Former Republican Senator Hagel Says Reagan Would Not Identify With Modern GOP

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    Former Republican Senator Hagel Says Reagan Would Not Identify With Modern GOP



    Last week, former Sen. John Danforth (R-MO) told ThinkProgress that his party was becoming “increasingly inconsequential” and “intolerant” following the defeat of veteran Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN). Now, former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) has also taken aim at his party for its ideological extremism.


    Hagel — who served two terms in the Senate, between 1997 and 2009 — told Foreign Policy magazine on Friday that the Republican Party “is in the hands of the right, I would say the extreme right, more than ever before.” He observed:

    Reagan wouldn’t identify with this party. There’s a streak of intolerance in the Republican Party today that scares people. Intolerance is a very dangerous thing in a society because it always leads to a tragic ending. Ronald Reagan was never driven by ideology. He was a conservative but he was a practical conservative. He wanted limited government but he used government and he used it many times. And he would work with the other party. …

    Now the Republican Party is in the hands of the right, I would say the extreme right, more than ever before. You’ve got a Republican Party that is having difficulty facing up to the fact that if you look at what happened during the first 8 years of the century, it was under Republican direction. …
    The Republican Party is dealing with this schizophrenia. It was the Republican leadership that got us into this mess. If Nixon or Eisenhower were alive today, they would be run out of the party.





     
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    And they would run Teddy Roosevelt out for being a tree hugger.
     
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    Hagel? Is that the best you can do? You gotta be kidding. Hagel campaigned for Obama against John McCain.
     
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    Yeah well Reagan left the Democrat party...and he DAMN SURE wouldn't recognize it TODAY with the takeover of it by the Progressives..

    destroyed the Democrat party of old
     
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    Wasn't Hagel one of the very few republicans to vote against the authorization to use force against Iraq?


    No wonder the righties do not like him, he is a reasonable person that is not a party sheeple.
     
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    corporatists ruined the Democratic party.
     
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    poor Hagel spewing sour grapes
     
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    and you're being ugly, like usual.
    so what
     
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    well he sure as hell wouldn't identify with you libturds.
     

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