Chuck Hagel smears the lipstick!

Will wonders never cease? I mean, how often do we get to single out a Republican for their honesty? Really?

Well, Chuck Hagel, the United States Senator from Nebraska, and a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told the Omaha-World Herald, his party’s vice presidential nominee, Sarah Palin, lacks foreign policy experience and called it a “stretch” to say she’s qualified to be president.

She doesn’t have any foreign policy credentials,” Hagel said in an interview published Thursday by the Omaha World-Herald. “You get a passport for the first time in your life last year? I mean, I don’t know what you can say. You can’t say anything.”

Could Palin lead the country if GOP presidential nominee John McCain could not? “I think it’s a stretch to, in any way, to say that she’s got the experience to be president of the United States,” Hagel said.

McCain and other Republicans have defended Palin’s qualifications, citing Alaska’s proximity to Russia. Palin told ABC News, “They’re our next-door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.”

Hagel took issue with that argument. “I think they ought to be just honest about it and stop the nonsense about, ‘I look out my window and I see Russia and so therefore I know something about Russia,'” he said. “That kind of thing is insulting to the American people.”

Thank you Chuck, for having some integrity. Given some of your positions on the war and immigration, as well as your sound assessment of the Bush Administration, particularly where you said, it is my opinion that this is one of the most arrogant, incompetent administrations I’ve ever seen personally or ever read about, you sure you won’t consider changing parties?

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