It would be a boon to those of us who are alarmed by what Hagel has called the hijacking of the Republican Party. With sectarian murders rising in Baghdad, I can see internal GOP chaos in the fall, as the current crop of candidates try to decide if to support the president (and face potential electoral doom) or to run directly against his war policy. Under those circumstances, a war-critic like Hagel could be very well-positioned. A Nebraska-New York ticket could also win many votes from Blue State Republicans and Independents, and reduce the Rove Christianist machine to a rancid rump. Money quote from Hagel:
"The president may find himself standing alone sometime this fall where Republicans will start to move away, and you're starting to see trapdoors and exit signs already with a number of Republicans. The 11 House Republicans that went to see him speak for more than just 11 House Republicans. That's just the tip of the iceberg."
My advice: don't run as Independents. Run as Independent Republicans. We may have to split this party in order to save what's left of it.