The WaPo reports:
The Omaha World-Herald is reporting -- and The Post's Jonathan Weisman has confirmed -- that Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) will announce Monday that he will not seek a third term in 2008 nor run for any other national office.
The news that Hagel will leave the Senate creates a potentially competitive open seat, with former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D) and former Gov. Mike Johanns (R) -- two titans of Cornhusker politics -- mentioned prominently as his replacement.
Hagel would have faced a strong challenge from his own party, as his fierce opposition to the president's Iraq strategy and his willingness to buck party orthodoxy "left him as an odd man out in the Senate Republican Conference."
2008 could be a banner year for Democrats.