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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

And once again, we see the Dems just can't wait to make the GOP's job of maintaining a majority in both the House & The Senate easier-Good job dimwits

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Popular Ohio Democrat Drops Out of Race, and Perhaps Politics

Paul Hackett, an Iraq war veteran and popular Democratic candidate in Ohio's closely watched Senate contest, said yesterday that he was dropping out of the race and leaving politics altogether as a result of pressure from party leaders.

Mr. Hackett said Senators Charles E. Schumer of New York and Harry Reid of Nevada, the same party leaders who he said persuaded him last August to enter the Senate race, had pushed him to step aside so that Representative Sherrod Brown, a longtime member of Congress, could take on Senator Mike DeWine, the Republican incumbent.

Hackett came within inches of smacking down the truly repulsive & vile Jean Schmidt, and he did so in an owverwhelmingly GOP district. Hackett was the first vet of the Iraq war to run for political office, and was scathing in his assessment of almost all things Bush Jr related, but especially how this fiasco of a war has been prosecuted

That near victory apparently wasn't good enough for the Dems to do the right thing and back someone who brings some very badly needed spine & fire to this otherwise anemic, EXTREMELY anemic party of the "We're not as bad as the GOP"

And the word "undercutting" doesn't even come close to describing the Dems treachery here

"This is an extremely disappointing decision that I feel has been forced on me," said Mr. Hackett, whose announcement comes two days before the state's filing deadline for candidates. He said he was outraged to learn that party leaders were calling his donors and asking them to stop giving and said he would not enter the Second District Congressional race.

It's not enough to pressure Hackett to withdraw, no, the Dems have to whine to Hackett's contributors, and the extremely bad punchline to an extremely unfunny joke is that, according to the Dems, Rep Sherrod Brown already had about 10 times the money in the bank that Hackett did

Which begs the observation-if Brown was such a slam dunk, and has so much more money than Hackett, then why in the hell did the Dems see Hackett as an obstruction to Brown's efforts?

And what other damage did the witless Dems do with their best imitation of Cheney on his hunting trip?

"Alienating Hackett is not just a bad idea for the party, but it also sends a chill through the rest of the 56 or so veterans that we've worked to run for Congress," said Mike Lyon, executive director for the Band of Brothers, a group dedicated to electing Democratic veterans to national office. "Now is a time for Democrats to be courting, not blocking, veterans who want to run."

So, in a desperate bid to appear tough on National Security, the Dems are now pushing away Iraq Vets who wish to run as Dems in elections around the country

Perhaps instead of believing that playing nice with loathsome slugs like the GOP Senate leadership, the Dems could actually put conviction to do the right thing above the conviction to get along with those who impugn their motives and their patriotism at EVERY fucking opportunity

Jennifer Duffy, who analyzes Senate races for the Cook Political Report, said that part of what made Democratic leaders nervous about Mr. Hackett was what had also made him so popular with voters.

"Hackett is seen by many as a straight talker, and he became an icon to the liberal bloggers because he says exactly what they have wished they would hear from a politician," Ms. Duffy said. "On the other hand, the Senate is still an exclusive club, and the party expects a certain level of decorum that Hackett has not always shown."

God forbid the Dems would actually start showing some backbone on a consistent basis for a change-Aside from Sens Feingold, Durbin, Kennedy & Boxer, the consistent standing up for the right thing is seemingly nonexistent

And, of course, never worry that the Dems will run away from the GOP's wingnut Taliban base of religious fanatics who call themselves Christians while carrying out the most unChristlike of actions and statements-Apparently, the idea of finally taking on these Modern Day Pharisees is still a more of a dream than a reality

Mr. Hackett was widely criticized last year for using indecent language to describe President Bush. Last month, state Republicans attacked Mr. Hackett for saying their party had been hijacked by religious extremists who he said "aren't a whole lot different than Osama bin Laden."

Hackett was exactly right with this statement, it's just a shame that instead of sticking up against the anti-Christian GOP parasites, instead of giving the GOP something to really worry about by recruiting as many Iraq veterans to run as Dems as possible, the Dems decide to once again, roll over and hope the GOP won't kick their ribs in and their teeth down their throats too badly this time

The Dems are almost completely worhtless as an aopposition party at this point, and if we're hoping the Dems will help save this country from the more & more blatant fascism on display in a fracturing GOP, then we're all fucked, it's really that simple


  • Geeze KC, this is the first time I've disagreed with you. First, the dem candidate, Sherrod Brown has an impressive progressive voting record. He has served the people of Ohio for a long time. He has name recognition, an infrastucure already in place, a war chest and longevity. It isn't like he was kicked to the curb for a DINO.

    Now, just stop a minute, take a deep breath and think about this for a minute.

    Do you like the way that Hackett dropped out? To me he sounded like a petulent child. Do you think it was the right thing to do to send out a press release telling the world that he was forced to drop out by the leadership? Do you think this helped the party in any way? He is a grown man, if he thought he was doing was the right thing by running, why in hell didn't he stick by it? Frankly, I think his dropping out now is the best thing that could happen, because after reading what he had to say, I doubt if he would be a good democratic politician. And we already know that Brown is.

    By Anonymous Susan, at 9:48 PM  

  • Heya Susan

    I have to diasgree here

    The dems pushed HAckett to run for the office when Brown decided initially he didn't want to run

    It was then that Hackett gave his word to other candidates that he wouldn't run for the same spot he'd lost previously to Schmidt

    It was after Hackett started a campaign that Brown changed his mind

    And in a fit of absolute sliminess, Ride & Shumer turned around and started pressuring Hackett's campaign contributors to stop their contributing

    Hackett's been the one guy who mouthed off about Bush, he accurately slammed the wingnuts running the GOP as "not much different from Usama bin Laden" and he's been the ONLY Dem I've heard stick up strongly for the rights of gays-and not just treating them as a source of campaign contributions

    The dems strategy has not paid off in the last two presidential elections, and it failed even more miserably when the GOP actually gained seats in the 2004 election as well

    What the dems need is more of What Russell Feingold is dishing out in the latest edition of Salon

    Patriot Act traitors
    If Democrats aren't going to stand up to an executive who tramples on the rights of innocent Americans, what do we stand for?


    It took a long time for Democrats to step up and challenge the administration's baseless assertions that the Patriot Act could not be changed without threatening the security of the American people. When we finally did so, when we decided to make the case that we can fight terrorism and protect our American principles at the same time, it looked like Democrats were finally ready to stand on principle and offer strong leadership.

    Instead, too many Democrats have folded, and momentum for critical changes to the Patriot Act to protect our freedoms has been squandered. Some Democrats may be breathing sighs of relief that the president can't use this issue to paint them as "soft" on terrorism. But we're not doing the party or the country any favors by refusing to challenge an administration that views our freedoms as collateral damage in the war on terrorism. If Democrats aren't going to stand up to an executive who disdains the other branches of government and doesn't worry about trampling on the rights of innocent Americans, what do we stand for?

    Thank you Senator Feingold, you're one of the VERY few bright spots in the Democratic Party these days-and at this point, one of only a very small numbers of Dems I would consider voting for in any election

    Now if only the damn DLC will get the message that sucking up to the GOP hasn't yet paid off, there might be a chance to take advantage of all those problems & internal divisions that are wracking the GOP right now

    I refuse as a liberal to back anyone in the Dem party anymore unless they're as strongspined as Feingold is

    I didn't grieve over Paul Wellstone's death just to let the GOP lite crowd steal the party and shun every principle Wellstone was all about

    The problem is the DLC, not the bloggers, the liberals, progressives or the Grassroots

    By Blogger KingCranky II, at 1:43 AM  

  • NO, the DLC was not behind this idiocy. Try the young bucks of the blogosphere who sold themselves to the first campaign that would give them some money. All it took to kneecap Hackett's campaign with regard to netroots support was to appeal to the egos of key bloggers (Hey, I'm no longer an unemployed member of the pajama media corps, I'm a "campaign consultant"). They were used. Hackett was used. This is a pathetic episode all around.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:18 AM  

  • Sherrod Brown has a long progressive voting record. Hackett is a complete unknown. But IMO it tells us a lot about the kind of person he is just by the way he quit the race. And make no mistake, he quit! And after quiting he not only blamed everyone else, but, went to the press with it, possibly hurting the party in the senate race in Ohio. Fuck him is my thought on him. The repubs have enough ammo without Hackett giving them more. Don't be surpised if you see him join another party.

    By Anonymous Susan, at 8:07 PM  

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