Hackett Exit Met With Mixed Reviews

After hearing that Paul Hackett had decided to drop out of the Ohio Senate race with the following comment, “For me, this is a second betrayal. First, my government misused and mismanaged the military in Iraq, and now my own party is afraid to support candidates like me.” I decided to take a cruise around the lefty-blogosphere to see what folks were saying.


To be clear — Hackett didn’t stand a chance. He had a tenth of Brown’s money, and that was before party people allegedly tried to stop Hackett’s donors from giving. His field operation in the special election was literally put together and implemented by Dan Lucas. Who is Dan Lucas? Sherrod Brown’s campaign manager. Hackett’s netroots effort in the special election was put together by Tim Tagaris. And while Tim is now at the DNC, he helped put together Brown’s netroots operation.

So it was Brown’s people who helped put together the nuts and bolts of Hackett’s special election campaign, and they were now working for their boss — Sherrod Brown.

Steve Clemons:

To accomplish what is essentially a hijacking of the party — or at least to wrestle away the helm of party control — the insurgents who were behind Hackett need to have weight in a good 25-30% of other key races that Democrats are wresling with (if not more). The 25-30% is enough inside the party to play a controlling or significant co-stakeholder role in party decision-making.

Furthermore, to win this battle for control — some candidates, like Hackett, will have to vigorously run until the end, even if their candidacy looks doomed, or cash-strapped. It is certainly true that a slug-fest between Sherrod Brown and Paul Hackett may have harmed the Democratic Party — and may even help Mike DeWine — but to win a seat at the table and to chair the meeting when decisions are being made, the insurgent Dems will have to line up behind a number of candidates willing to go all the way.

One can’t change the Democratic Party establishment if one remains dependent on that party’s good graces and preferences. In this case, Rahm Emanuel and Co. began to choke Hackett because he wasn’t playing ball the way that Rahm wanted or needed him to.

A successful insurgency won’t care what Emanuel does. The insurgents will see victory behind both short-term defeats and short-term wins. Hackett needed to go all of the way — win or lose — to give the insurgents validation and strength in the Democratic Party.

The Left Coaster:

It is time to abandon the Democratic Party and seek to establish a real opposition to Bu$hCo. It is clear that there is no other option. Every chance they have had to do something to halt the destruction of America, they have found some way to drop the ball. They don’t want to win. they don’t want to try.

They must want a one-party state.

A Violently Executed Blog:

Paul Hackett was the best thing that’s happened to Ohio politics in a long time, and you sons of bitches shoved him out the door. You idiots, you simple-brained spineless hacks, have connived to drive away a man that’s done more to energize the Democratic Party than any old party boss in the last 30 years. Sherrod Brown – who’s he? What’s he done lately? Not a lot. He’s one of the old guard, the ones that lost Ohio in the first place, one of the clueless, colorless dull-as-dishwater types that has spent the last several years managing to fail to capitalize on the plethora of scandals that circle the GOP like hungry buzzards.

Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid, who have failed to provide anythying resembling adequate leadership to the Democratic Party over the last several years, presenting themselves ass-up for Frist and Santorum at almost every opportunity, went so far as to call the major donors that supported Hackett and urge them to cut him off. They were terrified that Hackett would say something indelicate, that he might offend the right wing circle jerkers by speaking truth.


Yah, what Stoller says. I had no position on the Hackett/Brown primary, but I saw no reason why it wasn’t the perfect time/place to actually have a primary. They aren’t always bad things. There isn’t a lump sum of money for elections which gets eaten away which strangely seems to be a common view among people.

Stirling Newberry:

Paul Hackett, who electrified the Democratic Party faithful by nearly staging a special election upset in the heart of corrupt Republican Ohio, has pulled out of the Senate race there. There is some murmuring among his supporters, who admire his fight. However, what this is really the result of is lack of communication within the Democratic Party, candidates need to be more forthright with each other about plans, so that the available targets of opportunity can be more easily divided up – because, after all, it is the ability to increase the number, and quality, of seats, that is important.

It’s my earnest hope that Paul Hackett takes this in stride – the question is when, not if, he is going to be in higher elected office. As for Ohio – Brown is a solid progressive, who has a great team behind him. In fact, many of the people who were instrumental in helping bring Hackett close to victory are working for Brown in this election. This wasn’t a case of machine Democrat – or worse Vichycrat – against an insurgent, but a swerve as two highly qualified people were driving for the same open lane.

No harm, no foul. Now let’s get to work on putting Paul Hackett’s talents to best use. And take the lesson – candidates who are seriously considering a run need to have better back channel negotiations.

So that is what some bloggers have to say, what is your take?

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