February 14, 2006


Popular Ohio Democrat Drops Out of Race, and Perhaps Politics (IAN URBINA, 2/14/06, NY Times)

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. [...]

"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.

"For me, this is a second betrayal," Mr. Hackett said. "First, my government misused and mismanaged the military in Iraq, and now my own party is afraid to support candidates like me."

It would almost be worth checking out a few of the Leftwing sites just to hear them scream today.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 14, 2006 7:50 AM

Sounds like he's prepping for a party switch.

Posted by: J.H. at February 14, 2006 9:31 AM

Captain Ed noted at his site that Kos apparently was one of the those carrying the knives used on Hackett. Since Marcos at last count was miles below the Mendoza Line when it came to electing candidates he forefully supported, this may be a sudden sign of logic, but it will be interesting to see how his posters react to his sudden alignment with The Man.

Posted by: John at February 14, 2006 9:32 AM

Another legend dies.

Posted by: Bob at February 14, 2006 9:37 AM

Outlasts another one?

Of course, Hackett was a weak candidate anyway, after telling the people of OH that they were undertaxed. That may fly on Kos, where very few visitors probably pay more than a nominal amount, but it won't fly in a statewide race in Republican territory.

This is going to hurt Bob Casey, because I'll bet there are a lot of pro-abortion Democrats in PA who are just itching for Barbara Hafer to jump into the Santorum race.

Can Sherrod Brown beat DeWine? Can he even get 45% of the vote?

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 14, 2006 9:48 AM

The machine (traditional party hacks) rolls over the moonbats (DU/Kos/MoveOn) once again.

It'll be interesting to see if the moonbats will go into open rebellion, or just fall into lockstep once more.

Posted by: Mike Morley at February 14, 2006 10:06 AM

If there is to be a moonbat rebellion, it might start here.

Posted by: Mike Morley at February 14, 2006 10:14 AM

--The idea that voters are too dumb to choose the best candidate is ridiculous.--


Posted by: Sandy P at February 14, 2006 10:52 AM

"betrayed", "stabed in the back" "slapped in the face" "f****d by the b*****ds who give the big bucks". That how the rank&file moonbats feel this morning. I saw it suggested that this move was planned by the DLC in order to save a moderate Republican seat. Go figure!?!

Posted by: Dave W at February 14, 2006 11:15 AM

Brown is well known. He was Secretary of State 1983-91. He probably doesn't have much of a chance against Dewine.

I don't know why Dave refers to Dewine as a moderte. He is a RINO, and if there were somebody, anybody, running against him in the primary, I would vote for the opponent.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 14, 2006 11:30 AM

It must be awful to be a moonbat. You currently have no lawmaking influence in Washington, but you've taken over much of the energy & fundraising of one of the two major parties. But the only way that that party can get elected to majority positions & gain lawmaking power is by repudiating everything you stand for. Awful to be a moonbat. Awful to be a Democrat. Good at the moment for the rest of us, but a one party system is Not A Good Thing.

Posted by: b at February 14, 2006 11:45 AM

We're a long way from a one party state, even one like they had up in the Great White North until last month. And as Harper showed, it's possible regroup and become victorious from even a deep hole.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 14, 2006 12:06 PM

Raoul: You're right. However, the Democrats have already seen what they need to do to get elected--run on the platform Clinton ran on (without Clinton's personal failings, if possible). In other words, move right of where they currently are. But their base will have none of that and is pulling hard left, because they are insane. So the options are move left to appease the base & keep the money & energy up, but never win national power. Or move right, and lose the base, and so never win national power. The Republicans don't have the same problem (despite what the delusional media likes to say), because America is a center-right nation.

Posted by: b at February 14, 2006 12:12 PM

Sounds like he's prepping for a party switch.

It'd be a little hard to explain why, after calling W a "son of a bitch" in his last campaign, he's now embracing W's party.

Posted by: Mike Morley at February 14, 2006 12:28 PM

He's a Republican, he just didn't like having to serve during wartime:


Posted by: oj at February 14, 2006 12:33 PM

Congressman Brown is the stronger candidate and probably will be a decent campaigner. But, unlike Mr. Hackett, he has a far-left voting record for Sen. DeWine to run one. I'm thinking he'll join Denise Majette's and Joe Hoeffel's lobbying office soon.

Posted by: AC at February 14, 2006 1:08 PM

The rest of you don't get the stacks of e-mails I receive from Rick Perlstein about how Paul Hackett and a few other obscure kooks demonstrate that the military hates the GOP. What happens to that meme now that the Democrats have tossed their soldier boy overboard?

Posted by: oj at February 14, 2006 1:16 PM

Didn't Rick have a list of seven Democrat Iraq veterans who were going to run in House races in the Red states and were going to sweep the Dems back into power? How are they all doing?

Posted by: David Cohen at February 14, 2006 2:05 PM

oj. Put Perlstein on your blocked messages list until he sees the error of his leftist ways.

Posted by: erp at February 14, 2006 2:42 PM

I just get tired of the self-proclaimed insta-moderate, mainstream, middle-of-the-road, open minded independents whining about horrible iti s that they have to choose between the icky GOP and the insane Dems. How it's like they're being forced into living in a one-party state because there are real differences between the two, and can't bounce back and forth selling their support to the highest bidder (and being identified as a Republican is going to cut into their social life). And then they do little to nothing about trying to take back, or over the Dems, or to form a new, centrist party, and create the ideal party of their dreams.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 14, 2006 9:03 PM

The Colombus Dispatch:

"I'm pro-choice, I'm pro-gay-rights, I'm pro-gun-rights. Call me nuts, but I think they're all based on the same principle and that is we don't need government dictating to us how we live our private lives."

Asked to define being pro-gay-rights, Hackett said anybody who tries to deny homosexuals the same rights, including marriage, as every other citizen is un-American. Are you saying, he was asked, that the 62 percent of Ohioans who voted in November 2004 to constitutionally deny same-sex marriages are un-American?

"If what they believe is that we're going to have a scale on judging which Americans have equal rights, yeah, that's un-American. They've got to accept that. It's absolutely un-American." [...]

"The Republican Party has been hijacked by the religious fanatics that, in my opinion, aren't a whole lot different than Osama bin Laden and a lot of the other religious nuts around the world."

Can't imagine why they unloaded him.

Posted by: Noel at February 14, 2006 9:28 PM