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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

So Wrong

While you were busy trying to figure out if the Old Man was drunk or not...

Popular Ohio Democrat Drops Out of Race, and Perhaps Politics

Don't like this:
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.
So wrong.

Run, Paul. Run!

Don't let the bastards get you down.
"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."
Agreed.
Democrats wanted to avoid a drawn-out primary, especially one that could get bruising with a tough-talking outsider like Mr. Hackett.

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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.
Yep.

The last thing we need is another "Establishment Dem."
"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."
It's not just an exclusive club; it's the House of Lords. (House of Reps = House of Commons. As in "common" people. I've always said this.)

Question: Do the Dems in the House of Lords really want us to get out of Iraq?

Do na' think so.

Lotta people makin' a lotta money out there.

"In a free land...what do I get?"

More in a bit...

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