Tuesday, February 14, 2006

The other gang that can't shoot straight

from MyDD:
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."

Mr. Hackett was the first Iraq war veteran to seek national office, and the decision to steer him away from the Senate race has surprised those who see him as a symbol for Democrats who oppose the war but want to appear strong on national security.

"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.

How mind-bogglingly stupid. How tone-deaf. How tragically inept. Democrats don't just waffle on policy, they have learned how to publicly equivocate on internal politics, and have succeeded in hanging out to dry the very candidates who could address the "weak on defense" mantra the Republicans will now get to continue to hammer them with.

No wonder our Democratic leadership seem so dickless. You can only step on the thing so many times before it breaks off.


Blogger Dr. Bloor said...

Looks like our poor ex-Blue Meme is doomed to looking like broccoli for all eternity.

8:30 AM  

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