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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:24 PM
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Paul Hackett: Thanks For Nothing
Yep, he's a real team player. I haven't had too much to say about Hackett because I just wasn't sure what actually transpired, but now he's gone on Hardball and accused the Brown campaign of swiftboating him. If he keeps this up, he's going to sink Brown's campaign. Not helpful.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:25 PM
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1. did you hear he signed on with the other veterans
who have formed a pac to help the country?
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wryter2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:27 PM
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3. He was on Schultz today
He said they'd help Republicans, too, if they met the criteria. I have no idea what the criteria are.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:35 PM
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27. other than just hackett have said that.
just sayin.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:27 PM
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7. Yes, but that doesn't
negate the damage he's doing.
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insane_cratic_gal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 08:49 PM
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65. If Brown did half of what Hackett accuses him of
You reap what you sow.. It's called Karma

I'd redirect that anger at those who deserve it. Playing dirty is never an admirable quality
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 11:58 PM
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96. Of course there is no proof
You do know that right? It's all he said vs he said crap. It's all "rumors."
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Pachamama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 02:14 AM
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121. The ultimate irony: The reason Hackett was asked to drop out was in order
to avoid a nasty fight between Brown and Hackett and spare the voters and embarressment to the Democratic Party....

And here we have a fight and embarressment to the Dem Party anyway.... :eyes:
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NoPasaran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:27 PM
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8. Dropping out of the primary
And smearing his former opponent is a funny way to do it
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Edgewater_Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:28 PM
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9. So What? He Undercuts That Work By His Selfishness
And make no mistake -- by attacking Sherrod Brown despite what has been pretty well-documented problems in his campaign and his egotistical refusal to run in a campaign for a "lesser" office he could have won, he makes it harder for Democrats to take over the House.

Which means every issue he claims are important to him will suffer.

Which means the happiest guy remains Karl Rove.

SHUT UP, HACKETT.
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RazzleDazzle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 09:32 PM
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69. Telling the truth is "attacking" Sherrod Brown?
Shame, shame, that there are any people here who would counsel that we protect and enable people who do wrong by keeping secrets for them. That enables them, allows them to continue doing wrong. That's how and why we get dysfunctional elected leaders in the first place, and it's how our government becomes ever increasingly sick and dysfunctional.

Sherrod Brown and his staff have never denied the allegations. Hackett said today that he heard it again and again from outside parties ABOUT Brown's staff (that they were spreading rumors about his military service). If I were Sherrod Brown (and innocent), I'd get to the bottom of this and fire the asses of anyone involved in such skullduggery.

But all we've heard from the Brown camp are non-denial denials. Strange, that.
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 10:14 PM
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77. This issue..
... points out to me that an awful lot of people are either

1) completely ignorant of what just happened, you know, the salient facts

2) basically as immoral as the average Republican politician

It's not a pleasant thing to see. Hackett got screwed. You guys (not you :)) apparently think he should be a good boy and wipe the KY off his butt and crawl into a hole somewhere, you know, like a typical Dem would. But he's not a typical Dem, and we need a few like him among us - but every time one shows up the party bosses get nervous and cut his legs off.

Y'all better start figuring out what this means.
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RazzleDazzle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 10:32 PM
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84. There's a 3rd alternative
that immediately springs to mind --

3) So afraid of "losing" some more that they're willing to do anything. Most especially, though, they erroneously believe that protecting wrongdoers (by censuring those who dare speak up and talk about the wrongdoing) will make it possible to win.

It's a very sad state of affairs.
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 10:48 PM
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88. Good point..
.... but we all know where that leads.

I've been ranting since the day I got here that Dems need to learn to talk shit the way republicans do. I believe we have to use some of the same rhetorical tricks that they do. I do not believe that becoming liars or backstabbers is going to get us anywhere. Anywhere I care to go anyways.
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 11:59 PM
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97. He should have to prove it
Right now it's all he said vs he said crap. There IS NO PROOF!
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saracat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 12:58 AM
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116. Sorry but that is baloney. Reid and Schumer admit they asked him to run.
And it is equally true they asked him to withdraw. That alone is enough. And it is obvious, as they do NOT deny it that they called donors and asked them to hold off. Drying up someon's money because you want another candidate and then using the excuse you didn't raise enough, stinks. And it also stinks that Paul asked Sherrod for permission initially and Sherrod said go ahead, he wasn't running. Hackett refused to do that to the other congressional candidates and I respect him for it. Call it politics as usual if you like but it still isn't right and a so called "liberal" like Brown ain't gonna win in Ohio. I hope I am wrong but I think Hackett"s military backgrounf and straight talk would have gotten the Repuke vote. Sherrod's vapid "intellectualism" won't work statewide. But whatever. Keeping quiet and not acknowlwdging the nastiness won't make it go away. Sherrod Brown hasn't even reached out an olive branch to Hackett and asked for help. Hackett said he would help if asked. That also says something!
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ticapnews Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 09:54 PM
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71. He was asked to run for the Senate
Back when Brown was trying to decide if he should run for the Senate. Hackett told the candidates that are now running for the House seat that he wouldn't run against them if they ran. It wasn't an egotistical choice not to run for a "lesser" office, it was keeping his word to others. Something the DLC/DSCC should try sometime. They caused this mess. They would rather have DeWine in the Senate than risk a maverick like Hackett joining the Senate Club and causing trouble (like actually standing up to the GOP once in a while)
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 10:16 PM
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78. Thank you ..
... for having a clue. So few here seem to, it's astounding.
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wallybarron Donating Member (165 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 12:48 AM
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114. Thank you
Typical behavior for state party Dems. WV has the same problem.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 11:15 PM
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 09:02 PM
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67. I got the whiny email
"Anyone who was upset about what happened to my Senate campaign should support IAVA PAC to help ensure it happens to no one else," said Hackett.

He's not helping anything and I'm disgusted that the group let this go out at all. If this fighting doesn't stop, this election is going to be the worst debacle since 1972.
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RazzleDazzle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 10:05 PM
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73. But what was done to HIM is a-okay, eh? Is that it?
He's the one who was wronged, and yet he's the one who should just eat it, take it like a man (or sometehing), just shut the fuck up and take it for the good of the party?

Sick, sick, sick, sick. Dysfunctional and sick.

I'm VERY proud of him for standing strong and speaking up. I wasn't even that big a fan of his -- but after seeing him on Hardball today, I'm sold. He was splendid.
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 11:37 PM
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94. What was done to him???
Nobody knows anything was done to him, including HIM. What he thinks was done to him by Brown could have just as easily been done by DeWine. We do know his staff leaked crap on Brown though, we know that for sure. And we do know Hackett intends to spend the year bashing the Democratic Party, and somehow expects that to win in November. We know that too. He got a little party pressure and folded. I'm glad he won't be in the Senate, if that's how weak he really is.
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 12:03 AM
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99. He's the one who didn't fight
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Selatius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:27 PM
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2. This wouldn't have happened if Brown didn't reverse course
It was poor performance of Brown to say he wouldn't run and then change his mind long after Hackett got the gears in motion and say he would run, which rendered Hackett's efforts as pointless. All that money sunk into arranging a campaign, planning, etc. wasted because Brown reversed course.
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Edgewater_Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:29 PM
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11. No -- It Woudn't Have Happened if Hackett Went After Schmitt
But his ego wouldn't allow that, so you continue to be duped by this guy, who more and more looks like he's made of snake oil.
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:33 PM
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24. It is not ego .... it is called keeping your word.
Edited on Mon Feb-20-06 06:34 PM by Botany
He promised the other 3 dems in the primary he would not get back into the
dist. 2 race if things went bad in his senate run. And he did just that.

Brown told Hackett that he was not going to run and then got into the race after
Hackett got into the race. Those are the facts.

Beside in the general Hackett had a much better chance then Brown ....
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 10:23 PM
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81. Give me a break....
Excuses excuses....

None of those three other candidates has a chance...

Hackett did...
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tkmorris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 10:52 PM
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89. Gotta disagree there
A man's word should MEAN something. If he told those three running that he would not challenge them, it doesn't matter in the slightest what chance they have to win.
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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:40 PM
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33. Ummmm
Evereyone checked with Brown before Hackett announced he was running for the Senate (this includes Reid and Schumer). Brown changed his mind not Hackett. If anyone is selfish it's Brown.
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 12:05 AM
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101. Wrong
Hackett denied the people of Ohio a choice by backing down.
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formernaderite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 07:13 AM
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124. I have no problem with brown getting into the primary
that is the democratic process. It's the undemocratic campaign against Hackett that is despicable. I still feel Brown is the better candidate, but I really don't like this campaign so far.
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Selatius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:42 PM
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35. So you ignore Brown's broken word for Hackett's ego?
Edited on Mon Feb-20-06 06:42 PM by Selatius
Nice strategy. If I looked at it from this point of view, your guy is just as bad as Hackett, so you have no grounds to attack a person's pigheaded ego, which is a subjective call, to the fact that an agreement was broken.
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 12:06 AM
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102. Obviously you missed when
it was told here on DU that Brown decided to run because Hackett missed the date that people go and sign up to run. So it's obvious that Hackett was slow about signing up to run and Brown figured he wasn't going to run and did.
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1932 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 07:14 PM
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56. If Hackett was going to be a backstabbing Senator who supports Republicans
if they meet some vague criteria, then we're lucky Brown entered the race.
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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 09:17 PM
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68. or is this an early showing of hackett character. and if this hadnt
come out so soon, would have just come out at a later date for us to see.

i didnt think he was democrat. i gave to him.... but
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 12:04 AM
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100. Gee so nobody is allowed to run against the god Hackett?
Please. If Hackett was so sure he would win the primaries why did he back down? I've yet to get an answer.
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:27 PM
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4. Ohio Voter here
Edited on Mon Feb-20-06 06:29 PM by Botany
Well, somebody swiftboated Hackett and that is the fact*. And fact # 2 is that the same people who asked
Hackett into the race under cut him once he was in. Chuck Schummer take your bow.






* Dan Lucas take your bow.

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BuyingThyme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:27 PM
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5. Don't fault him for telling the truth.
Brown is now damaged goods, an elitist candidate for the Democratic money people, and that's the fault of many Democrats, but Hackett is not among them.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:30 PM
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13. An elitest candidate?
Please explain what you mean by that.
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BuyingThyme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:31 PM
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He's one of the chosen ones. He's so special that he gets to bypass
the primary process, gets to shit on democracy, gets a free ride.

You can't get any more elitist than that.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:34 PM
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26. Sherrod Brown is
a true progressive. He's done more for people than Paul Hackett has by a huge margin. He's also paid his political dues, something Hackett seems to think he's above. Now, that's elitest.
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BuyingThyme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:37 PM
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29. Yes, but if you think democracy is a system of "political dues,"
you support elitism. Why don't you just say so?
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:41 PM
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34. I support people who've been working long and
hard in the trenches for progressive causes. If that makes me a supporter of elitism, fine.
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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:42 PM
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37. So...you'd support Feinstein over say Sheehan if Cindy had run?
afterall Diane had paid her dues and Cindy hasn't
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:47 PM
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44. I woudn't vote for Sheehan for
anything. I don't think she's cut out for the congress. She's a teriffic activist. That doesn't neccessarily translate. In her case, I don't think it does. And DiFI actually has a pretty liberal voting record, contrary to revisionist DU conventional wisdom.
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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:53 PM
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53. And see...
I agree with you about Diane. I worked for her campaign when she was Mayor of San Fran back when I attended SFSU and I worked on her Governor's campaign against peetey. I was just curious because there are many here who have said the same thing you have about Hackett -- the working your way through the system, but then turn around and say they'd support Sheehan over Diane. I find this to be a double standard.
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Clark2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:48 PM
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46. You don't think fighting for your country - even in a misguided
war started by politicians - is doing something for the people?

Oh, brother! :eyes:

I don't have a dog in this fight, living in Tennessee, but I do think that being a Marine is "doing something" for the people.

And I don't give a flip about paying "political" dues. I care about leadership abilities and most politicians, sadly, aren't leaders.
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 12:10 AM
Response to Reply #46
103. He doesn't know anything about politics
And it's so obvious he can't handle peer pressure. Gee, shouldn't you have learned that by high school? :eyes: Just because someone serves their country doesn't mean they know politics. There are great vets running this time around who are newbies but as far as I know they're mostly running for the Congress. They're not getting over their heads. They're also actually doing the work it takes in a campaign...even the events you don't want to go to.
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Clark2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 07:16 AM
Response to Reply #103
126. You, my child, obviously know nothing about the military.
Honestly, if you think that the military isn't about politics, maybe YOU should go back to high school.

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Lerkfish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 08:03 AM
Response to Reply #103
127. maybe politics as usual is the problem?
Maybe not having career politicians would be a nice refreshing change. Look around you and see what has been done, or not done, by career politicians who know something about politics.

I'm just sayin.

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GeorgeGist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 01:32 PM
Response to Reply #103
140. Apparently you didn't learn in school...
that the Senate is part of the Congress.
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herbbrown Donating Member (318 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 07:13 AM
Response to Reply #46
125. Right On, nice post nt
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wakeme2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 07:28 PM
Response to Reply #26
61. And he is a Ted Kennedy Liberal in Ohio--- LOSER nt
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 10:40 PM
Response to Reply #26
87. Brown has a documented almost 100% progressive voting record.
nothing to sneeze at IMO, although conveniently overlooked and, worse, impugned by some out of anger over what happened to Hackett. I worked for Hackett in his last campaign; regardless, one cannot reasonably ignore Brown's excellent record. Hackett has proved he's not ready for prime time with this response.
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Lerkfish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 08:06 AM
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128. But why did Brown change his mind and run when he said he wouldn't?
I think that's the crux of the issue, not progressive voting records. Yes, I'm for Brown, and was before Hackett came on the scene, but I frankly don't understand what they did to Hackett. Seems like bait him in with support and at the last minute, cut him off at the legs.
If I were Hackett, I"d be upset, too. I might react differently, but my reaction does not negate or excuse retroactively the apparent backstabbing.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:30 PM
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BuyingThyme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:34 PM
Response to Reply #14
25. I didn't say anything about believing anybody, but don't fault you for
lying. Your fear of reality is understandable.
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wakeme2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 07:29 PM
Response to Reply #14
62. You should read more and stop attacking better informed nt
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ticapnews Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 10:02 PM
Response to Reply #14
72. So when other Democrats "trash" him, it's ok
But he can't criticize others.

Double Standard.

Got it.
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still_one Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:27 PM
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6. I won't watch MSM, especially hardball, but did he really trash brown?
that is what I was waiting for also before I would comment also
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:31 PM
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18. Yes n/t
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RazzleDazzle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 10:09 PM
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75. Not unless you consider telling the truth "trashing" Brown --
What he said, and he said it several times, was that there were a lot of (county?) Dem Party chairs who told him about the rumors and that they came from Brown's staff.

Is that trashing Brown?

Not in my book. YMMV.

Brown's staff has not, to my knowledge, issued any REAL denials, only those non-denial denials like calling the charges "ridiculous" and saying "this race isn't about Paul Hackett or Sherrod Brown, it's about the people," yada yada. Pfffft. Non-denial denials.
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iconoclastNYC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:28 PM
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10. Nah
Edited on Mon Feb-20-06 06:29 PM by iconoclastNYC
The story inside Ohio will be issues, not this inter party drama.

I don't like how Hackett handled his withdrawl but this will pass.

The sky is not falling.
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King Coal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:29 PM
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12. Maybe he just got sick of DINOs. Who hasn't?
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skipos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:31 PM
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15. I didn't know Brown was a Dino
that's news to me.
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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:32 PM
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21. Brown was the more liberal of the two candidates
but I do think that Hackett should have stayed in so there was a primary and the voters choose. Why didn't he stay in?
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still_one Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 08:44 PM
Response to Reply #21
64. I am not going to take a position on this because I am quite confused
but If the party leadership essentially ignores you the big money funding is gone. hackett is a pragmatist, why waste your time if the party machinary is against you

No offense, but the DLC essentially did that to Dean
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 12:13 AM
Response to Reply #64
106. Oh good grief
Not the DLC/Dean crap again. DEAN WAS ONE OF THEM! HE'S A VERY CENTRIST DEMOCRAT! GOOD GRIEF!!! Hackett backed down himself. He's a wuss where it comes to politics.
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still_one Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 10:41 AM
Response to Reply #106
139. don't worry I am not even from ohio
I have no say in their future, the people of ohio do, and they haven't done very well if you ask me

From a blue state to a full blown red state. What will be interesting is after all the scandals in ohio if the morans still vote the repukes in. I say it is even money

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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 12:12 AM
Response to Reply #21
105. That's been my question all along
Why did he back down? If he has such an ego where he thought he would win the primaries why the hell did he not stay and fight? Gee I thought he was tough.
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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:51 PM
Response to Reply #12
47. some facts about Sherrod Brown -- the so-called DINO
Edited on Mon Feb-20-06 06:54 PM by Douglas Carpenter
Representative Sherrod Brown voted against the Iraq War Resolution, the Patriot Act, NAFTA and almost personally lead the fight against CAFTA

Brown Tops DeWine in New Poll
An Opinion Consultants poll finds Ohio voters favor Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for the U.S. Senate over incumbent Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH), 43% to 38%

http://politicalwire.com/archives/2006/01/26/brown_tops...

Sherrod Brown is endorsed by PDA (Progressive Democrats of America) and is an outspoken member of the Progressive Caucus.

Representative Brown is at least as liberal as Sen. Kennedy or Sen. Feingold

courtesy of vote smart - link:

http://www.vote-smart.org/issue_rating_category.php?can...

2005 Representative Brown supported the interests of the Council on American-Islamic Relations 100 percent in 2005.

2004 Representative Brown supported the interests of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation 100 percent in 2004.

2004 Representative Brown supported the interests of the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA) 100 percent in 2004.

2004 Representative Brown supported the interests of the Peace Action 100 percent in 2004.

2003-2004 Representative Brown supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 84 percent in 2003-2004.

2005 Representative Brown supported the interests of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 96 percent in 2005.

2004 Representative Brown supported the interests of the Arab American Institute 50 percent in 2004.

2004 Representative Brown supported the interests of the National Council of La Raza 100 percent in 2004.

2003-2004 Representative Brown supported the interests of the Human Rights Campaign 77 percent in 2003-2004.

2003-2004 Representative Brown supported the interests of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 90 percent in 2003-2004.

2003-2004 Representative Brown supported the interests of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights 100 percent in 2003-2004.

2003-2004 Representative Brown supported the interests of the National Education Association 89 percent in 2003-2004.

2005 Representative Brown supported the interests of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers 100 percent in 2005.

2005 Representative Brown supported the interests of the Service Employees International Union 100 percent in 2005.

2005 Representative Brown supported the interests of the United Auto Workers 93 percent in 2005.

2004 Representative Brown supported the interests of the American Postal Workers Union 100 percent in 2004.

2004 Representative Brown supported the interests of the AFL-CIO 100 percent in 2004.

2004 Representative Brown supported the interests of the United Auto Workers 93 percent in 2004.

2004 On the votes that the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers considered to be the most important in 2004, Representative Brown voted their preferred position 88 percent of the time.

2004 On the votes that the Service Employees International Union considered to be the most important in 2004, Representative Brown voted their preferred position 100 percent of the time.

2004 Representative Brown supported the interests of the Communications Workers of America 100 percent in 2004.

2004 Representative Brown supported the interests of the United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers 100 percent in 2004.

2003-2004 Representative Brown supported the interests of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees 100 percent in 2003-2004.

2003-2004 On the votes that the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers considered to be the most important in 2003-2004, Representative Brown voted their preferred position 100 percent of the time.

2004 Representative Brown supported the interests of the Americans for Democratic Action 95 percent in 2004.

2005 Representative Brown supported the interests of the American Wilderness Coalition 100 percent in 2005.

2005 Representative Brown supported the interests of the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund 100 percent in 2005..

2004 Representative Brown supported the interests of the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund 100 percent in 2004.

2003-2004 Representative Brown supported the interests of the League of Conservation Voters 94 percent in 2003-2004.

2004 In 2004 National Organization for Women endorsed Representative Brown.

2005 Representative Brown supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2005.
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DemonFighterLives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 11:10 PM
Response to Reply #47
91. I'm sold
Brown sounds like a winner.
He is on the right side of the War/Peace equation.
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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 05:12 AM
Response to Reply #47
122. WAR/PEACE is the most important ethical consideration of all
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:31 PM
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16. He's in over his head, he doesn't get how the system works
That "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" ideal hasn't existed for many, many, many decades, if it ever did.

So long as campaigns are privately funded, it will always be thus. If ya wanna play in the arena, ya have to play by those ugly rules. You can rail against them, but it is an entrenched system, very resistant to change--kind of like an infection that no penicillin can kill!

I didn't see the piece, but he probably would have benefitted from a sit-down with one of the old pros whose stance on the issues he respected.

It totally sucks, but it is the way it is. And so long as we are out of power, we are not going to change it. For now, we have to work within that framework, like it or not.
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 12:14 AM
Response to Reply #16
107. That's a movie
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MrBenchley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:31 PM
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17. Seems like we're well rid of him....
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ruggerson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 10:24 PM
Response to Reply #17
82. Yeah, right.
So an old school style, rank and file liberal can try to win statewide in Ohio.

Let's run a religious rightwing zealot in New York while we're at it.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 01:00 AM
Response to Reply #82
117. You're responding to a hardcore gun-control advocate. nt
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MrBenchley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 10:24 AM
Response to Reply #82
138. Geeze, what a shame for you that "Deport 'em all" Paul QUIT....
Edited on Tue Feb-21-06 10:25 AM by MrBenchley
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:32 PM
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19. Ohio Is A Lost Cause Anyway
As long as Blackwell counts the votes, we're going nowhere in Ohio,
no matter who we run.

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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:37 PM
Response to Reply #19
30. that is defeatist--the GOP in Ohio is in tatters and polls show
their governor with a 18% approval rating and Dewine is vulnerable. They can't steal it if it isn't close.
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 07:16 PM
Response to Reply #30
58. They Did Last November
They can't steal it if it isn't close.



They flipped all the reform initiatives from WINNING by 2-1 margins (a landslide by any definition)
to LOSING by 2-1 margins.

Elections in Ohio are going to be stolen until those who steal them are prosecuted and put in prison.
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bpilgrim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:32 PM
Response to Original message
20. thats how i feel about our current leaders
well, * 10

peace
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mtnester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:32 PM
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22. Brown really does not need any help to sink his campaign...
I am sure he can do that all on his own.

Hopefully, the anger over this "handling" of Hackett will die down and we can focus on the primary mission of ousting DeWhine. I would rather have seen Hackett either win the primary or go home based on the primary, and yeah, playing seesaw with candidates is a suck ass business...

However I personally feel Ohioans now have to unite to defeat DeWhine and Blackwell (that is my call who will come out on top of the Repub primary as I believe the WH PROMISED it to him in exchange for Election 2004 shenanigans). And I think we will unite on that front.


(At least I hope it is Blackwell..he scares the hell out of Independents and true moderate Republicans....scares the beejesus out of them.)
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rexcat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 10:36 PM
Response to Reply #22
85. Considering the Brown supporters attitude I don't think
they want a united Democratic Party in Ohio. It is all about them and not the issues. They keep piling on Hackett and rubbing it in noses of Hackett supporters. Brown is a reflection of his supporters. Brown can be as progressive or liberal or whatever he wants to be labeled but he will need the independent voters in Ohio to pull this off. The independents in Ohio have voted repukian for the past 12 years.

Also DeWine may not be running in the general election. That will be decided in the primary and there are a lot of repukes who do not support DeWine in Ohio. That will be the death nell for Brown's campaign, IMO.
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 12:15 AM
Response to Reply #85
108. So tell Hackett to stop whining
Edited on Tue Feb-21-06 12:16 AM by FreedomAngel82
You've got your shit backwards. It's not the Brown people who are going about this. They're trying to move on and do the campaign. Hackett and his supporters keep whining "oh we were robbed!" while forgetting who robbed them (it wasn't Brown, Reid, Schumer or the DLC).
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bloom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:33 PM
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23. that stinks
:grr:
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Clarkie1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:36 PM
Response to Original message
28. Well, Brown's campaign did call Hackett's donors and asked them not to
Edited on Mon Feb-20-06 06:47 PM by Clarkie1
contribute to Hackett (or truth be told, Brown's "friends" did the dirty work for him).

Seems to be Brown and the Democratic leadership are the ones who need a lesson on teamwork, leadership, and respect.

I'm glad Hackett is standing up for himself, in the long run it's better for the health of the Party that he does.
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:38 PM
Response to Reply #28
31. Goddamn straight
I expect him to be the team player he professes to be. He's a loose cannon. I wish he'd just go away.
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TacticalPeek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:43 PM
Response to Reply #31
40. Does your desire for a 'team player' extend to Brown?
What do you think of his pledge to Hackett that he, Brown, would not run for Senate in '06?
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:52 PM
Response to Reply #40
50. All I know is that he said he wouldn't run
and changed his mind. Do you have a cite for his pledging to Hackett not to run? In any case, I don't mean to split hairs, and I don't think it was an admirable thing to do. I wish he hadn't done it. I wish Hackett hadn't been pressured to leave the race, but Hackett made his own decision to do so. Then he blathered on about being a team player. Now this. They're both guilty. I think what Hackett's doing is worse.
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 12:17 AM
Response to Reply #40
109. Once again
with this deal Hackett told Brown he was running and he said "okay, fine" and the date came where they are supposed to file to run and Hackett didn't do it on that day. So Brown went and filled out the forms.
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goodboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 08:52 AM
Response to Reply #109
132. you make it sound like Hackett dropped the ball, and Brown picked it up
that's bullshit, and disingenuous.

How can you completely ignore the rest of the story?

I have some questions for you, FA82:

1. Did Brown say he was not running? Yes or NO

2. Did Hackett have the support of the Democratic leadership ?

3. Did the Dem. leadership compel Hacket to leave the race?

4. Did brown, or any of his staff or anyone in the Dem leadership call hackett's donors asking them to instead donate to bronw>
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Clarkie1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:43 PM
Response to Reply #31
41. We need more Paul Hacketts.
Edited on Mon Feb-20-06 06:52 PM by Clarkie1
Self-respect is more important than what you call "teamwork."

Hackett will be fighting hard for Dems, but he's going to do it on HIS terms, not yours or anyone else's.

I applaud him for it!
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 12:18 AM
Response to Reply #41
110. Oh really?
So should Dean have went home like a crybaby after he lost and Kerry won? Would you have liked that? This is NOT about Paul Hackett. Gee, what an ego! This is about taking our country back.
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 01:37 AM
Response to Reply #110
120. No, this is about whose turn it is to run for Senate! nt
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:42 PM
Response to Reply #28
36. Sit down, shut up, vote for who the party tells you to.
How else will we assure the growth of the empire?

Now get back to pushing your underemployed children into the military.

Why do you hate Democrats?

:sarcasm:
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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 07:18 PM
Response to Reply #28
60. Absolutely.
I'm pretty sick of this crap.
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TacticalPeek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:40 PM
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32. I wouldn't give Sherrod Brown a nickel.
And I'd follow Hackett anywhere.

And I don't think we need dishonorable people in Congress, be they D or R.

:grr:

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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:43 PM
Response to Reply #32
39. Why?
Why follow Hackett? WTF has he done for progressive causes? Brown has talked the talk and walked the walk. All Hackett's done is open his big mouth.
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TacticalPeek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:45 PM
Response to Reply #39
42. Why? Because he did not keep his word to Hackett not to run.
And secondly, a candidate like Hackett is more likely to win statewide in Ohio, where we need to pick up a seat, not reelect Dewine.

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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:48 PM
Response to Reply #42
45. The more I see of Hackett, the more convinced I am
that he would have blown it spectacularly.
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TacticalPeek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:53 PM
Response to Reply #45
52. Speculation on your part.
On the other hand, Brown has already lost a statewide race, has he not?

Based on the evidence, Hackett had appeal to moderates and independents, required to win, and now they are likely to go to Dewine. Another foot shot!

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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 07:00 PM
Response to Reply #52
55. Brown won twice in a state wide race,
and 7 times in a congressional race. He lost on a third run for state office. Real losing record he has.
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TacticalPeek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 07:15 PM
Response to Reply #55
57. Let me restate that.
Brown lost his most recent statewide race, running as an incumbent and losing to Bob Taft.

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Clarkie1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 10:08 PM
Response to Reply #55
74. So what?
Edited on Mon Feb-20-06 10:22 PM by Clarkie1
Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Additionally, candidate selection based on past "performance is not only irrelevant, it's counter-productive because it discourages novelty, change, and growth within the Party. Politics should not be a lifetime career for anyone; it isn't healthy for a true Democracy.
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rexcat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 10:39 PM
Response to Reply #55
86. No Democrat has won a state-wide race in Ohio in over 12 years!
And what rock do you live under?
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 12:20 AM
Response to Reply #32
111. Even if you know jack about where he is on all the issues?
So just because he calls Bush a son of a bitch you'd follow him? :eyes: And you people wonder why we have less power than we should? LOL. We're too busy fighting each other instead of fighting for our country.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:42 PM
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38. Circular firing squads..as usual
In some ways the OLD way of selecting candidates was best. Smoke filled rooms of guys pre-selecting candidates based on strengths and support. It's worked for republicans ever since WE quit doing it.. I take that back..we still DO it, only we do it in public now, and PROVE how stupid we can be..
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TacticalPeek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:51 PM
Response to Reply #38
48. I've got nothing against Intelligent Design in campaigns.
Initially, it was done less publicly when Hackett asked Brown if he was going to run for Senate. If Brown had gone for it, Hackett would have demurred. Brown opted out so Hackett made his move. That makes sense to me, since it would avoid an expensive, divisive primary fight.

Too bad Brown did not keep his word. :grr:

Fuck him.

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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:46 PM
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43. here's the thread noting his joining
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:51 PM
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49. I've kept my mouth shut on this...
...because I knew Hackett was popular here, but I've had a distrust of him ever since I saw him on Bill Maher last year. Something about him just seemed too glib or something - hard to explain - but I had a gut distrust of him from the first time I saw him (although, of course, he would have been much preferable to Mean Jean).

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DemonFighterLives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 11:13 PM
Response to Reply #49
92. I know where you are coming from
The first time I heard Hackett on Big Eddie, I got a bad taste in my mouth with the rah-rah, kill the Iraqi stuff.

Now he should either run somewhere where he is needed or shut up.
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fliesincircles Donating Member (174 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:53 PM
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51. Perhaps Mr. Hackett resents Mr. Brown's IWR vote
Sherrod Brown was an outspoken opponent of *'s illegal invasion attempt. He voted NO on the IWR.

Without the illegal Iraq invasion and occupation, (which almost 2/3 of Ohio voters disapprove of) there would be NO IRAQI WAR VETERANS!! Mr Hackett would not have credibility as an IRAQI VET, ergo, no political career.

Ironic to say the least.
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RazzleDazzle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 10:19 PM
Response to Reply #51
79. By golly, you actually believe that, don't you?
IOW, that's not just some parody or something, but your earnest speculation.

Amazing.
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Armstead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:58 PM
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54. Among otehr things he went along with a Tweety lie
Tweety portrayed Hackett as an anti-war candidate, and said since he has left that takes away the war as an issue.

Um, Sherrod Brown was among the contingent of Democrats in the House who fought hard to prevent the war in the first place.

Of course Hackett didn't bother to correct Tweety. He was too busy mouthing off gratituous attacks on Brown.

I think what Hackett really seems to sant is the Hackett Party.

Big disappointment. I used to like the guy. But he has handled this with less than no class, IMO.
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RazzleDazzle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 10:23 PM
Response to Reply #54
80. I didn't see that much opportunity for him to do what you suggest
Edited on Mon Feb-20-06 10:24 PM by RazzleDazzle
Tweety portrayed Hackett as an anti-war candidate, and said since he has left that takes away the war as an issue....Of course Hackett didn't bother to correct Tweety.

It wasn't like there was so much lapse in the talk, or that it was an easy, free-flowing "conversation," or even that Matthews' remark was a DIRECT attack on Brown.

You frankly had to reach some to find that to fault Hackett on.

And for that matter, just because someone DIDN'T vote for the war doesn't mean that the war isn't still an issue -- has Brown, for example, voted in favor of continued funding for the war? Did he get behind Murtha? One vote doesn't necessarily excuse Brown from any and all criticism here.
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Armstead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 12:53 AM
Response to Reply #80
115. It bothered me when I heard it
I wasn;t looking for things to find fault with.

Tweetster maee a big deal out of it. It would have been easy for Hackett to slip in something like "Well Sherrod brown has always been an opponent of the war, so that isn;t necessarily true."

Brown did not just vote against the war. He was very active in legislative efforts to dertail Bush's plunge into that war at the time. He is currently working on a plan to press Bush for a defined plan that will bring significant number of troops home this year.

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Guaranteed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 07:17 PM
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59. I'm totally behind the man.
Everyone should be listening to him very closely. He should, in fact, be studied.
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Mr_King Donating Member (354 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 07:30 PM
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63. Howard Metzenbaum & John Glenn
This just might be the next version of the old Metzenbaum - Glenn rivalry.
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neverevergivein Donating Member (227 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 08:56 PM
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66. He will vote for Brown just like we will
Because the worst Dem in the world is better than any Repug.
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goodboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 09:38 PM
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70. The Repukes in Dem's clothing, the DLC have hijacked our party.
Edited on Mon Feb-20-06 09:39 PM by goodboy
Fuck the DLC.

Fuck Brown.

And for that matter, Fuck Hackett for bowing out.
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RazzleDazzle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 10:27 PM
Response to Reply #70
83. But ya know...
Edited on Mon Feb-20-06 10:28 PM by RazzleDazzle
Brown said something very important in his interview today. He talked about how the LACK of enough money to fight this shit from Brown ($3 million) would've meant that all he would be able to do would be to RESPOND to Brown, instead of being able to put his own message out there and DEFINE HIMSELF on his own terms. THat makes sense to me.

So why would someone want to go through that and risk having their good name FOREVER TARNISHED in the process, just to ALSO lose??

I can't fault him for bowing out. I really can't.
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goodboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 12:11 AM
Response to Reply #83
104. Inconsequential.
Edited on Tue Feb-21-06 12:20 AM by goodboy
Brown was supposed to be out of the picture. Brown lied. The political whores that make up the DLC have the blood of Hackett's murdered campaign all over them. The DLC, swiftboated Hackett because they want their candidates to run unopposed. They want someone who'll promote and push their "centrist" agenda. The DLC are sado-masochists, they have Terminal Perpetual Stockholm Syndrome.

They don't want to win, so they'll destroy anyone who has a chance to pummell the Pukes, reclaim our country and our courts, rebuild our shattered alliances, and renew our committment to peace, and protect the planet from the Environmental Devils to whom America's very soul has been sold.




The DLC railroaded Hackett just like they do with any strong, articulate, candidate that doesn't bow down to these disingenuous political weaklings or their bastard cousins - the Repukes. If you don't toe the DLC line, you're through. It's not about the money. Even controversial, 'outspoken' or relatively unknown candidates can raise money, with our help, and even if it's 3,4, 5, 10, or 30 dollars at a time---Dean proved that.

If Brown wasn't a two-faced lying sack of shit, and hadn't been fellatting the DLC scumbags, we'd be getting ready for the next Hackett rally this weekend :)

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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 12:02 AM
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98. I'm sorry, but you're ACTUALLY calling Sherrod Brown DLC?
Goodboy, you know nothing.
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goodboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 01:18 AM
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118. No, I'm saying that the DLC is the "man behind the curtain" and
is responsible for Hackett's departure and Brown's re-emergence in this race.
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Douglas Carpenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 09:30 AM
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135. does this sound like the DLC?
Sherrod Brown is one of the most progressive members of the U.S. Congress and a true grassroots democrat and Democrat.

Sherrod Brown bucked the Administration of his own party to fight furiously against NAFTA.

Sherrod Brown defied the tide and courageously fought and voted against the so-called Patriot Act.

Representative Brown fought and voted against the Iraq War Resolution

Sherrod Brown almost personally led the fight against CAFTA and the Bankruptcy Bill

Sherrod Brown is endorsed by PDA (Progressive Democrats of America) and is an outspoken member of the Progressive Caucus.
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 12:30 AM
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112. Please get this through your heads
THE DLC WAS NOT FUCKING INVOLVED! Brown is a progressive and Reid is NOT A PART OF THE DLC! Please get your facts straight about that. Yes you should get the DLC when they deserve this but they DID NOT do this.
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goodboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 01:29 AM
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119. Ok, FA82, if Brown didn't do this, who did?
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 05:54 PM
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141. You attempt to sow discord among Democrats is annoying.
The knee jerk suspicion of betrayal by anyone who competes against our sentimental favorite (I wanted to see Hackett get the nomination, too--I even sent him money) is textbook McCarthyism. Brown is not a perfect candidate, but he had the chops statewide to gin up more support in a competitive race with Hackett. He knew the right people around all parts of the state--and that will translate into votes when it counts in November. The whole point of the primary process is to vet out the stronger candidates.

Is Brown ambitious? Did he play hardball in building a commanding lead in the race? Sure. Hell, don't you want that in a candidate? DeWine won't play pattycake in the fall, so the party needs a guy who can raise bucks, play angles, and twist arms to get across the finish line. Much as I love Paul Hackett for standing up and teling the trush on the bastards, Brown by any objective standard, is the stronger candidate.
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WLKjr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 10:12 PM
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76. Well, it's over with. Move on.
Brown acted like a bastard by jumping in late, and Paul didn't stick to his guns. I wish the two would have duked it out, it would have been a better situation for the state as a whole to actually see what the democrats are made of and fight for.
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 12:31 AM
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113. Here's the deal
Hackett told he was going to run for the seat and Brown said "okay." Hackett was supposed to go and file for his campaign on a certain date and Hackett DID NOT do this. He did it late. So Brown jumped in. Gee the great Hackett shouldn't have had anyone run against him? :eyes: Please grow up.
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goodboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 08:07 AM
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129. so brown did not give his word that he was not running? Reid did not
offer hackett his support and actively campaign for him? Come on, FA82, I gotta keep you honest here. Did Brown say he was not running at which point Paul threw his hat in?

Did Paul have the support of the Democratic Leadership to the point they made calls for him. and did they drop him like a hot potato AND push him out of the race here in ohio???
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toddaa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 10:58 PM
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90. Ohio, please secede from the union and take the Democratic Party with you
Seriously.

Everytime I've seen Hackett in the media, I've had this horrible feeling that the guy was a disaster in the making. But never underestimate the Democratic Party leadership of taking a rather messy situation and completely fucking it up beyond repair. If Hackett had run in a primary against Brown fair and square, Brown probably would have come out the winner and would certainly have built up a momentum going into the general election. Now, a once vulnerable DeWine looks like he might be running against Democratic candidate with a fractured party behind himand will assuredly squeak through another election (with some help from Diebold). Ah yes, the Democratic Party at its finest.

Remind me again why I should keep giving the brainless twits money to run sure fire losing political campaigns.
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 11:41 PM
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95. What's new about Dems shooting each other in the feet? n/t
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Binka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 06:08 AM
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123. Hey At Least We Don't Shoot Each Other in The Face....n/t
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Lerkfish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 08:07 AM
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130. so, his reaction retroactively "justifies" the backstabbing he received?
because he didn't bend over and take it, it makes sucker punching his campaign okeydoke?

man, that's Rovian.
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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 08:44 AM
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131. Hacket t should still run. He has every right to, as does Brown.
Dems should be open to allowing a platform for all voices in the party. This is a disgraceful act on the part of the party and the leadership.
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Snivi Yllom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 09:15 AM
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133. this thread is not helpful
nt
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 09:18 AM
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134. WTF is with this thread?
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welshTerrier2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 09:40 AM
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136. grasping defeat from the jaws of victory ...
Edited on Tue Feb-21-06 09:44 AM by welshTerrier2
let's establish some ground rules for campaigning during the primaries ...

there have been so many violations of what I believe the "rules" should be that i see no way Brown can beat DeWine ... and that's just way beyond pathetic ... the stumblings and bumblings in this campaign have truly grasped defeat from the jaws of victory ... it may end up costing the Dems control of the Senate ...

so, let's make some "rules" about campaigning ... issues, as they relate to national policy, should always be fair game ... criticizing your opponent for hideous votes or hideous views is NOT a circular firing squad ... we should respect the idea that everyone has a right to their beliefs and that sometimes, on critical issues, these beliefs are deeply held and can lead to very emotional debate ...

but there's a difference between battling on issues and personal attacks ... in the Hackett/Brown race, I would argue that we don't, and probably can't, know exactly what happened ... if Brown did spread rumors about Hackett's military conduct, that should be way out of bounds unless he can prove his allegations ... and Hackett should not charge Brown with spreading these rumors unless he could prove his case ... this kind of crap, regardless of who is right and who is wrong, does nothing to help either the party or the country ... primary battles should be fought on a higher level ...

underlying all of this, however, is a major failure by the party's leadership to act as a referee ... in fact, some of the public comments made by Rahm Emanuel destroyed his, and the party's, neutrality ... once this happened, Hackett became a loose cannon ... whether his complaints were or were not justified is not the essential issue here; the failure of the party to ensure a fair "fight" that didn't damage the party's interests should have been of paramount importance ... i don't condone what Hackett's done but, without knowing more, my primary criticism is directed at the Party's leadership ...

they failed and now i fear we are going to lose this race ... i sincerely hope i'm wrong about this but it's hard to see how Brown will ultimately overcome all the damage that's occurred here ...
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Algorem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 10:24 AM
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137. transcript of Hackett on Hardball-
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