Hackett, Controll, Risk-taking and the Democratic Party

I was one of those people who supported Paul Hackett's run for Senate in Ohio. I am not from the state. Therefore, this may seem odd that I would even care to have a horse in the race. However, let's start off by dispelling some myths. I didn't support Hackett because I thought he was or was not progressive. I didn't support him because of his policies. I didn't even support him because he was an Iraqi vet. I supported him because he was a new idea. One, which as an outsider to politics, I think the Democratic Party needs desperately to find. When I came to this blog (and D Kos) in late 2004, what interested me was that Kos stated what I felt privately: The Democratic Party had lost its way. It's not about triangulation, being on the left, left of center or moderate. Indeed, I have repeatedly said openly that I am in fact a moderate. But, this isn't for me about moderation, conservativism, or being liberal. It's about having two strong political parties because one powerful party controlling everything always leads to disaster.

More below about my thoughts (for what they are worth)

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PAC formed to support Hackett

Draft Paul Hackett to run for Senate as an Independent.

When Democrats fight Republicans, Democrats win.

That's what Paul Hackett brought to the Senate race in Ohio - real fight for a change.  A real chance to give average Ohioans a voice in our party.

DRAFT HACKETT - www.hackpac.com

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The Hacking of Hackett

Enough is enough. In my short political life, I have gained an incredible amount of enlightenment. There are entities that will do everything in order to maintain their power, even at the expense of democracy. Why?

It is quite simple: the string pullers think they have the intellectual corner on what is best for our country, my country. They will block funding, media, and do what ever they can to keep our voices silent. One area they have not controlled is here in the blogoshere.

Like many of you, I am mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it any more! I made a pledge in Washington less than a week ago, a pledge to back my band of brothers. I will not try to talk Maj. Hackett back to political life, but I will share my experience in how the party works in recruiting and dismissing possible candidates.

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Hacking Hackett - a mystery

There's certainly no difficulty in providing one good reason why the Dem leadership in the Senate would want to have stymied the Hackett campaign: Hackett is an insurgent whose USP is making an end run around the party machinery.

Reid and Co, like their Tammany predecessors, value regularity above all things.

Having said that, with Hackett in such a parlous state, cash-wise and poll-wise, in the matchup with Brown, why not let him be crushed in the primary? That way, Brown gets a statewide outing, gets free media, shows himself to be a winner: what's wrong with that?

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An Alternative to the Democratic Establishment

As many in the blogosphere are aware, an AP report hit the wire yesterday regarding Paul Hackett's participation in the U.S. Senate race.  The article detailed how the DCCC is "actively petitioning" Paul Hackett to leave the U.S. Senate race and run again in District 2- the district which Thor Jacobs intends to win this November.  Additionally blog reports suggest that the Ohio Democratic Party will endorse Sherrod Brown over Paul Hackett (as well as gubernatorial candidate, Ted Strickland over Eric Fingerhut).  

The Jacobs Campaign believes that democracy works best when the people- not institutions- make decisions.  Paul Hackett deserves a fair chance to express his ideas to the people of Ohio.  And likewise, the people of Ohio deserve a fair and open process.  We must let the voters come to their own conclusions about the candidates.  The disproportionate control institutions exercise over the primary process is contrary to our democracy and discourages grassroots participation.  

The Jacobs Campaign also objects to the manner by which the Party has undermined the work that Thor and the four other Democratic candidates have put forth so far in this race.  The effort to lure Hackett back to the second district should have been executed long before serious candidates such as Thor had already emerged and invested time and money in the race.  

America is a unique country where leaders from all walks of life can participate in the political process.  Since Andrew Jackson became the first frontier president, America has thrived on the strength of non-elitist government.  The best recent example is the election of grassroots hero Howard Dean to the chairmanship of the DNC.  America is a country where Bill Clinton can rise from an impoverished Arkansas youth to the President of the United States.  Where Paul Hackett can galvanize the Democratic grassroots and "netroots" based upon the strength of his personal character, candor, and experience.  And finally, where Thor Jacbos can win a primary and defeat Jean Schmidt because the voters- not party insiders- decided.

The Democratic Establishment has offered an inadequate and unfortunate vision.  But there is an alternative in Thor Jacobs.

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