Whatever this abandonment of encouragement may be characterized as, it isn't "another Hackett." In that instance DC insiders actively manipulated behind the scenes to deprive OH Democrats of a choice in their primary.
And unfortunately, some of the leading voices in the cause of Democratic Party reform acquiesced to it because Sherrod Brown was believed to be more liberal than Paul Hackett.
But since then Brown has voted with Bush to legalize torture and deny habeus corpus -- for American citizens no less. Yet some still defend him and his unAmerican vote.
i Nonetheless, I do agree with Markos' efforts to play down expectations
I don't play the expectation game. I've had my own unsupported expectaion for months that Democrats will stumble substantially into power in both houses. But either way I'll just keep calling for reform within the Democratic party, which I see as the most urgent need.
I don't know who's managing and staffing Lamont's campaign, but shortly after his primary win I read that DC insiders were on their way to CT to help him. That may explain why his campaign suddenly became bland and lethargic.
Perhaps they told Lamont to drop the blogospere in order to appease the two Davids -- Brooks and Broder?
We all thought Rove was the Merlin who was going to spring an October Surprise on Democrats and steal victory from the jaws of defeat . But he's the one being surprised in October and he doesn't even have a card to play in defense.
Washington's large community of gay Republicans includes at least one member of Congress, more than a dozen high-ranking congressional aides, current and former White House staffers, advisers to the Pentagon, press strategists for prominent conservatives, several well-known journalists, and a legion of influential lobbyists...... Some presumably heterosexual Republicans whispered to reporters that a "gay subculture" had penetrated the highest ranks of the party and had protected Foley at the expense of their majority.
It couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch of creeps.