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Paul Hackett - The Future Of The Democratic Party or Another Netroots Loser?

The best commentary on the netroot blog crush on Ohio Democratic congressional candidate Maj. Paul Hackett comes amazingly enough from a diary on one of the blogs that pushed his candidacy so hard - MyDD:

Blogs are hard-ball fundraisers now, but if we're not careful, we really stand to become little more than cash cows for long-shot candidates. We really need the Zunnigas and the Bowers and the Armstrongs to be vigilantly aware of where our hard-earned money can best be spent... and Hackett's campaign was not the best place, once his campaign got the ball rolling.

Since July 22nd, after the netroots had already raised 100,000 dollars for Hackett,

http://www.mydd.com/story/2005/7/22/122035/104

there were at least an additional 12 requests for Hackett donations on the front page of MyDD (run your own search to verify, but it's true).
His fundraising on the net has quadrupled since then. And HE'S MOST LIKELY GOING TO LOSE [Ed - He did lose]. This is looking a lot like a bunch of blog-navelgazing, "Look how much we can raise! See! We're important!"

What's so funny about the Hackett situation is that in a normal election year cycle the Zunnigas, the Bowers, and the Armstrongs probably wouldn't have given the guy a plug nickel, since his in-district profile wasn't very liberal.

As Carl Forti of the National Republican Congressional Committee noted, "Hackett was running two different campaigns: one in the national media, where he was very critical of the president; and another in Ohio, where he featured the president in two of his campaign ads, including the one he ran during the closing weekend. Hackett "never called himself a Democrat in any of his commercials."

Based on the amount of congratulations Dems are giving each other (and Hackett) for loosing (they're urging him to run for governor), maybe running as Republican "lite" really is a path to victory (otherwise known as a close defeat) for Democrats.


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Comments (8)

But he didn't lose by much.... (Below threshold)
Lew Clark:

But he didn't lose by much. Does that mean we will see him standing beside John Kerry and Al Gore, who are party heros because they didn't lose by much.

And Max Cleland, too.... (Below threshold)

And Max Cleland, too.

Hackett was beloved by the Koassacks because his uniform gave them cover to keep yelling "chickenhawk!" Wesley Clark keeps winning polls at Kos - they're just besotted with that concept.

What will be funny is if somebody other than Clark, Kerry, Gore or Hillary gets the 2008 nomination - the rest of the candidates are men who didn't serve, and the Kossacks' heads will explode trying to defend a candidate without a service record.

Two quotes that would serve... (Below threshold)
Joe:

Two quotes that would serve them well:

"There is no substitute for victory"
-GEN Douglas MacArthur

"Two of shit, is still shit!"
-George Carlin

I'm really confused. The DE... (Below threshold)
KobeClan:

I'm really confused. The DEMs are gloating after LOSING an election. My head hurts. Can anyone explain??

"Blogs are hard-ball fundra... (Below threshold)

"Blogs are hard-ball fundraisers now,"

Maybe lefty ones are. Most of the right of center ones do not even come close to approaching the fundraising for Parties that Leftazoid ones do.

KobeClan: Don't fo... (Below threshold)
fatman:

KobeClan:

Don't forget, you fell and bumped your head yesterday laughing at s9. That's probably it.

OOWW!! Stop it fatman!! Jus... (Below threshold)
KobeClan:

OOWW!! Stop it fatman!! Just fell out of my chair again!!

I live in Ohio-2, and I'll ... (Below threshold)
Varuth:

I live in Ohio-2, and I'll tell you why the results were as they were. There were two primary reasons:

1) It was a Special Election, and none of the School Districts in the congressional district had a tax levy on the boards. Who's going to remember to go to the polls on a Tuesday in August for an election that's been a Republican slam-dunk since the beginning of time? Voter turn out was something like 25%. The results reflect the opinions of the hard core politicos. The swing voters just didn't care and didn't go out the polls. Many of the voters are still on summer vacation with their kids.

2) Jean Schmidt gave me the creepies, and I'm sure she did to others as well. Can't put my finger on it, but both I and my wife remarked many times that we just didn't get 'good vibes' from her. I know that's terribly un-scientific, but if you don't think it's part of how voters pick candidates, you're crazy. Rob Portman exuded competence and trustworthyness, Jean Schmidt gives off 'condescending mom' and 'busy-body know-it-all'. She wasn't my pick in the primaries, and I'll tell you that if the GOP doesn't put someone better up in the next General Election, this seat will continue to be vulnerable.

In summary, if the Dems want to 'take heart' in the results of Ohio's 2nd District, I say 'more power to you'. If they want to rethink their national strategy based on Hackett's performance, I say 'Great'. But anyone who acts on the results from this election other than in the context of a low turn out special election with unexciting candidates is making a huge mistake. That's all it was, politics as usual.

The next General Election in this district will see the 70%+ support for the Republican candidate return, because the people who didn't show up for the Special Election will be there and vote their party. And there just aren't a lot of Donkeys down here.




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