Democrats shoot selves in face. That's right, the perfect candidate for the Democratic Party, Paul Hackett, an Iraqi war veteran, a Marine and a guy with rabid support from the center to the left, who was adored by even the MSM, who had perhaps the most name recognition in the state of Ohio after OSU Buckeye's coach Jim Tressel, was told by the Democratic leadership they'd rather have someone else run for the Senate.
He was, understandably, displeased.
I am too. Hey, HR readers on the center left, when the Republicans are able to keep control of the government in 2006, despite all their awful decisions and their scandal plauged issues: this will be exhibit "A."
Mainstream Democrats and status quo party activists are already planning their own victory laps for 2006 based on America's disillusionment with Republicans. You know what else? Last year in August, Tennessee's football team was ranked #3 in the preseason polls. How did that work out for them come November? (My apologies to DADvocate for bringing up the sore spot, at least y'all got Basketball, right?)
At least there are others on my side of the aisle expressing outrage as well over the Hackett thing.
Kos hopes the outrage in Left Blogosphere "will send notice to the establishment that we're not ideologically hard-left. Otherwise, Brown would've been the consensus choice being more liberal than Hackett."
Further in this train of thought (and from the same Kos post) MyDD points to this as a symptom of the growing civil war within the American left (the post is rather verbose, so I bring you the good parts):
I would like to think that the furor surrounding Hackett's withdrawal from the Ohio Senate race that has been expressed over the past day on Dailykos, MyDD and other sites has gone a long way toward finally convincing a large number of journalists and members of centrist Democratic organizations that what the progressive netroots and blogosphere want from the Democratic party is not simply a hard push to the left.
The real reason so many people are upset that Hackett left the race has less to do with ideology than it has to do with the ongoing class war within the world of progressive activists.
You won't see many complaints about Brown not being progressive enough in the comments of these and other similar diaries at Dailykos that have been popping over the last sixteen hours. You will, however, see a lot of complaints about insider power plays, about the ineptness of "DC Democrats" in picking candidates who can win elections, and about the anti-democratic nature of the Democratic Party itself.
The anger is also coming from blame for the continued failures of the progressive movement over the past twelve years. The activist working class blames the activist elite for our losses since 1994. They frequently don't trust the decisions the elite makes, especially when the elite does not consult with them when making decisions. Considering the recent track record of progressive in the political arena, can anyone really blame them?
The anger is also coming from being taken for granted. The activist working class does not work in the world of politics. They do not derive their income form politics, but they do spend their income and their free time on politics. When people whoa re running the show keep losing, the activist working class sees its hard earned money and precious little free time go to waste. The anger comes form people growing tired of offering their resources to leaders who seem to be making nothing but bad decisions that lead to defeat. They feel as though they are expected to keep giving, as though the resources they are offering aren't previous to them.
(bold enabled for emphasis - HR)
I hope no one needs clarification on who the 'activist elite' are.