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Saturday, February 18, 2006

Backbiting, Infighting, and Political Fratricide

Democratic Senate candidate and Marine Corps Major Paul Hackett is accustomed to waging quixotic battles and taking his hits. He just didn’t expect the lowest—and fatal—blows to come from his own party.

In an announcement that stunned many in Washington and even some in his campaign staff, Hackett declared on February 13, 2006, that he was dropping his bid for U.S. Senate in Ohio, ending his 11 month political career. “I made this decision reluctantly, only after repeated requests by party leaders, as well as behind-the-scenes machinations, that were intended to hurt my campaign,” he said, only hinting at what had gone down. The day after his withdrawal from the race, he told me about the backroom battles that forced him out.
Will Rogers was a wise man when he said: "I am not a member of any organized party — I am a Democrat."
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4 comments:

J. Spyder 2/19/2006 12:52:00 AM  

I love to read blogs that support the gay conservative agenda in the United States. Keep up the good work. I am realizing now that I'm really not the only gay conservative in America. Your blog is great. THANK YOU!

Shawmut 2/20/2006 06:02:00 PM  

The Democratic Party should just be honest and rename themself as the "Liberal Party" and state that traditional Democrats from the grass roots need not apply.
Can you imagine the results if the voters had a chance to answer an inquiry about their real political beliefs without Democrat or Republican used in the options.
They would look for the "D" because that is what Mom and Dad, and Gramps and Gramma were. Because that is how they were supposed to vote and trust.
MAybe that's where Major Hackett, USMC, was misled.
I recall hearing from the head of our family table, "You may be baptized a Catholic, but you're born a Democrat."
Of course, in time, after being elected to the GOP State Committee of Massachusetts, and openly gay, I thought I might have seen ruptures at my father's grave site.
Perhaps major Hackett had a message for a larger audience but was using the wrong stage door.

DanielFTL 2/22/2006 02:06:00 AM  

What exactly is the "gay conservative agenda?"

DanielFTL 2/22/2006 02:09:00 AM  

"The Democratic Party should just be honest and rename themself as the "Liberal Party" and state that traditional Democrats from the grass roots need not apply."

Interesting. I thought it should rename itself the Republican-Lite Party.

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