Paul Hackett Quits U.S. Senate Race in Ohio

Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Today I am announcing that I am withdrawing from the race for United States Senate. 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.

---Paul Hackett

Why does the Democratic Party leadership prefer Sherrod Brown over the now departed Hackett? Is it because they prefer Brown’s even more left-wing approach? Nope, that's probably not it. Less then a month ago, I easily predicted that “Paul Hackett has just committed political suicide.” The candidate unambiguously declared “ Republicans as having been “hijacked by the religious fanatics that, in my opinion, aren’t a whole lot different than Osama bin Laden and a lot of the other religious nuts around the world.” Hackett also described over sixty percent of Ohio’s voters as “un-American” for voting against gay marriage legislation.

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Paul Hackett destroyed himself. The Democratic Party had to get rid of him. Is it too late for them to save the day? Have the Republicans significantly increased their chances of retaining power in Ohio? We will see.


Eric Blair said...

This is an interesting one. I thought Hackett was a fool, but possibly an honest fool. (Not that I would have wanted to see him elected).

But he basically got the chance in the first place because he was an anti-Bush veteran.

But when it turned out that the old party hack (Sherrod) did want to run, Hackett got flushed like used toilet paper.

Knucklehead said...


Nice to think that, perhaps, the Dems are showing some evidence of jettisoning candidates who say whacky, insupportable stuff. It is a shame they've grandfathered the old guard of whackjobs.

The nation needs them to get their loons off the front lawn. I suppose that tossing a newcomer loon now and again is a form of progress. Too little, too late, IMO.

David Thomson said...

“Nice to think that, perhaps, the Dems are showing some evidence of jettisoning candidates who say whacky, insupportable stuff.”

Nice to think that? No, it’s not! We have far more to worry about from those who are subtle and discreet with their rhetoric. Paul Hackett said what the majority of Democratic hard-liners truly believe. His mistake was to say so publicly. He therefore became damaged goods and would have destroyed the Democratic ticket on election day. Can you imagine the TV commercials the Republicans were planning to run? My guess is that Hackett would have been lucky to earn even forty percent of the final vote total.

terrye said...

I think the guy is a loose cannon.

I have heard that the Democrats are looking for Iraqi vets to run, of course they all have to be critical of the war but I guess they think that whole 'invading army of Genghis Khan' scthik worked so well for Kerry they thought they should use it again and again.

David Thomson said...

"I think the guy is a loose cannon."

This is why the Democrat's dropped him. His mouth was ruining their chances in Ohio. Paul Hackett apparently refused to behave himself.