Iraq war veteran Paul Hackett, a Bush administration critic who had been recruited by top Democrats to run for U.S. Senate, said Tuesday he was dropping his campaign and declared his political career over."I said it. I meant it. I stand by it," Hackett said Tuesday. "At the end of the day, my word is my bond and I will take it to my grave."If you continue to try and control from the TOP down…you're deconstructing the Democratic Party. Your base will leave. Stop it!
Hackett said he was pressured by party leaders to drop out of the Senate primary and run for the House instead. National Democratic leaders, especially Sen. Charles Schumer, chairman of the Senate campaign committee, had told Hackett's top fundraisers to stop sending money.
Chris Bower at MyDD has a good read on this:
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 who are 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.Ideology is important but (and this is a deal breaker) it gets trumped by how we go about things and believe me...'means' aren't justified by the 'ends'. It's not completely about embracing 'hard left'...you got to walk the talk. If you don't get this, then you better start talking to the activist out there. We get it...now catch up before demos become dinos by failing to adapt.
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