Diarists at DailyKos and MyDD argue that Hackett’s withdrawal came at the hands of the establishment, and they’re right—it did. And that’s exactly what should have happened: As Ezra Klein notes, it’s the party leadership’s job to make sure that the strongest candidates are running in competitive races. Once upon a time, it seemed like every other Daily Kos thread wondered why the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee weren’t paying attention to their favorite race. Now that they’re involved up to their elbows, it’s strange that the activists are complaining.
Sure, it looks bad when Hackett leaves the race spewing bile, but its hardly the fault of DCCC Chair Representative Rahm Emmanuel or his DSCC counterpart, Senator Chuck Schumer. Both have been trying to massage Hackett back into OH-2 for months. Hackett complained that party officials told campaign donors to end their support for his candidacy, but that’s what happens when you can’t take a hint in the big leagues. As Klein and other smart pundits are noting, the establishment didn’t care that Hackett was an ‘outsider’ (look how good they are at co-opting outsiders: think Barack Obama at the DNC National Convention), they cared that he was a political novice with 11 months of political experience entering a statewide race without a campaign to back him.
We all know that men who run for public office hoping only to improve the tone of the campaign, to raise the real issues, usually fail--and look terrible on television, which may be even worse. We suspect that only winning counts, yet we also fondly believe--since we've seen it demonstrated often enough--that the system is so corrupt that no good man can win without either being hopelessly corrupted or turned into a bewildered cipher.
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