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October 24, 2005

Brown/Hackett

With much of the blogosphere all aflutter about Sherrod Brown's decision to redirect his ads towards ActBlue's fund for whoever wins the primary, it's worth calling his move what it is: savvy. Not charity, not kind, but a spot of smart political jujitsu. Brown's got an impressive war chest, a large fundraising base, and a huge financial head start. By giving the undecideds online the option to simply contribute to whomever wins, Brown is drying up funds that Hackett was hoping to have.

Now, there's nothing wrong with that, it's brilliant and speaks very well of his political abilities. But we in the blogosphere shouldn't get so snookered by it. It's not a classy move and it's not an act of selflessness. The couple tens of thousands the netroots would've given don't matter to Brown, but they're Hackett's financial lifeblood. I should say, here, that so far as I have a dog in this fight, it's Brown, who I think would be a far superior senator, should still call a spade a spade. Further, that spade is advertising on my site, and since I want Brown and think he'll win, I encourage you to donate. Ads on your left.

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I like Brown better for this kind of political savvy. We Democrats need more canny pols willing to undercut the other side. Viva Clintonism!

Posted by: NBarnes | Oct 24, 2005 4:48:12 PM

I agree with your analysis of what Brown's move means to Hackett fundraising, and now also agree that Brown would be a good Dem. Senator - although less sure that he's the strongest candidate against the Repubs.

Hackett strengths don't include much consistency on some key issues, like what to do now about Iraq, and I think the Repubs would flip-flop him unmercifully.

However, I don't agree with those that think that Hackett should withdraw in the Senate race. As long as both Brown and Hackett concentrate on attacking DeWine instead of each other, a contested primary will raise issues earlier to the voters, and strengthen Hackett for a later run for a HoR seat that he could win in an 06 battle that looks good for Dems in general.

Posted by: JimPortandOR | Oct 24, 2005 4:58:46 PM

I fully concur with Jim, and with your take, Ezra. What's interesting is the amount of emotional fervor that a lot of people online have invested in Hackett--it's almost (imho) gotten to the level of W-level worship.

For example, Hackett's flip on the war. He was originally opposed, but felt that we were there now, and couldn't (his words) "cut & run". Now he's in favor of full withdrawal. Yet, if you ask some of his supporters, those two positions are fully compatible. And the same goes for some of his other issue stands, which are, in truth, a bit more conservative than Brown's.

I tell you, part of me wants Hackett to win, and then, down the line, have him make some votes that would square with who he is (a moderate-to-conservative Dem), and then enjoy the schadenfreude which would result from hearing his online supporters scream "Betrayal!!" .

Posted by: Raf | Oct 24, 2005 6:11:01 PM

Sorry 'bout the double post. My Mac's acting up.

I fully concur with Jim, and with your take, Ezra. What's interesting is the amount of emotional fervor that a lot of people online have invested in Hackett--it's almost (imho) gotten to the level of W-level worship.

For example, Hackett's flip on the war. He was originally opposed, but felt that we were there now, and couldn't (his words) "cut & run". Now he's in favor of full withdrawal. Yet, if you ask some of his supporters, those two positions are fully compatible. And the same goes for some of his other issue stands, which are, in truth, a bit more conservative than Brown's.

I tell you, part of me wants Hackett to win, and then, down the line, have him make some votes that would square with who he is (a moderate-to-conservative Dem), and then enjoy the schadenfreude which would result from hearing his online supporters scream "Betrayal!!" .

Basically, what it comes down to, lots of folks are enamored with his posturing, and are perfectly willing to overlook his policy stands. Me, not so much.

Posted by: Raf | Oct 24, 2005 6:12:38 PM

yeah, I think this is how the smart people are coming down on this one.

Posted by: Jedmunds | Oct 24, 2005 7:46:30 PM

As this post moves down the page, the ad to the left will at one point not be for an Ohio Senate candidate, but for absinthe. I am amused that you are running absinthe ads.

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