Its a long race and it is worth fighting
If you want change, work from within. You belittle Paul and his accomplishments when you make such rash statements. I liked Paul because he stood up for the party and worked to mold it into the party he wanted it to be. He (believe it or not) accomplished alot of that change - even if he didn't go as far as many, including myself, would have liked.
From Pauls letter:
It is with my deepest respect and humility that I thank each and every one of you for the support you extended to our campaign to take back America, and personally to me and my family. Together we made a difference. We changed the debate on the Iraq War, we inspired countless veterans to continue their service by running for office as Democrats and we made people believe again. We must continue to believe.It doesn't sound like Hackett is leaving the Democratic party.
Remember, we must retool our party. We must do more than simply aspire to deliver greatness; we must have the commitment and will to fight for what is great about our party and our country; Peace, prosperity and the freedoms that define our democracy.
I can understand how people can be disappointed, but you can't change the world overnight - Slow and steady always wins the race and this is going to be a long one. I don't think this is the last we will hear of Paul Hackett. I am sure he will rejoin politics someday. In what role? - We'll have to wait and see.
As far as Tim is concerned - he is a contrarian and a slave to controversy. I am sure he is a nice guy but - I doubt he has helped the ODP since he received his last paycheck in 96 either. He writes more like a disgruntled employee than an informed political blogger. It's as if he can't wait "till the GOP is laughing all the way to the halls of power" just so he can be proved right. I guess that is called an inferiority complex but like I said - I've never met him and I am sure he is a nice guy - since so many of you worship him but - he's is just not my style. In fact, I think BrewedFreshDaily has declined in worth since he started writing more frequently. (maybe they get more page views from those wanting to watch the car crash but it is nothing more than rubbernecking) No, it is not his positions - I think many of the other blogs have similiar opinions but they don't bother me (in fact BSB is one of my favorites and I hope he continues even after todays disappointing news). I guess it is just his need to make himself the focus of the blogosphere, time and time again he seeks out controversy for the sake of controversy.
I just don't give two cents what Tim Russo is doing. I've been blogging for 1 month and the focus of the Ohio blogs has 2 or 3 times been - "whats up with Russo" or "did you hear about Russo?". Come on. How boring and unimportant is that? If you want your group and influence to grow, you are going to have to stop being one big clique with Russo as your "Heather". If it is frustrating for me, can you imagine a less committed casual reader trying to take you seriously?
I am not trying to upset people, I understand many of us are very emotional today but - I feel it had to be said and being the outsider it might be easier coming from me. Anyways, I will sink back into my mundane life, do my errands, finish my day and wait to be ostracized later. :-)
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