The new Paul Hackett: “Some have alleged that our president led us to war on false pretenses. I believe we should look into this


Hilarious Daily Show clip on Paul Hackett, erstwhile Democratic congressional candidate and subject of this Mother Jones cover story and these follow-ups. Hackett recently dropped his bid for an Ohio Senate seat, claiming he’d been sandbagged by establishment Dems.

Some highlights:

Paul Hackett: “I was asked by Senator Schumer and Senator Reid and others to get out of the race…. They backed away from supporting me because they realized that I’m outspoken, that I believe in what I say and I’m willing to fight for what I
believe in.”

Ed Helms: “There’s your problem right there.”

On today’s Democratic Party:

“If you take a look back at the party of FDR
… and … of Truman and even Kennedy. That was a party that
had balls. The new Democratic Party eventually is going to have
to get back to that”

By the end of the segment the “Democratic Party machine” has smoothed out Hackett’s rough edges (“Try it again, but without the emotion.”), and he’s back on message:

Hackett: “Some have alleged that our president led us to war on false pretenses. I believe we should look into this…. I believe we should take care of our environment. That’s why I’m standing in front of a river.”

Voiceover: “Paul Hackett for Senate—because he won’t rock the boat.”

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