I’ve been tough on Sherrod and his campaign. I disagree strongly with how some things have gone down, both by the candidate and by his staff. I make no bones about that. PBD recently put up a post in an attempt to find away out of the mess that is the aftermath of the Valentine’s Day Massacre. In the comments, Frank points to a daydream type scenario that got a comment from me.

Read the post and join in the discussion.

My comment: Damn Frank. I would sure love to see that happen, but fear it needed to have happened already to do any good. I think the bridge is toast.

Since about a day or two after the Valentine’s Day Massacre, I’ve been looking for a reason – someone give me a reason – to drop it and get behind the guy still in the race. All I’ve been able to find thus far are reasons to sit this one out. I don’t want to to that, but I also have seen the actions of the Brown campaign and Sherrod himself and they have NOT impressed me.

Sherrod had a big time opportunity to heal the wounds but has thus far passed. I imagine some might pass on him as well.

I really wish your scenario would come to life, but don’t see it happening. It would be a grand day in the ODP and among the netroots here to see it. Imagine Strickland on his whirlwind campaign, Sherrod taking on BushCo and DeWine, and Hackett giving them hell on the radio and on the road. It would be damn near unstoppable, but I think it is out of our reach to even hope that this happens.

Both sides need to give here, and there is enough ego to spread among a dozen in this one.

What I won’t do is forget how this went down and continue to try to expose it and prevent it from happening again. The bigger picture is too important to me.

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  • I have to be honest – I’m drifting further and further from Brown with each passing day. The handling of the VDM aftermath has been progressively worse with every passing day.

  • Sigh. I was thinking I should put this behind me, but maybe I do need to publish what I wrote up from The Other Paper article. It’s the only media acknowledgement *I’ve* seen that indicates that there is even a need for Brown to reach out.

  • Jamey

    I don’t agree with how this went down either…but get over it. Our options are DeWine or Brown. We need this seat in more ways than one and all this talk of sitting it out is self-defeating. We can’t afford to sit this one out. Would you rather sit back on election day and laugh and point if Brown loses or would you rather celebrate the fact when he wins there will be one more progressive democrat in the Senate? I really hope people don’t end up opting for the former and do what they can to make the latter a reality.

  • Eric

    I don’t like the “get over it” attitude. I don’t have to get over. My point in this is that I need help over it – and so far Sherrod has not been willing to do so. I won’t laugh if Sherrod loses, but I might say I told you so because I don’t think he wins. I wouldn’t mind fighting for him, if, as I’ve said above he gives me a reason.

    I’ve commented on the “can’t afford to sit this one out” line as well (new bumper stickers coming?). I also can’t afford to allow such shenanigans in my party, thanks.

    I’m waiting for the reason…question is does the Brown campaign have it in them?

  • I?m waiting for the reason?question is does the Brown campaign have it in them?

    Looking ever more doubtful.

    So, to make *me* feel better, I put up a “Dead to Me” board. Don’t know how long it will stay. Maybe until I’ve achieved “catharsis”, whatever that means.

  • Jamey

    I would like nothing more than for Sherrod to extend an olive branch, but from some of the things that Hackett has been saying it seems as though Hackett would take it and smack him across the face with it. Regardless, I agree that something needs to happen to resolve this so that we can all move forward together behind Brown. Is there anyway we could get a unified push or campaign going to try and get that to happen. I know a lot of folks feel jilted and that it’s up to Sherrod to come to them on their terms, but maybe some concerted pressure would help him make that decision.

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