As I noted earlier, I feel that Sherrod Brown entering the Senate race is a good thing, if for no other reason, because he's there in case Hackett blows up. It wasn't exactly the recitation o' states but in, a Mother Jones article posted today Hackett looks less than Senatorial.
His basic take is ripping the party for failing to keep Brown out of the race:
If Democrats want to start winning races, he adds, they might need a dose of boot-camp discipline: “How come this doesn’t happen in the Republican Party? It’s because they sit down guys like Sherrod and put him in a corner and make him wear the dunce cap.”
How many ways is the wrong? First, the Rebublicans discipline, though extensive, is not that strong. Just ask Jim Petro. Second, a disciplined party is not one that allows a political neophyte to take on a vulnerable incument Senator. The "boot camp" Hackett wants would keep him on manuvers while the guy who has paid his dues gets the good assignment.
Finally, the Republican's much-vaunted discipline has not been a consistent benefit. In 1996 the party ran Bob Dole for no other apparent reason than that he had paid his dues. Despite Clinton's tumultuous first term, he beat Dole far more easily than he had any right to. W. Bush got the nomination thanks to the Republican machine and barely squeaked by the soporific Al Gore.
Democratic party politics are far from perfect, but the last thing we need is to join the other side in the politics of annointing.