July 26, 2005
-- by Dave Johnson
If you've been reading various blogs you know about the special election next week in Ohio's 2nd Congressional district. We've got a right-wing Bush loyalist running against Paul Hackett, a former Marine Corps Major who served in Iraq. If he wins, he would be the first Iraq War veteran serving in the Congress. That, of course, scares the hell out of the Republicans. So, according to Hackett's opponent, there is some question about his service in Iraq. See if this sounds like something straight out of the Right's playbook, as in Swift Boat Vets, and the smears on Max Cleland, when a right-wing chickenhawk faces a military veteran:
"I understand that Hackett did not participate in combat at all. It is still dangerous over there as I can personally attest. Let’s just not act as though we led marines in combat if we did not, okay…And, later, (i especially encourage you to read the whole Salon piece)
I have asked the question time and again, what role did he actually play?
Given all the opportunities he has had to say “I served in combat” one fair conclusion is that he did not."
"Schmidt commends Hackett for his service, but believes Hackett should "stand with the president" by 'supporting the Iraqi war effort and our troops that are over there,' her campaign manager Joe Braun said.Hackett replied,
"The only way I know how to support the troops is by going over there." He doesn't hesitate to criticize Schmidt's support of the war: "All the chicken hawks back here who said, 'Oh, Iraq is talking bad about us. They're going to threaten us' -- look, if you really believe that, you leave your wife and three kids and go sign up for the Army or Marines and go over there and fight. Otherwise, shut your mouth."Read that again, it shows how to fight back against Republican smears.
Special Bonus - If you can actually BE in Ohio to help out, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer--there is housing available.
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...Schmidt voted against gay marriage in the Ohio House of Representatives, while Hackett's take is: "Gay marriage -- who the hell cares?"
"Hackett, who is married, says he doesn't feel the need to defend his marriage through the national Defense of Marriage Act, or any other anti-gay marriage legislation. "If you're gay you're gay -- more power to you," he said. "What you want is to be treated fairly by the law and any American who doesn't think that should be the case is, frankly, un-American.""
Hackett is clearly awesome.
Posted by: Bribes at July 26, 2005 11:52 PM
The more I hear about Hackett, the more impressed I am. I haved to wonder why the DLC and the DNC are not taking a more active role in helping Hackett.
Does anyone have any idea how much support Hackett has received from the official Democratic party structure or from the DLC?
Posted by: GaryBoatwright at July 27, 2005 1:39 AM
There's at least one smart cookie in the Democratic party. Stop by Swing State Project and see who's helping Hackett. A very encouraging sign for Hackett and for the Democratic party.
Posted by: GaryBoatwright at July 27, 2005 1:47 AM
Wesley Clark, bonus points for you.
Posted by: Bribes at July 27, 2005 10:23 AM
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