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August 01, 2005

Hackett

You know the situation: Hackett vs. Schmidt, Hackett good and Schmitt bad, Hackett sane and Schmitt not, Schmitt favored and Hackett fighting uphill. This is the final push, and a couple bucks will help him push harder. Plus, you were just going to blow it on beer and hookers or something.

For those of you not particularly interested in Ohio 02, though, there's a second reason you should think about whipping out the wallet. The networks love electoral news. Love it. And, right now, there's none of it. If Hackett wins, a military vet, a Democrat in a solid-red district, it's going to be the story for awhile. And that means the story will feature a tough-talking Democrat who looks like a soldier, just returned from the war, and loudly, loudly stands up for our party and loves lashing out at Republican incompetence.

Hackett strikes at their strongest issue and shields our weakest. If Rove were a Democrat, this is the guy he'd run. And his win could, in fact, become one of those bellwether elections where the CW shifts and Democrats running against the Bush administration's Iraq policy become widely-acknowledged as deadly to the Republican majority. It happened in the 90's with Wofford in Pennsylvania, his special election win vaulted health care to the top of the agenda and left Republicans cowering in a corner. It can happen again.

But not if Hackett doesn't have the cash to win.

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And his win could, in fact, become one of those bellwether elections where the CW shifts and Democrats running against the Bush administration's Iraq policy become widely-acknowledged as deadly to the Republican majority.

Jesus, Klein, are you trying to jinx the guy?

Posted by: Dan | Aug 1, 2005 3:37:48 PM

I did my Dem duty a few days ago. At comment-time, $435K for Hackett. That's very newsworthy for a Dem in a race in a highly Red suburban/rural district. Add to that another couple 100 K$ from the DNC.

I haven't seen any reports however on what the Repubs are doing to counter Hackett (other than a big RNCC media buy) - or any Repub ad videos that they spent several hundred K$ on either.

I agree that a win for Hackett would be media-arousing (and without Viagra, or a missing white woman!), and Repubs in DC would be squirming.

That is why I'm SURE that Rove's hand is in this deep, but it is not clear how.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Aug 1, 2005 5:44:25 PM

So what if Hackett loses, do we assume that being an anti-troop loon is an asset in this political environment?

Posted by: ItAintEazy | Aug 1, 2005 10:34:43 PM

I don't really know anything about Hackett, just read a little on his views of the Iraq war, which I felt were quite reasonable. I don't know if you are correct about his victory being a media positive for Democrats though.

First, even with the slow news cycle this no one is likely to even notice.

Even if they did though, Hackett might draw more attention to the weakness on foreign policy/military matters of the rest of the Democrats rather than serving as a rebuttal to Republican strengths in this area.

When you compare Hackett to some of the things Barbera Boxer or Ted Kennedy have said, he makes them look even worse.

While I personnally would like to see more Democrats like Hackett, until they become a critical mass of Democrats, the more military Democrats might simply make the rest look even weaker by the fact that they are so rare. Somewhat like Black Republicans tend to highlight, rather than obsure, the fact that the party is mostly white.

Posted by: Dave Justus | Aug 2, 2005 8:10:35 AM

He already got a 5 min piece on World New Tonight last week. Thats pretty good press.

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