Monday, August 01, 2005

Report from Bush Country: 'Send In The Marine'

LIVE BLOG FROM CLERMONT COUNTY - Democrats from across Ohio continue to pour into several SW Ohio counties on behalf of Major Paul Hackett, USMC, and Democratic candidate for Congress in OH-2.

We're here to send a message: we will continue to fight for health, for jobs, for honest representatives of our state. Congress has hurt Toledo through cuts to community development grant money, they've shifted the tax burden onto middle class folks in places like Toledo. This why I'm here canvassing, cajoling and sleeping on a couch.

This congressional district is more Republican than Kaptur's is Democratic. We are in Bush Country asking voters to support the troops and send a Marine to Congress.


Blogger Lisa Renee said...

While I don't generally support many Democrats (or Republicans for that matter), I hope he does win tomorrow. I may disagree with you on your support of Mayor Ford, but I do agree with you on Paul Hackett.

His honesty is very refreshing in today's political game playing.

11:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fox News just ran this, and it goes out international. Im sitting right now in sweden europe and watching it,2933,164437,00.html

You find the vid somewhere there

12:53 AM  
Anonymous Sepp said...

I like the guy. He's kind of an old school style democrat rather than just another socialist-"progressive" that passes himself off as a democrat. I like the fact that he doesen't like Bush but, will still do his duty as a marine when called. I like the fact that he sees the second amendment as a part of the constitution and not just as some entitlement to the peasantry to be revoked by those in power. He took an oath to defend the constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic and lives up to it. Lisa is right, the guy is a breath of fresh air.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Subcomandante Bob said...

Agreed. Hackett seems to be the real deal. I hope that he is able to defeat "Mean Jean" Schmidt and her massive army of campaign dollars.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Sepp said...

Please, don't call a decent candidate "the real deal" moniker as used by John Kerry. This guy is legit.

3:02 PM  
Blogger Mark Adams said...

It's seriously awesome that you're out there in the trenches. When you get home stop by Louie's Cafe and tell them Mark said your first beer is on him.

(And then we can work on that loyalty to Mayor "Smokin'" Jack Ford that is clouding your impecable political instincts.)


4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's seriously awesome that you're out there in the trenches. When you get home stop by Louie's Cafe and tell them Mark said your first beer is on him.

(And then we can work on that loyalty to Mayor "Smokin'" Jack Ford that is clouding your impecabl

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's nice to know that, when Toledo is facing tough political and economic times, you're sleeping on a couch in southern Ohio trying to advance your own political career. That tells me that your more interested in your own political career than Toledo. Typical politician....

10:35 PM  
Blogger Lisa Renee said...

Sorry that it looks like he didn't win Frank.

For a while there it looked very promising for a win.

11:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope that this is not a sign of things to come for Ford. Szollosi support = loss. Watch Frank try to spin this (beat expectations, we can win next time, blah, blah, blah). Truth is, Schmidt looked to be a terrible candidate who became the nominee on a fluke.

11:14 PM  
Blogger Lisa Renee said...

A democrat getting 48% of the vote in an area where a republican has traditionally won with around a 78% count isn't a win, but it's not any kind of a loss that has anything to do with local elections here. Especially given the Republican Party claim that they were going to "bury" Hackett. Unless you consider 4% difference a bury....

While I don't personally put alot into the moral victory type scenario, Hackett did better than any Democrat has done in OH2 in quite a few years. So of course the Democrats are going to spin it as a win. If Bush can claim 53% of the vote is a "mandate" then expecting Democrats to not attempt to claim some progress in OH2 isn't that far out of reality.

12:17 AM  
Anonymous Sepp said...

I'd wager that the Taft / Noe scandal has a lot to do with the polling numbers. Hacket is the first democrat I've liked in a long time. The democrats in Toledo are letting the neo-socialists take over the party and that is exactly what drove me away from them. That and, the rampant nepotism and cronyism that plagues the city and county government leaves a lot to be desired.

3:40 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Frank, I'm interested in your take. While I'd have liked to pick up the seat, I tend to think cutting the GOP percentage by 20% (in southern Ohio, no less) portends good things for 2006. Or was this just a special election/Hackett phenomenon?

8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As someone else pointed out, Schmidt was a lower tier candidate who won the Republican primary because somebody had to.

Hackett brought in every self-proclaimed political hack in the state, brought in national dollars, had Clinton's rat-faced boy assisting in his campaign, and still couldn't win.

Schmidt's victory in 2005 is like George Bush's victory in 2004. It was incredible based on the forces mounted against her.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

This last post has all the hallmarks of the RNC spin machine.

Paul Hackett came close in a district that voted for Bush by 20 points.

Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. And you can bet that this near-miss GOP meltdown will be akin to a hand grenade in Ohio politics the next 12 months.

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was following the race. Hackett's agenda read a lot like a moderate Republican, similar to Voinovich. If you take away the party label, Hackett would be a moderate conservative. He's hardly like that lunatic Dean. I'm beginning to think that the candidate is what matters, not the party label people try to ram down your throat all the time. Hackett is a lot like Strickland (exept Strickland is a big pro-lifer)-- they'd both be considered Republicans in Toledo.

1:40 PM  
Blogger Lester Pearson said...

Hey, Anonymous.

Who are you? Bob Frantz? Or is that you "What A Rush" Limbaugh?

The reason I ask is you just run your mouth without checking the facts.

Strickland ain't no big pro-lifer. He only got 29% right from the National RTL organization. Maybe you got promoted for getting 29% on your tests in school, but where I come from, that's a failing grade.

Strickland opposed the Republican efforts to intervene in the Terri Schiavo fiasco.

Strickland voted against curbing United Nations population control efforts.

Strickland voted against banning abortions in U.S. military facilities overseason.

If he's pro-life, then the pro life movement is in bad shape. (Not that it's not in bad shape already inasmuch as Republicans would rather keep the issue alive for their own partisan gain than save babies' lives.)

You, however, don't know what you're talking about, which is why you're "anonymous."

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Are you going to let the nastiness of Lester's post stand? You usually do a good job of maintaining civility around here.

The anonymous poster is correct in saying that Strickland and Hackett are to the right of the Dean wing of the party. As a conservative, I consider it a victory in yanking the Ohio Democrats so far to the right that they resemble Republicans.

While I'm glad that Schmidt won to avoid embarassment to the party, there are advantages to having conservative Democrats in office. I'm sure more are on the way because the only way Democrats are going to get elected in Ohio is to run like a Republican a la Hackett.

8:33 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

Easy Pearson, or I'll ask you to take off, eh.

9:58 PM  

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