July 26, 2005

"Gay marriage -- who the hell cares?"

Iraq war vet Paul Hackett is taking on chicken-hawk Republicans in Ohio by running for Congress on an anti-Iraq war, socially liberal, fiscally conservative platform. Good to see this man standing up to the bullshit:
[GOP candidate Jean] 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. (Through Braun, Schmidt declined to speak with Salon.) When asked to answer that charge, Hackett is blunt: "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."
I'll be keeping an eye on this race, which is in its last week.


  1. Let's see, a reasonably handsome 40+ year old lawyer signs up for military and immediately comes back and declares his candidacy. A nice piece of political handling, I'd say. Has sort of a John Kerry ring to it, doesn't it? Almost Clintonesque in its political connivance. Impressive.

  2. What's wrong with good political handling? We have to compete with people who are willing to out a CIA agent to enact political revenge. I'm not saying we should do things like that, but Democrats need to learn how to be better politicians.

    Re: John Kerry, you're so full of shit it's coming out your ears.

  3. I said it was impressive, didn't I!! How better to deflect comments such as Schmidt's re supporting the troops? It's all transparent as hell, but it'll work among Ohio union employees, nevertheless. But watch out for the Swift HUMV Vets for Truth!

  4. You're right George, Hackett's got it all over JFK. At least Hackett was in country seven months and I'm sure he actually saw some fighting. Let's see, JFK said he took weapons to the KR of Cambodia. I doubt if Hackett can top that unless he's providing weapons to Zarqawi.

  5. Close but no cigar. And that was after his fake Republican, I support GWB, I support the war [but not really] ads.