Friday, July 29, 2005

He survived Falluja - what about Ohio's 2nd?

I wrote about Paul L. Hackett, the first Iraqi II war veteran trying to get elected to Congress, two days ago and the story is getting more interesting. Hackett is the Democratic candidate in a special Congressional election to be held next tuesday in Ohio's 2nd District. He is a 43-year-old lawyer, married father of three who joined the Marine Corps in college and was honorably discharged in 1999. Even though he was against the Iraq war he called up the Marines in 2004 and volunteered. Up until four months ago he was serving in Falluja and Ramadi. Now he's running for Congress.

How is he being treated by the Republicans? Like a traitor of course. Hackett, talking about his service as a marine in Iraq, is quoted as saying, "I've said I don't like the son-of-a-bitch that lives in the White House. But I'd put my life on the line for him." The National Republican Congressional Committee decided to "bury him." They have poured more than $500,000 into attack ads against Hackett. Remember W saying "there is no higher calling than service in our Armed Forces?" Unless of course you're a Democrat. Probably depends on what the meaning of "service" is. Should be about three minutes before the t.v. spots with Hackett's photo next to or morphing into Bin Laden or Saddam. Maybe a Ken Burns-like shot of 9/11 rubble with a tag line of "Where was Paul Hackett when America was attacked? He was working against America as a lawyer!" Some ominous music in the background is a no brainer.

What does Hackett's opponent say about his time spent in Iraq? That it was the highest calling? Maybe "he really didn't see much action?" Watch this video of the Republican candidate saying, "Everything’s local. Of course, it’s more important here. The issues that the people have are more important to those individuals than anything outside of that region." So much for Iraq being the central front on the global war or terror. It's more about potholes on Main Street.

But the "liberal" press must be supporting Hackettt right? This promo for Chris Matthews' show Hardball on MSNBC, asking, "will [Hackett's] military service hurt his bid for office?" should put to rest the enduring myth that Matthews is actually a Democrat and that his show and those similar shoutfests on cable treat Democrats better than Republicans. Can you imagine the charges of treason and calls for boycotts and firings if a Republican congressional candidate's military service was questioned as a possible negative for their run for office? Boggles the mind. At least I have the weekend to lower my blood pressure.

BONUS POSTING: Sen. Bill ("She's alive! Alive!") Frist has flip-flopped, uh, changed his mind about stem cell research. Apparently he did some more reading in his book, no, not the Bible but his polling results book, and after four years of arguing that life begins when you are a Republican blastocyst he now supports wider stem cell research. Good to see he's in favor of it now but shouldn't a leader by definition lead the way rather than follow?


Blogger Dem Ranter said...

Hey Cranky,
You got me in trouble...I was reading your blog during an especially quiet moment at work and the Frist line of She's Alive, Alive! made me burst out laughing and I couldn't stop, and now everyone's wondering what I'm working on that's so funny!

10:52 AM  
Blogger d.K. said...

I'm telecommuting today, so when I burst out laughing at the same point, at least no one was around!

Don't know if you read the following blog, but it's pretty good, and she's linked to you for a while. You may already know that.

11:37 AM  
Blogger Ellen Beth said...

Great post.

12:10 PM  
Blogger Petunia McGillicuddy said...

yeah, I snoop around over here on a daily basis (darn those off weekends!), but I rarely feel I can match the post with a worthy comment!

1:28 PM  
Blogger Petunia McGillicuddy said...

By the way, I really liked the documentary "Street Fight" about the campaign for mayor between Sharpe James and Cory Booker somewhere in new Jersey, if I remember right. I saw it on PBS back at the beginning of July. It's a good film to watch in light of all these dirty publicity tactics that are so effective and speedily lethal at swaying public opinion; it shows the only antidote is to get out there and tell the truth as much as possible... which may or may not be enough.

Here is a link to an interview with the documentary filmmaker.

1:37 PM  

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