Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Hats Off to Hackett
Iraq veteran Paul Hackett didn't win the special election for Congress in the Ohio Second tonight--except he did, sort of, going down by only four percentage points when the Democrats historically take the gaspipe by 30 or better. No, it isn't the best of all possible outcomes--especially when you consider that Hackett's opponent, Jean Schmidt, is a little bit crazy and a little bit corrupt, and that voters down there opted for her in spite of it. If a race in such a supposedly safe Repug district ended up this close--it could happen in other places, too. So Hackett's showing--and the Repugs' showing of their true colors in opposing him during the last days of the campaign--is enough to send lots of us off to bed feeling slightly better about the country's political future.

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