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Wednesday, August 03, 2005
 
Bellwether for 2006?
by Cordeiro
In what was billed as a bellwether race for the 2006 election cycle, Ohio held a special election to replace Rob Portman who stepped down after being tapped by W to be the US Trade Representative.

When the dust settled, Jean Schmidt won the seat - defeating Paul Hackett 52% to 48%.

Memo to (Major) Hackett: Saying W is a bigger threat to the US than is binny Laden is never a great campaign trick.

Leftist Democracts, eager to claim some kind of victory, summed up their feelings with the pontifications of Rahm Emanuel:

This election is a shockwave of voter discontent that will be felt all across the country. Every Republican in Congress should consider himself put on notice.
And of course I can't forget to mention Nancy "Bela" Pelosi:

The issues, political and ethics environment are good for Democrats, and Paul Hackett's campaign in a Republican district proves it. Republicans are on notice -- Americans are demanding a change. Americans will no longer tolerate the Republicans' continued abuses of power and catering to corporate special interests at the expense of the public interest.
Sure, Bela. The political environment is so great for Democrats they can't seem to win any election - not even a special one most people couldn't care less about.

Republicans, rather than waste ink, airtime, and bandwidth, had a much simpler reaction:

We won.
Someday the Dems will figure out the concept of winning elections versus losing them. Evidently that day is not today.
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