If you’ve been reading various blogs you know about the special election next week in Ohio’s 2nd Congressional district. We’ve got a right-wing Bush loyalist running against Paul Hackett, a former Marine Corps Major who served in Iraq. If he wins, he would be the first Iraq War veteran serving in the Congress. That, of course, scares the hell out of the Republicans. So, according to Hackett’s opponent, there is some question about his service in Iraq. See if this sounds like something straight out of the Right’s playbook, as in Swift Boat Vets, and the smears on Max Cleland, when a right-wing chickenhawk faces a military veteran:
“I understand that Hackett did not participate in combat at all. It is still dangerous over there as I can personally attest. Let’s just not act as though we led marines in combat if we did not, okay…
I have asked the question time and again, what role did he actually play?
Given all the opportunities he has had to say “I served in combat” one fair conclusion is that he did not.”
And, later, (i especially encourage you to read the whole Salon piece)
“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.
“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.”
Read that again, it shows how to fight back against Republican smears.
Here is where to go to donate to Hackett to help him win next week’s election.
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