Paul Hackett’s Big Mouth

Remember Paul Hackett? He was the big mouthed, liberal Iraqi vet who was the darling of the Kos set because they were oh so sure that he was going to win a congressional seat in a Republican district of Ohio. Unfortunately, a funny thing happened on the way to the victory party: Hackett lost to Jean Schmidt of, “Cowards cut and run, but marines never do,” fame.

Well, fortunately for Republicans, Paul Hackett is now duking it out with Sherrod Brown for the right to run against Mike DeWine, who is currently the 2nd most vulnerable Republican incumbent in the Senate. I say, “fortunately,” because Hackett has the same foot-in-mouth disease as people like Howard Dean and Pat Robertson. Ever so often, he just opens up wide, rams his foot right in, and then out pops something appalling. His latest remarks are a perfect example:

“Ohio’s Republican leader wants Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Paul Hackett to apologize for calling some conservative Republicans religious fanatics and comparing them to terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden.

Hackett was unapologetic Tuesday for the comments in a newspaper story, saying religious fanatics of any flavor should be ashamed.

“I said it. I meant it. I stand behind it,” he said.

Hackett said in a Sunday column in The Columbus Dispatch: “The Republican Party has been hijacked by the religious fanatics that, in my opinion, aren’t a whole lot different than Osama bin Laden and a lot of the other religious nuts around the world.”

Hackett, an Iraq war veteran from the Cincinnati suburb of Indian Hill, is running for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate against Rep. Sherrod Brown of Lorain. They are vying to run against two-term Republican Sen. Mike DeWine.

Hackett also said the practice of denying homosexuals equal rights is un-American. The newspaper asked Hackett if that meant the 62 percent of Ohioans who voted to ban gay marriage were un-American.

“If what they believe is that we’re going to have a scale on judging which Americans have equal rights, yeah, that’s un-American,” Hackett said.

Ohio Republican Party Chairman Bob Bennett said Hackett should apologize, saying his comments applied to any “people of faith” and, therefore, most Ohioans.”

The liberal blogosphere loves these combative guys like Hackett and for some reason, they never quite seem to grasp how badly they hurt them with the public. In Hackett’s case, he just compared devout, Christian Republicans to Osama Bin Laden and called 62% of Ohio’s population “un-American” for voting to ban gay marriage.

Let’s see which negative Democratic stereotypes he hit here: is he hostile to religion? Check! Doesn’t take terrorism seriously? If you think Osama Bin Laden is no worse than Pat Robertson, that seems to be a fair assumption. Does he want to shove gay marriage down the public’s throat whether they want it or not? Bingo!

Yet, this guy is like a lefty blogger dream candidate. And they wonder why they lose elections.

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