Moderate Republican Mike DeWine may easily win reelection. Paul Hackett has just committed political suicide. Many thought him to be DeWine’s biggest obstacle in keeping his seat. According to the Associated Press, the favorite of the Daily Kos crowd and Iraq war veteran, Hackett “said the practice of denying homosexuals equal rights is un-American. The newspaper (The Columbus Dispatch) 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.”
Was Hackett perhaps taken out of context? Apparently not. The following link is provided by his own website. Hackett seems quite proud and unapologetic:
Senate Candidate Unapologetic
A few days earlier, Hackett wrote a column in the same newspaper charging the Republicans as having 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.”
Ohio is most certainly not a solidly blue state. President Bush captured its electoral votes in the last election and both U.S. senators are Republican. Some recent financial scandals, however, have allowed the Democrats a superb chance at a come back. What was Paul Hackett thinking? Why is this Democratic hopeful acting as if he were a candidate running in Berkeley, California?