Last year the “netroots” gang of lefty blogs jizzed all over each other in their praise of Paul Hackett, a maverick Iraq war veteran who ran in a special House election in a solidly conservative district. After tens of thousands of lines of blog love, significant fundraising, and a last minute infusion of Howard Dean’s special brand of DNC love, Hackett still ended up losing to Republican “Mean Jean” Schmidt.
In case you thought that Hackett would join the list of other Kos-back netlosers (Ginny Schrader anyone?) and fade into obscurity, he’s back for a second helping on a bigger stage. This time he’s running against seasoned Democratic candidate Rep. Sherrod Brown for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in Ohio.
He’s off to a rocky start…
The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Hackett has been equating religious Republicans with Osama bin Laden.
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 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.When challenged on his assertion Hackett said, “I said it. I meant it. I stand behind it.“
Sherrod Brown might be the luckiest man in the world…