Don't get me wrong, I agree with the conventional wisdom on our side -- that Hackett loosing by only four points in the OH-02 special election is really a good sign and bodes well for the '06 midterms.
Once again, though, I think we find a microcosm of American political life in this election, and thought Hackett's relative success is a step forward for the Dems, it still shows that they've got a lot of work to do.
After all, look at the person who won. She's a disaster. She said on national TV that Saddam Hussein wouldn't let the inspectors in, and that he claimed he did have WMDs. That's some seriously crazy shit, folks. It's delusional. It has no relationship to reality.
She was caugh in an unambiguous lie about knowing Tom Noe, of Ohio coingate fame.
The person that she beat was a veteran recently returned from Iraq. A veteran that her campaign and right-wing radio smeared.
A lying, reality-challenged, know-nothing republican candidate relies on simplistic rhetoric to defeat a veteran whose service her campaign questions. Such a scenario, of course, would seem ridiculous if it hadn't already happened in recent memory.
So let's be happy that Paul Hackett did as well as he did. But let's forget just how steeply uphill our battle is.