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Friday, July 29, 2005

OH-02: There's Nothing Like Being There

Posted by Bob Brigham

For the last 12 hours, I've been embedded with the Hackett for Congress Campaign during the final stretch of the special election campaign.

The staff is young and aggressive -- which compliments Hackett's go-for-broke campaign. Everyone here has been told time and time again that Hackett doesn't have a chance, but those comments aren't coming from those in the district.

The campaign really is getting by with whatever they can pull together. Since Hackett lacked early institutional support (thanks to the losers in DC), the campaign is now lacking space, phone lines, and power. The floor of HQ is a tangled web of power-strips plugged into other power-strips -- with every available outlet filled. The office is jammed packed, it is very crowded and very hot. But it isn't slowing anyone down.

Least of not the candidate. It has been fun spending time with Paul Hackett -- which is a bold statement when you're talking about a candidate.

But Hackett isn't a politician. Sure he's running for office, but he isn't a politician.

I think that is one of the reasons why Hackett is receiving so much support from Republicans. He doesn't talk like a politician. He doesn't hide behind nuance. He tells you what is on his mind and earns respect even from those who disagree with him.

Instead of following the DLC playbook and trying not to offend people, Hackett knows he can only win if he inspires people. From my one day on the ground, it appears that he inspires practically everyone he meets.

If he wins, it will be on his own terms. He's not selling-out or compromising or watering down -- he's taking bold action.

And it is working.

Tomorrow is going to be a big day. Right now, the campaign is preparing for a huge mobilization. Try to make it -- it will be worth it!

Posted at 09:02 PM in Ohio | Technorati


I have decided it is time for me to canvass. Arriving tomorrow at 10am, I look forward to seeing everyone in Cincinnati.


Posted by: Kenneth Brummel [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 29, 2005 11:13 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

I'm heading down from Delaware, OH as well. Canvassing all day long in Portsmouth/New Boston area.

Posted by: ericv [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 29, 2005 11:18 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

A Final Weekend Prayer

Stepping upon my river rock centered,

a white butterfly danced above my head,

through a window I heard a woodwind blowing,

in the distant a morning dove is cooing,

and facing the heart of the 2nd District of Ohio,

the sun is beginning to rise and the moon smiles,

I think of all the shadows dissipating,

new dawning prayers slip through my heart,

”Father, take care of all in my home,

take care of everyone I know,

help me to understand stem cell research,

may it come to heal the ills that plague us,

watch over our boys and girls over-there,

watch over those on the streets for Hackett today…

keep them safe from any harm that is placed in their way,

and Father may I love more today then yesterday.


Posted by: The Smoke eter [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 30, 2005 08:07 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment