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Monday, August 01, 2005

OH-02: Big Day, Early to Bed

Posted by Bob Brigham

The Paul Hackett campaign locked up at 1:30 tonight, which is by a long stretch the earliest since I've arrived. When I got off the red-eye at 6AM on Friday, it was clear that the HQ had been open later than the bars for some time.

This is a good thing, the Sunday night before the election is the last chance for a sound night's sleep until at least election night -- possibly longer if there is any attempts at corrupting the vote.

People will sleep well tonight, it was a great day.

The field team had a great day. The numbers were really strong and the independents are breaking against Schmidt. At this point, there is no need to do anything other than execute the plan and each member of the team is ready to focus on getting shit done.

I'm going to have a lot more on the field tomorrow, and some new stuff is going to roll out online. It is possible the magic number could be as low as 20,000 votes, meaning the August timing and lack of enthusiasm for Mean Jean could provide the rare campaign with a general election turnout lower than the primary. But I'm not making any predictions and neither should you, this is a crazy campaign under forced circumstances and anyone who says they can create a viable voter model is full of it.

Media was wonderful today. Schmidt/Noe/Taft -- every channel. Voters here have a profound sense of betrayal over the Republican culture of corruption. During the Gray Davis recall, I was proud to vote to throw the bum out of office, but the voters weren't nearly as livid as they are in Ohio.

Since the coingate scandal broke less than four months ago, each week has brought new tales of how Republican in Ohio operate. The extent of the corruption is absurd and a lot of Republicans would rather vote for a Marine than somebody at the center of the scandal.

Tomorrow's going to be a big day. Swing State Project will be in overdrive. Tim Tagaris will be back in district in the afternoon. This may surprise many regular readers, but Tim and I have actually never met. Last fall, when we were really the only two people telling the story of a congressional race on the blogs, we started talking and have had a number of coups, but never met. With both of us in the same room, we'll be posting with a fury.

While we'll have an on-the-ground perspective, look to the other blogs to keep you up-to-date on what's moving online. In case you haven't noticed, the entire left-wing of the blogosphere has been inspired by Paul Hackett.

I'm going to get some sleep...

Posted at 02:02 AM in Ohio | Technorati


I have all the audio that you would want to hear from the WKRC-TV debate. Plenty of clips of Schmidt's lies and even a 30 second campaign spot for her. Good luck tomorrow everyone!!!
download Jean Schmidt's lies

Posted by: Frankie [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 1, 2005 03:29 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

What will WLW do today? Stay informed and jam their lines with purly Hackett supporters...


Tell them Noe on Corruption, Noe to the Schmidt campaign lies, Noe on coingate, Noe to Slot Machine Jean!

Posted by: The Smoke eter [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 1, 2005 07:56 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

oops wrong number... 513-749-7000

McConnel show... 9-12
Cunningham... 12:30- 3

Posted by: The Smoke eter [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 1, 2005 08:27 AM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment