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  •  Wrong approach (none)
    A principled opposition to the Iraq war without resorting to name calling, or insulting the president and other elected officials would have been a better approach in this election I think.

    Hackett could have strongly objected to the Iraq war on factual matters but without calling the president "The biggest threat to peace" along with the Chicken Hawk comment. I believe there is a place for criticism on the war, but when you go down a path which turns loyal opposition into something that smells like personal attacks you loose the high ground and the support of centralist, the electorate is not in sync with this harsh a view right now.

    I don't believe you have heard Wes Clark, or even John Kerry using the same terms and personal attacks on Bush as Hackett went with. Hackett was running in a predominately Republican district where support for Bush is weak but they are not willing to support a politician who is openly disrespectful to the office of the president.

    How about "Arm Chair Generals" and stress the gap between what the Uniformed Service leaders wanted in terms of manpower and what Rumsfeld and Bush are willing to commit, Democrats hate wars, but if pressed to fight one, are willing to fight will overwhelming force to win.

    •  Umm... (4.00)
      Hackett was running in a predominately Republican district where support for Bush is weak but they are not willing to support a politician who is openly disrespectful to the office of the president.

      He wasn't.

      He said he thought the President was a Sonofabitch, but he'd gladly lay down his life for him.

      why?  Because he respects the office of the president, even if he does not respect the man currently holding it.

      What we need is less namby pamby political correctness and more Harry Truman.

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