Kryptonite to Winning 2005 — Kossacks 0-16

The Kossacks and their guy Hackett lost tonight. Remember in 2004 when *every* Kossack backed candidate won? Hahahaha! You can’t because that didn’t happen. They. All. Lost. Just like it appears will happen tonight.

Oh, and for those who want to spin that this district was really competitive, keep in mind these points:

  1. Schmidt lost a lot of grassroots support early on.
  2. Even Club For Growth wouldn’t back Schmidt.
  3. Thanks to CFG, Schmidt went into the general election already labeled a big tax and spender.
  4. Hackett had to run ads that made him look supportive of the President.
  5. This is a special election and only the truly motivated vote in a special election and Hackett still lost.
  6. Hackett had a compelling biography being a marine and Iraq veteran. That’s what distinguished this election and it still didn’t work for the left.
  7. 2000 was close too. Heh.

Will the right now recognize that it needs social conservatives who are also fiscal conservatives?

Will the left stop internet funding silly candidacies of lefties who try to hide behind the flag so you can’t see their hands in the surrender position (hands in the air, pants around their ankles)?

A failure. Again.

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  • Congratulations on your victory.

    I have noticed that hyper-partisan Republicans such as yourself don’t ever admit bad news. So, I am not surprised that you are brushing off such a good showing by a Democrat in a heavily Republic district.

    What does surprise me is the extent to which one has to ignore reality in order to pooh pooh the results of this election. Only those who want to believe your spin are going to. IMHO, you need to find another way to spin this if you want non-redmeat Republics to buy into it.

  • Blue Neponset,

    If you want a fuller understanding of why this race was as close as it was, visit Tom Blumer’s site:

    He runs down 20 reasons Jean Schmidt should have lost (but didn’t). My own feeling it is silly to make pronouncements one day after a special election with low-turnout that the results are a predictor of any future event.

  • Thanks for the response LargeBill.

    Newt Gingrich as quoted in today’s WaPo:

    “It should serve as a wake-up call to Republicans, and I certainly take it very seriously in analyzing how the public mood evidences itself,” Gingrich said. “Who is willing to show up and vote is different than who answers a public opinion poll. Clearly, there’s a pretty strong signal for Republicans thinking about 2006 that they need to do some very serious planning and not just assume that everything is going to be automatically okay.”

    You can certainly discount my opinion but I would caution you on discounting Newt Gingrich’s opinion about the OH-02 interim election.