The quotes below reinforce my opinion that the republican crossover vote for Hackett accounted for the close call the neocons had in southern Ohio, the most republican district in the state and 57th most republican district in the country.
From a post by Steve Gilliard
Significant or tidal, I'd say this is a bad day for the Ohio GOP. Longtime Republicans are tired of both their antics and their corruption.
Understand this: yesterday, thousands of Bush-supporting, longtime Republicans went into the booth and voted for a Democrat who attacked the President. A pro-choice moderate against the head of the local pro-life outfit.
These are people who haven't voted Democratic since 1980.
quotes Newt Gingrich :
"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."
When one of their own has such powerful words, it should be a wake up call for democrats as well. The netroots donations pioneered by Howard Dean and further enabled by the liberal blogging communities of DailyKOS, MyDD, Booman Tribune and many others are now a force to be reckoned with. The unfolding scandals of the bush administration will provide plenty of ammunition to use against the neocons for 06, 08 and beyond. The comparisons of these crooks and liars to Richard Nixon will pale in significance. - ƒç
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