So much has been made over Hackett's near-loss in Ohio's 2nd district and about how it means that Dems can win anywhere and that the Repubs are on the wane. One huge point that everyone mentions but glosses over its importance is that Hackett is a soldier fighting in Iraq. This is huge rock-star status in GOPland. Hackett's near-success should be credited to the GOP's formula of (criticize anything about the war in Iraq) = (Terrorist lover) backfiring on them. Oh, sure, they desperately tried to smear Hackett, but it obviously didn't work.
The Dems cannot expect to do this well in red areas of the country unless they plan on running Iraq War veterans in every race.