by Chris Bowers, Wed Jul 27, 2005 at 04:08:29 PM EDT
Also, I am hearing sketchy reports from Tim that the NRCC is making a huge ad buy in OH-02 this weekend because their internal polling shows Hacket within the MoE. These are, really, really shaky reports that are changing all the time. Tim should have a better report on this over at Swing State Project soon.
Update (Scott): Here's that better report from Tim that Chris was talking about. The NRCC ad buy was $285,000 and Hackett is now within 5 points. They're clearly freaking out. Really exciting stuff...
Update (Laddy): The trail of independent expenditures from the NRCC starts. I've posted the expenditures below the fold. They have indicated that they have dropped, or are in the process of dropping a poll, and that the first mailing against Hackett (they tell you the message in the mailing is against Hackett, rather than for Schmidt). It implies that it should hit mail boxes tomorrow, or the day after. Expect more independent expenditures in the next several days, with more mailings and phone calls from out of state to reinforce their smear.
This my friends is how modern Republicans work, a year and a half bitching about Democrats are the party of no, and then with wad of cash they ignore advocating their own policies and go after the Democrat, hoping to derail him, or her. I would bet that part of their mail will reinforce the smear campaign against the patriotism of Hackett.
It's all business decision now, and whatever they can get with their money to make a drive against the people who hold Hackett in positive esteem for his service is worth the price. The fact that they are attacking someone who served bravely in a war they have cheerlead for makes no difference to them. It's a business decision, and every seat a zero sum game, and if they can muddy the waters of patriotism long enough to hold on to a seat it signifies a profit. The decision the NRCC and the national Republicans made is that in a district that is strongly Republican they would rather print a mail piece attacking Hackett, rather than send one out praising Schmidt should be illuminating to anyone who isn't a Republican hack.