Oh well, the blogosphere is calling this a victory. I call it a loss no matter how you slice it we lost. Granted, the blogosphere alone and only the blogosphere was able to make it as close as it was. The blogosphere brought this to the national news networks, the blogosphere was practically alone in raising Hackett's funds, the blogosphere alone helped massively in the GOTV efforts. However, in the end the dems lost yet another seat to the repugnicans. I don't know the ins and outs of how much money (if any) the DCCC gave to the Hackett campaign, but I know the repugnicans woke up a couple of weeks ago and had to drop some mad cash on this race. Who knows what would happen if the DCCC had done a similar act of fund injection. Of organization, of basic frekin politics.
Again the sphere is calling that part a victory too. In part they are right. We had the power and we changed a district in Ohio from going 70- 30 repugnican to going 52-48 repugnican. It is a start. A great start. If anything it demonstrates how much power we really have by typing in our pajamas (as most everyone believes).
It shows that we have a power of attention grabbing, attention pushing, fund raising, and organization. Things that the DCCC would be wise to emulate in 2006.