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Fighting Dems

I mentioned the "Fighting Dem" strategy in my post last night on the Illinois primary and the battle in the sixth district between Iraq war vet Tammy Duckworth and Christine Cegelis. Dick Polman of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote a lengthy piece on the Fighting Dem strategy on Sunday, finishing with a great question and anecdote:

And that illustrates one of the biggest challenges this year for the Democratic party and their Fightin' Dems: Will the vets change the image of the party - or will the party's traditional culture undercut the vets?

On the latter possibility, here's Paul Hackett. Last year, during his first meeting with Washington Democratic strategists, he mentioned in passing that he was an OIF vet.

An operative asked him, "What's an OIF vet?"

Hackett leveled his gaze and said, "That's Operation Iraqi Freedom. It's what we're spending billions on. Does that ring a bell for you?"