Paul Hackett, a young Iraq war veteran and Marine, has just announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for Senate in Ohio, to challenge DeWine (R). He narrowly lost a special election in a reputedly very conservative district, having gained much national attention. He has the story, no doubt, for a great TV campaign. The question is, can he convince Ohio Democrats, and then Ohio as a whole, that he's got more than a flashy story and pretty face? I, for one, look forward to the effect this will have on other races, because the image of Democrats in uniform will help neutralize the standard right-wing rhetoric that progressivs are soft, wussy, an Un-American.