They call this "victory?"
An Iraq War veteran runs as a Democrat in a solidly conservative district. This candidate's ads feature President Bush in a positive light, he is an NRA member and talks about lowering taxes. He sounds conservative despite his party affiliation, right? Maybe the Democrats have found a new Zell Miller, you'd think. His Republican opponent makes weird policy choices like talking ethanol with suburban voters and staying close to Governor Robert Taft's policy lines.
Then it's revealed what our Iraq War veteran really thinks of President Bush. He thinks the President is a "son of a bitch" and says so in interviews with left-leaning radio networks like the local NPR and Pacifica Radio.
Said Democrat goes on to lose the special election by a narrow margin, 52 to 48 percent. The DNC considers this a victory for their platform, despite the fact that their candidate didn't get elected. Is their new platform, pretending to be small-government conservatives, attacking the ethics of their opponents while not cleaning up their own internal messes? Hello, Democrats! It's not 1994 anymore! The Republicans did this already!
While you may be free to call a sitting President a son of a bitch, it's not always the smartest thing to do. Some people take it as a sign of impoliteness and will vote for your opponent as a consequence. I think that's why our neophyte Democrat candidate lost. Criticize the President's policies all you want, criticize his private life when he brings it into public, but never call him names. It makes you look like a smaller man.