Building (a) character

The GOP was so successful at marketing Bush as a bona fide cowboy, congressional hopeful Jean Schmidt is giving it a go in Ohio.

While disgracefully attacking Iraq War vet Paul Hackett, charging that a vet wouldn't make a good congressman, Schmidt fancies herself, as one article put it: "[a] farm girl from a traditional German Catholic family who was told early on women could only go so far."

Unfortunately for Schmidt, blogger Barbara O'Brien remembers her from childhood:

"If Schmidt is a farm girl I'm Lance Armstrong. I know exactly where the 'farm' is, because my home was on the edge of it, and when I lived there 25 years ago it hadn't been farmed in a great many years... [and] daddy saw to it the twins weren't hurting for anything (like houses).

"Daddy owned Indianapolis 500 race cars, which was a little detail that tipped me off Jean Schmidt was The Same Jean Schmidt." (Mahablog)

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