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Celes
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« on: September 19, 2018, 11:30:14 am »
« edited: September 19, 2018, 11:33:39 am by Celes »

Jealous is a fine candidate and Hogan is far from a moderate. His true colors will be shown soon enough. The Maryland Democratic party has done effectively nothing to help Jealous with this campaign and many of them genuinely don't want him to win because he isn't Rushern Baker. It's truly vindictive. Hogan is one of the most vulnerable incumbents in the country and the Maryland Dems have utterly blown it out of sheer spite.

Move from lean to likely R.

Maryland Democrats have essentially abandoned Jealous, there has been almost zero tv spots for him. Really piss poor effort by state officials. Iím debating leaving my ballot blank, other than Jealous, as protest. I already know Iím not voting for the Comptroller (didnít endorse Jealous) and maybe Cardin (still canít forgive his Iran Deal vote).

I also refuse to vote for Franchot. He is a shifty opportunist with calculated political instincts and no principles to speak of.
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Celes
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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2018, 03:01:51 pm »

The reason it is unacceptable that the Democratic party has acted this way about Jealous is that it is simple political expediency. These people are strangulatig themselves because theyíre afraid of looking bad. It all goes back to OíMalley being unpopular and Democrats being unwilling to take any pride in their achievements as such. This is not a principled stand in the name of policy. It isnít as if we nominated someone truly ridiculous.

Jealous is by no means outside of the Democratic mainstream. Heís a tad further left than Rushern Baker or, say, Parris Glendening, but to pretend heís some screaming left-winger ó or even a doctrinaire Berniecrat ó is lazy and vindictive. There is nothing about Ben Jealous or his campaign that would reasonably inspire more moderate Democrats to be so skeptical of him as they are, outside of tribalist factionalization and the refusal to fight Hogan on his out-and-out lies because of concerns about being unpopular. That is the real crime here. Spinelessness.

He is a pragmatic, harm reduction minded Democrat with some political sympathies to the Bernie wing. The Bernie people are souring on him because he isnít an ideologue, the moderates donít like him because the Democratic party wrote off this election by July when their guy didnít win the primary, and the entire rest of the state has just bought into this moderate hero myth.

There is a profoundly racial character to Hoganís campaign, as well. Jealous isnít a ďreal MarylanderĒ because heís in Baltimore (and as we all know, western Maryland is the only smart population here because they voted for Hogan and he cut a toll!), heís never had a ďreal jobĒ (outside of running one of the most important civil rights organizations in American history), and hereís a photo of him wearing... gasp!... a hoodie! How uppity... is this who you want to pay your taxes to, Maryland?

Iíd sooner have Ehrlich back than Hogan.
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