July 30, 2005


ROVE IN MARYLAND (Robert Novak, July 30, 2005, Townhall)

Bush political adviser Karl Rove told a closed-door fund-raiser for Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele in Washington Tuesday that Steele's campaign for the Senate is a top White House priority for 2006.

Steele is running for a Senate seat left empty by retirement of Democratic Sen. Paul Sarbanes. The capital lobbyists who attended the event were urged to exert more effort for Steele than they usually do on an empty-seat contest. Steele, an African-American, fits in with Bush's emphasis on raising the Republican share of the black vote.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 30, 2005 12:01 AM

This could be a fascinating race. On the Dem side it appears that the white male (Cardin?) will beat the African American (Mfume) for the Dem nomination. Maryland has a sizable african american community so the Dem candidate will have to prevent Steele from taking a larger share of the African American vote to win.

Posted by: AWW at July 30, 2005 10:24 AM

My guess is that even if there is the slightest chance of a Steele win, that there will be an 'Independent' candidacy by some Baltimore-based Black candidate to siphon off Black voters who might go with Steele.

Given the history of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, I have my doubts as to how well Steele, at the top of a ticket, could win the normal share of GOP votes there.

Posted by: bart at July 30, 2005 11:59 AM

That would kill the Democrat.

Posted by: oj at July 30, 2005 12:25 PM

bart, do you think that Maryland Blacks will fall for such an obvious ploy?

Wouldn't they say to themselves, why isn't some Baltimore-based Black candidate on the Democratic ticket in the first place, so we wouldn't need a third party? And if they didn't think of it themselves, I guess Mr. Steele could point it out to them.

Looks like it'll be a fun race to watch.

Posted by: erp at July 30, 2005 1:42 PM

Cardin is Jewish.

If he gets the nomination for the Democrats, it would be a simple matter for a Black Muslim or some other lowlife to rise from the ooze and run, claiming that 'The Man' prevented Blacks from winning a Senate Seat that 'should rightly be ours.'

There is a natural Democrat majority among Whites in Maryland, due to the importance of Federal employment and ancillary services to the economy. Cardin will win those votes, even if there is a hurricane, a typhoon or a blizzard.

If it appears that Steele is winning Black votes from Cardin, the natural reaction would be to assume that it is the result of Black antipathy towards Whites, and especially Jews. You understand, we did more than any other ethnic group in America to help them, so naturally they hate us with a passion. So, given that there will be a population of Blacks who do not want to vote for a Jewish Democrat or a Black Republican, they will need someplace to go.

Posted by: bart at July 30, 2005 7:08 PM

If Republicans can't play blacks against Jews they don't deserve the seat.

Posted by: oj at July 30, 2005 7:10 PM

So, OJ, your position is that encouraging Black anti-semitism is a good thing? And if so why, other than winning a few elections?

I spent a fair amount of my college years, passing much of my free time, particularly from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, walking around Crown Heights, Williamsburg, Boro Park and other shady neighborhoods, carrying a firearm under the aegis of the JDL, expressly to protect Jewish people from attacks by Blacks.

You want this to begin again for precisely what reason?

Posted by: bart at July 30, 2005 7:34 PM

As Jim Baker said, "F the Jews, they don't vote for us anyway."

Posted by: oj at July 30, 2005 7:49 PM

And Old Bush got crushed, garnering a mere 35% of the vote.

And if we were forced to emigrate, the lights would go off, just as they did when the Belgians left Leopoldville.

Posted by: bart at July 30, 2005 8:02 PM

No one has to emigrate, and they wouldn't anyway, but it's foolish not to use the enimties of your foes against them. Jews and blacks hate each other more than they hate white Christians. Divide and conquer.

Posted by: oj at July 30, 2005 8:08 PM

darth karl will see to it all comes good. black americans seem to have noticed that:

1. democrats are more racist than the gop

2. voting democrat so predictably get you nada

3. the gop very much wants their vote and will
do what it takes to make them happy

look for a steady drift of younger black voters over to the gop, producing a vicious response by the loser party that will only speed up the process.

Posted by: cjm at July 30, 2005 9:32 PM

Um, what history of the Eastern Shore, Bart?

Steele's likely to lose. O'Malley will be the pretty boy, drawing votes for Cardin, Ehrlich's "Prince of Darkness" will ultimately haunt Republicans, and PG and Baltimore City won't go for Steele...or Ehrlich.

It's a blue state.

Posted by: jsmith at July 31, 2005 1:15 AM


When Maryland passed laws ending Jim Crow, they specifically exempted the Eastern Shore from their application.

Posted by: bart at July 31, 2005 10:21 AM