October 13, 2005

DON'T YOU PEOPLE KNOW WE GET TO TAKE YOU FOR GRANTED?:

Steele Factor Looms In Md.: Democrats' Hold On Black Voters Could Be Tested (Matthew Mosk and John Wagner, 10/13/05, Washington Post)

If [Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. ] Steele launches a widely anticipated bid for U.S. Senate in coming weeks, his candidacy will test one of the most deeply rooted certainties in Maryland politics: that no matter the contest, the vast majority of African American voters will cast their ballots for the Democrat.

Steele, 44, a Prince George's County lawyer who became the first African American elected statewide in Maryland, said in an interview that he intends to court the black vote aggressively, part of a concerted push by the GOP nationally to bridge a chasm that opened 50 years ago during the modern civil rights era. Already, the Republican National Committee has pledged significant campaign support and money to a Steele campaign.

Republicans say his historic status and his use of state office to open a dialogue with minority business executives and church leaders could help draw votes from what is arguably the Democratic Party's most loyal constituency. Another factor is the bitterness that many black leaders have felt since 2002, when Democrats passed up a chance to put a black candidate on the statewide ticket and left it to Republican Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. to end the tradition of all-white slates.


Realignments are death on political certainties.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 13, 2005 8:31 AM
Comments

As a theocon Steele also has the ability to reach into areas of MD that are white but have reservations about voting Republican. He is a formidable candidate.

Posted by: Luciferous at October 13, 2005 11:53 AM

I want him as president someday, if only because "Steele" is possibly the coolest name for a president ever.

Posted by: Timothy at October 13, 2005 1:56 PM
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