February 19, 2006

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Conservative black candidate makes Ohio race interesting (GEORGE WILL, February 19, 2006, Chicago Sun-Times)

Maryland borders Pennsylvania, which borders Ohio, which borders Michigan. In that swath of America, extending 950 miles from the shores of the Chesapeake Bay to the shores of Lake Superior, this year could produce a remarkable quartet of Republican victories -- black U.S. senators from Maryland (Michael Steele, who now is lieutenant governor) and Michigan (Keith Butler, a former Detroit city councilman, now pastor of a suburban church with a congregation of 21,000), and black governors in Pennsylvania (Lynn Swann, the former Pittsburgh Steeler) and Ohio (Ken Blackwell, now secretary of state).

Blackwell is particularly noteworthy because he has had the most varied political career -- a city councilman at 29, mayor at 31, national chairman of Steve Forbes' 2000 presidential campaign. And because he is the most conservative.

Polls suggest Blackwell, 57, can win the GOP primary May 2. National party leaders think that only he can keep the governorship Republican, because the state GOP has been hostile to him, and Ohio voters are now robustly hostile to it.

He annoys the establishment because he, unlike it, believes things.


It's especially funny to see the black candidates run to the Right of their state parties.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 19, 2006 5:21 PM
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Steele has massive amounts of room to run to the right of Ehrlich. Shoot...Cardin may be running to the right of Ehrlich.

And, btw, interesting that Mayor O'Malley, Congressman Ruppersburger, Senators Lieberman and Graham and Schumer and others are willing to racially profile (the UAE company that bought a British company that runs six US ports, including Baltimore)...I'd love to see them try that at airports.

Really. I'd love to see them try it.

Posted by: jsmith at February 20, 2006 12:12 AM

National party leaders think that only he can keep the governorship Republican, because the state GOP has been hostile to him, and Ohio voters are now robustly hostile to it.

Does anyone seriously think this is an accident?

Posted by: Timothy at February 20, 2006 12:54 AM
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