October 22, 2006


Ehrlich woos anti-O'Malley Democrats (Jon Ward, 10/21/06, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. yesterday rallied in Baltimore County with Democratic lawmakers and officials who endorse the Republican's re-election bid, as Democratic leaders urged voters in the city to defeat the governor even if they "don't care for" the party's candidate to replace him.

"I have represented majority-Democratic districts for all of my entire career," Mr. Ehrlich said, standing on a truck bed in a Dundalk parking lot before about 100 supporters.

"Many, many Democrats are stepping up ... not leaving their party, just voting for the person they believe will lead the state," the governor and former congressman from Baltimore County said.

If blacks were to re-elect Governor Ehrlich and send Michael Steele to the Senate even the Democrats would start listening to their concerns.

A personality for politics: Steele's reviews are mixed, but his charisma puts him at center stage (Jennifer Skalka and Matthew Hay Brown, October 22, 2006, Baltimore Sun)

As a teenager, Michael S. Steele was a natural on the stage. Tall and handsome, with a dazzling smile, he won parts in high school, college and summer-stock theater that allowed him to be the central figure, the star.

But even when he failed to land the leads, Steele managed to make himself visible.

"Somehow, he always found his way to the front," says Jim Mumford, Steele's former drama director at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington. He was "so enthusiastic," Mumford says, "that, of course, you let him stay up there."

As an adult, Steele has taken on a broad array of roles: Roman Catholic seminarian. Washington securities lawyer. Small-business owner. Republican Party leader. Maryland lieutenant governor and the state's highest-ranking black elected official.

And though his reviews in many roles have been mixed, his charisma and personality have kept him moving forward.

Now Steele, 48, is auditioning for the biggest role of his professional life: U.S. senator. He was recruited by the White House and is running against Democratic Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin for the seat now held by Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes.

Campaigning in a state where Democrats hold a 2-1 edge over Republicans in voter registration, and where 59 percent disapprove of President Bush's performance in office, he is putting some of that stage experience to use.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 22, 2006 9:50 AM


It will take more than that. The Klan with a tan (to quote Walter Williams) will treat Steele like Judas if he is elected to the Senate.

Fools like Maxine Waters, Mel Watt, John Conyers, Charlie Rangel, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the pseudo-intellectuals like the guy at Harvard who wants reparations and the professor at Penn who attacks Bill Cosby are not going to change.

And no leading Democrat has the spine to stand up to the Black Caucus. Can you see Howard Dean, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi (who wants Alcee Hastings on the Intelligence Committee), Dick Durbin, Hillary Clinton, or Chuck Schumer trying to adjust, after decades of placating and condescending? No. They don't have the courage.

What will change things is when the GOP nominates a black on the national ticket. Then the Dems will have to repudiate the slander from the hard left, or else they will face ads showing all their party leaders wearing white hoods.

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 22, 2006 9:21 PM

Fantastic ad by Tennessee senate candidate Corker -- short and sweet and to the point. Whoever thought this one up, should be in great demand.


Posted by: erp at October 23, 2006 9:59 AM