October 27, 2006


Cardin skips debate in Charles County (S.A. Miller and Jon Ward, October 27, 2006, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

U.S. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin last night skipped an NAACP-sponsored debate in Charles County, Md., a day after the Democratic Senate nominee stammered and stumbled during a faceoff with the Republican nominee, Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele. [...]

Mr. Cardin, who is from Baltimore, stumbled several times during Wednesday's televised debate at NewsChannel 8 studios in Rosslyn.

He was rattled when Mr. Steele said that he was "handpicked" by House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat credited with boosting Mr. Cardin's primary campaign against Kweisi Mfume, past president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

"I won a competitive primary," a visibly flustered Mr. Cardin said. "Kweisi Mfume is supporting me."

Mr. Steele's remark came in response to Mr. Cardin's quip that President Bush "recruited" the lieutenant governor for the Senate race.

The congressman also stammered when Mr. Steele questioned him about the proposed route of Metro's Purple Line, which Mr. Steele used to portray him as being out of touch with the D.C. suburbs.

Mr. Cardin "is rattled and has gone back on their word that they have publicly given throughout their campaign," said Steele campaign spokesman Doug Heye. "His campaign [said] they will be at a debate any time, anywhere. This was publicly announced. It was publicly reported. They never asked for it to be corrected."

Last night's debate was widely publicized as the second of three between Mr. Cardin and Mr. Steele, culminating Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Mr. Cardin has struggled to woo black voters -- the Democrats' most loyal voting bloc -- amid criticism from Mr. Mfume and other black leaders about the party's lack of black candidates at the top of the Maryland ticket. Posted by Orrin Judd at October 27, 2006 8:51 AM

The essence of Dem policy to black groups is to take them for granted because there are no consequences to doing otherwise.

The question is this case is whether the NAACP will let a Dem do it again, again without consequences. Same ol', same ol'? Or will they actually do something?

Posted by: ras at October 27, 2006 1:53 PM

In the immortal words of Tuesday Morning Quarterback Gregg Easterbrook:


Posted by: Mike Morley at October 27, 2006 3:18 PM

Steele's response to the Michael J. Fox ad is priceless. Ben Cardin is body-slammed by Steele's sister, an MD. On Hannity this afternoon, Steele said his sister volunteered for the ad. Perhaps she should run for governor in 2010.

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 27, 2006 8:33 PM