Skip to comments.Mfume, O’Malley Lead 2006 Democratic Pack for Md. Senate, Poll Shows (Maybe Mfume vs. Steele?)
Posted on 01/16/2005 6:41:04 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican
Mfume, OMalley Lead 2006 Democratic Pack for Md. Senate, Poll Shows
By Josh Kurtz Roll Call Staff Wednesday, Jan. 12; 11:35am
Baltimore Mayor Martin OMalley and former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume are running neck and neck in a new independent poll on the 2006 Maryland Senate Democratic primary, with Rep. Benjamin Cardin close behind.
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Will it be Kweisi Mfume against Lt. Gov. Michael Steele for the U.S. Senate in Maryland in 2006? If so, we might elect the first black GOP Senator since the 1970s.
If the Democrats in MD are stupid enough to nominate Kweisi Mfume-and I don't think that they are, by any means-then I don't see how any Republican-unless Alan Keyes decides to abandon his newfound home in Illinois for a return engagemen-could possibly lose that (hypothetical) race.
Steele may prefer to wait it out to succeed Ehrlich as Governor in 2010 (and Ehrlich would also have to find a top-notch running mate, perhaps trying to lure disgruntled Black PG Democrat Wayne Curry to switch is one possibility). I'd be surprised if the MD 'Rats would even nominate Mfume for the Senate (and, of course, the biggest rumblings from Black Dems in MD is the party's refusal to advance them to the highest positions despite representing a huge % of the state party). Mfume vs. Steele would be a very interesting contest, regardless. But is it an absolute certainty that Sarbanes will retire ? I thought he wouldn't leave the Senate except in a bodybag.
"But is it an absolute certainty that Sarbanes will retire?"
I wouldn't be so quick to write off Kweisi in a general, especially in a state like MD. Many of us were WAY off in our calculation that nominating a radical nut with a scary name (who couldn't even win the nomination for a House seat when he ran previously) would lose in a landslide for a Senate seat to a Republican, and now that nut is the junior Senator from Illinois.
Don't get me wrong, Jack Ryan definitely would have had to wage an uphill battle in that race.
Considering the fact that Carol Moseley-Braun was elected-albeit, by a very small margin-it might even be hard to make a plausible case that someone who is-relatively speaking-free of ethical blemishes, such as Barack Obama, could have been defeated.
However, if you look at the final presidential numbers, I believe that President Bush lost the state by ten points, I think that Jack Ryan could have definitely made a race of it.
If Sarbanes dies in office - and, no, I'm not wishing that - Governor Ehrlich should appoint O'Malley as his replacement. Not saying it would happen, but it would knock Ehrlich's biggest potential challenger out of the race for Governor in 2006.
Word is Sarbanes was waiting to see if the Dems would recapture the Senate in the just concluded elections. Had the Dems taken control, Sarbanes would've been Chairman of the Banking Committee - Uber Powerful.
As for Lt. Governor Steele, he has never offered so much as a hint that he'd like to run for US Senate. He wants to run for Governor following a second Ehrlich term. Of course, depending on who would be the likely Dem nominee, that could change.
If the IL state GOP didn't have the problems it did, Pete Fitzgerald SHOULD have been running for reelection (and hence Jack Ryan and Alan Keyes and all the rest need not have even entered the equation). Fitz had not a whiff of corruption about him and amassed the best record for an IL Senator since Everett Dirksen, but his problem was that he was pledged to weeding out the corruption in BOTH parties, and for that, he had to be gotten rid of. This wound was inflicted solely by the IL state GOP, the 'Rats (where ethics is a matter of little concern) merely profit from our numerous mistakes. I don't believe the state GOP has hit rock bottom, yet...
So, it appears that you may be on to something.
I like your tag-line!
I always thought that it was French for flaming mediocrity.
Flaming mediocrity would be a compliment for the Olympian Pretender. 'Tis always amazing that where the 'Rats are concerned, turds do rise to the top.
She's essentially a female, Caucasian replica of Gary Locke.
Why didn't they just nominate him for a third term, if they were so infatuated with Mr. Locke's captivating personality?
It's also possible E J Pipkin may run. He is the State Senator from our district that just got trounced by Mikulski last year, but he has plenty of money and could do much better against Mfume.
And BTW, Pipkin is NOT a RINO, he is the real thing, which is pretty amazing in this state.
It would be a amazing if it happens, but it sounds like a lot of things would have to go right for this to happen.
Unforunately, I don't think the Ill. GOP will hit rock bottom till Hastert bites the dust.
I can't stand Hastert. I just don't trust him.
His absured handling of the Illinois Senate race for one thing. Had a freshman poli-sci student been doing things around there, he couldn't possibly have done worse. From his insistence that Ryan step down, to his laughably bad handling of the Ditka situation, to the eventual joke that was Keys. It was a disaster, and he was either directly or indirectly part of all of it.
For another, the party in Illinois is obviously corrupt to the core, and you simply can't be as powerful as he is, and not know about it. He is either complacent or part of it.
I suppose you could attribute the selection of a candidate for the U.S. Senate race to him-I'm sure that he some input-but I don't think that he concerns himself much with the day-to-day operations or internecine, GOP politics in his home state.
In fact, I'm sure that being Speaker is enough of a headache that he doesn't have the time or the political capital to expend reconstructing a state party that is in utter disarray.
No more difficult than Ehrlich/Steele defeating a Kennedy clan member the first time around. From the little I've seen of LtGov Steele, I've been very impressed with him.
To ever speak of a Republican being unbeatable in a hypothetical statewide race in MD is ___. I simply cannot think of the word to use.
Well, did the party force Fitzgerald out? Wasn't it his choice not to enter the primary even if the party wanted to put forth an "establishment" choice?
I read somewhere that Sarbanes was the most unpopular senator of all 100 among the Senate support staff, particularly the "little people" like the elevator operators. And this from a Democrat who claims to be the essence of the "little people."
I wouldn't doubt at all that he's the most unpopular senator among the Senate support staff. Have you ever met the man? Arrogant and aloof doesn't begin to cover it.
"I read somewhere that Sarbanes was the most unpopular senator of all 100 among the Senate support staff, particularly the "little people" like the elevator operators."
I think ole Gare wanted to go shake the money tree.
Isn't he the guy that kidnapped Jerry Langford ?
I've wondered about Hastert myself, but I would tend to think more along the lines of that he's seemed rather clueless as to what has been going on around him in IL. Supposedly he was not even aware of who was in the running for the Senate when Jack Ryan bowed out. I tend to not be as hard on the federal officials for not tending to state party business (for example, I don't expect my Sen. Frist to be into aggressive recruitment for state offices, save perhaps for his own successor next year), as that really should be laid at the feet of the State Chair, the perpetually inept establishmentite Judy Baar Topinka.
Fitz was never a part of the establishment. The anointed candidate in '96 was Loleta Didrickson, and after Fitz ate her lunch in the primary, she and the establishment went about badmouthing him to the point that he managed a too-narrow win over Carol Mostly-Fraud. When Fitz went about running a clean ship (in direct contrast to Gov. George Ryan's corrupt business-as-usual money train shakedowns) and promoted a crusading Fed Attorney (also named Fitzgerald, but no relation), these were unforgiveable sins to the state establishment. People like Fitz were way too dangerous because they'd bring a halt to corruption in both the state parties. The establishment GOP is as pleased as punch to allow anti-American kooks like Barack Hussein Obama to get into the Senate as long as he doesn't bother to do anything about the corruption. No different than the effortless shift of corruption in Chicago in the early '30s from the Republicans under Big Bill Thompson to the Democrats under Anton Cermak... same payoffs, different party, same end result... just business as usual.
Well, it is still Maryland.
Yup, it's not Sarbanes that's the meanest, it is Specter. People loathe to work for the man, and staff turnover, IIRC, is rather high (who would want to be yelled out by that a$$hole daily ?).
Well, you may be right, I guess I had forgotten about Arlen since he has now pledged to do everything right!
Well, I know 1 thing for 100% certain: He telegraphed to the press that Mike Ditka was gonna take the run, only to embarras not only himself, but the state party as well.
I also know that he certainly didn't stop what happened from happening, and I simply cannot believe that a man with his power and presteige wouldn't have been listened to had he had a mind to put his foot down, and that goes to some of the corruption AND the senate race.
I don't know that Hastert is corrup, nor that he is incompetent. But I DO know two things: One, that he's not a good spokesman for the party, and two, that he has given me reasons not to trust him. I hope I'm wrong, but from where I am sitting, I'd sure rather have Delay, Dreier, or some other person as speaker.
You might be right, but he obviously pressured Jack Ryan out of the race, and if he did that not knowing who was going to replace him, that shows idiotic judgement if nothing else.
I tend to think that, Ryan, like Fitzgerald, would have gained enough power had he been elected to appoint some people that would have cleaned house, and threatened too many of his friends. That's why Fitzgerald was chased out, and that's why I simply don't trust Hastert.
I don't know that he is a bad man, but I do not trust him. I'd much rather see Dreier or DeLay as speaker. Or heck, even Roy Blunt.
However, I don't think that-outside of an artificially (racially) gerrymandered congressional district and a former civil rights organization that has been hijacked by the fringe of the Dem. Party-he could win a single elective office throughout this great land.
A better analogy-than a comparison between him and Mikulski, or a similiar hard core leftist that has been repeatedly endorsed by the Maryland electorate-would be one that compares his career with that of Cynthia McKinney.
Unpalatable to the vast majority of sane voters, to the point that, if he ran against Alan Keyes, he would probably lose.
However, unlike Sir Slickenstein, he believes in a philosophy-which unfortunately, as in the case of the fraudulent and wasteful expansion of Medicare, he occasionally corrupts, in a misguided pursuit of conservative goals, in that case, the reelection of President Bush-that extends beyond his own parochial interests.
Believe me, he knows the field.
You will never see him attempting to become Speaker of the House, come what may.
A race between Kweisi Mfume and Michael Steele would be historic. My concern involves the lamestream media acting as Mfume's cheerleading squad. If memory serves me correctly, there was a Senate race between an African-American leftist and an African-American conservative in the last election, and it didn't go well.
"A race between Kweisi Mfume and Michael Steele would be historic. My concern involves the lamestream media acting as Mfume's cheerleading squad."
I don't know anyone delusional enough to believe that Mfume could beat O'Malley-or any other serious primary opponent,for that matter-aside from Mfume himself, Julian Bond, and perhaps a few other radical, 60s retreads.
He would have been in a stronger position if he had waited till he had been reelected to start his crusade.
If he had waited 6 years to begin his "crusade", he would've been rightly accused of being a party to the antics. I'm just sorry he didn't choose to fight it out, but I can hardly blame him for stepping down. If our own party isn't interested in cleaning up its act, what's the point ?