Remember Barry Rascovar? Unless if you're one of his immediate family, or a reader of this blog over the past year or so, you don't. Anyway, this is the guy, the former longtime Baltimore Sun political columnist, who I said lost a little off his fastball during the 2014 election cycle, when he abandoned his typical analytical, insightful style, and instead started writing dreck like this, which was his contribution to humanity last October. Yep, good ol' Bar jumped on the Democratic Hate Train and put on the red high heeled pumps for the Maryland Republicans and specifically, Larry Hogan.
Wowza, what a difference nine months makes. Because look at what ol' Barry the R has to say about Larry Hogan now.
So, OK. I can get taking Hogan to task for his confrontational demeanor-- after all, being confrontational seems to be the thing for Republican executives in the state of Maryland. Because it's easier to be a bully when you have no principled standing. So comparing him to folks like Chris Christie and Donald Trump-- OK. That's fair game.
But-- even suggesting that Hogan's chemotherapy sessions have something to do with his demeanor and recent style? Really??? That's an amazingly ridiculous, mean accusation. At best, that's crossing the line between confusing the human being communicating the message, and the message itself. At worst, it's suggesting that Hogan's dangerously out of control. And while I don't agree with him on a great many things (incidentally, I do agree with him on closing down the Baltimore Detention Center, albeit not the handling), I don't think things are at that point. Hogan's behavior can't be blamed on his chemo. It just can't.
And that's one-half of the reason why no one of any importance in the state should read a column by Barry Rascovar. As in ever, ever again. It's not responsible to make such dangerous accusations.
But it's even far worse to be unprincipled. Larry Hogan showed who he was last fall. Where were the Rascovar columns about Hogan then? Nowhere to be found. Why? My belief, is out of some misguided view Barry had that people would perceive his pummeling of O'Malley and Brown to really be Barry "out front" of the 2014 Republican tide in Maryland. And in that way, Barry would become hip, cool, and maybe even relevant again. Who knows? Maybe the Sun would even want him back.
Of course, that part didn't happen. And so Rascovar has switched sides-- again, or back-- and expects everyone to give him a high-five and a big ol' hug for the effort.
Barry, the only thing I have for you is an orange Home Depot vest with "Barry" written on it in chisel point, black magic marker. Wear it proudly, you ham and egger.
Let's be careful out there.
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