So I'm writing this Tuesday evening, the night of the New Hampshire primary, and I'm sitting here celebrating the victories of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. And in a little less than nine months, Americans will go to the polls to choose the next leader of the free world. And since the President has pretty much always been elected from along the major party victors in Iowa or New Hampshire, your choices are Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. Who ya got?
But..... before you answer that one, know this. Somewhere, someone is thinking about 2018. The election of 2018. The election of 2018 in Howard County of all places!
How do I know this? Well, because sources close to the Marshmallow Man, in recent days, have been polled. By someone live from a real polling firm, not from some yokel or robocaller. And the questions are almost all HoCo-centric! They ask about favorables vs. unfavorables of County Executive Allan Kittleman, Councilmembers Calvin Ball and Mary Kay Sigaty, and Registrar of Wills Byron McFarlane. And, the poll asks about the performance of Kittleman and the Department of Public Works during the blizzard. The poll asks one question about the HCPSS-- to grade it on a scale from "A" to "F". Last, the poll asks about preference in two theoretical Gubernatorial elections-- Governor Hogan vs. Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, and Prince Georges County Executive Rushern Baker.
But.... who would do such a thing, you might ask? I dunno! Let's think of it. Who could afford a poll in February 2016 all about the 2018 election? Who would be concerned about the local response to the blizzard? I could be wrong, but I have a feeling that the CE's campaign commissioned this poll.
And I'm not saying that's a bad thing. But of course, some things must be asked. Is such behavior becoming of a true servant leader? And, more importantly, is this how a politician is supposed to be? Finally, of utmost importance: how will the responses to these questions guide the ship of state in the HoCo for the coming year, perhaps more?
I will leave you, True Believers, to answer those questions.
Let's be careful out there.
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