Right now, I know that Jason Booms, Noted Local Vampire James Howard and Alan Brody are dancing like Peanuts in "Charlie Brown Christmas" to this song, the inspiration for this post. As well they should be. And that makes me smile.
Well, that Primary Election Thing is over. Let's take a look at the results.
It looks like the transition in Maryland to a DC Metro-centered orientation in state politics is complete, with the strong primary victories by Anthony Brown and Ken Ulman for Governor/Lieutenant Governor, and Brian Frosh for Attorney General. Except if Larry Hogan catches huge fire in a Republican surge that would surpass the Sauerbrey campaign of 1994, the three top elected positions in the state will be held by people from the DC Metro for.....the first time I can remember! This is an important geopolitical change for the state which can't be understated, the draw of the center of state politics away from Baltimore. But the point of this post is a general rundown, so we will examine this aspect in the future.
Some careers likely ended Tuesday. Doug Duncan's comeback bid for Montgomery County Executive fell short, and holy friholy, Laura Neuman will be out as Anne Arundel County Executive in the fall! Both of these candidates got shafted, Neuman moreso. I don't know that much about the Anne Arundel County exec's race but it's about to get my attention, because this Steve Schuh ran a crap campaign. I guess dirty politics still can win somewhere.
Which brings me to.... Howard County. Very few surprises countywide. Shocking, it'll be Watson vs. Kittleman for County Executive. Jon Weinstein won the Democratic Primary for District 1, with Wendy Royalty finishing a surprising third. Lisa Markovitz came way to close towards realizing her dream of Fing Howard County, and I have great concern that she now has a political base.
And while we're talking about Republicans, guess all that concern about Reg Avery holding two offices was unfounded after all! Poor goofball couldn't even make it out of his own primary. And congrats to Mary Kay Sigaty and Jen Terrasa on their re-elections, as the Republicans suppress General Election turnout.
On the General Assembly side, Uncle Porkchop's crying in his Jim Beam this morning, as Warren Miller and Trent Kittleman took the 9A GOP Primary. And Tom Coale beat Rich Corkran like an old rug last night, and it makes me happy to see that good people running clean campaigns can still be successful. Let's see if that belief can be borne out all the way, as he'll be facing Bob Flanagan, as filthy a campaigner as exists in Maryland, in the General. I'd be willing to bet anything that Flanagan and Joe Steffen will be having lunch this week. Or sharing in some Satanic ritual. Maybe both!
District 12 brings us Lam-Hill-Ebersole, and Eric Ebersole is again an example of a good guy running a good campaign and reaping the benefits of doing so! I never said that much about Ebersole during the campaign, but he really developed as a candidate over the months, and having the support of HCEA, I think really paid off for him here. And in District 13, Team 13 held off the Siddiqui challenge by a wide margin, which means that my campaign to rid Howard County electoral politics of Nayab and Janet Siddiqui took a big step forward! One down, one to go. Sure, Nayab has earned a seat on the local Democratic Central Committee, but looks as if enough of the right people won that race to put Nayab and "Munneh" McPherson in the minority.
So to the victorious candidates-- have a hard-earned and well-deserved rest, take a break, go wave thank yous to people today if you wish. But I leave you with this story.
Few remember this, but in the 1980 Winter Olympics, the great US win over the USSR wasn't for the gold medal. It was the semi-finals. They still had to win the gold medal game against Finland, itself no slouch.
Prior to the game, US coach Herb Brooks simply said this to the team, assembled in the locker room and so quiet you could hear a flea fart. "If you don't go out and win this game today, boys, what you did two days ago will mean nothing. And you will take the shame of this loss to your graves. (Pause and he looked at the faces of his team.) To your god damn graves." And then they went out and beat Finland.
The regular season is over. Time for the championship.
Today is National Catfish Day!
Let's be careful out there.