Here's a new...news / link roundup with some fun commentary from you friendly neighborhood blogger:
- Since it's the last night of the Republican National Convention, I'll link back to the speeches from Condi Rice, Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, and Ann Romney. Why these speeches? Cause they're great. Also, cause they're easily accessible at Race42012. So check them out.
- Dan Barnes at SBC Voices wrote an interesting piece on the theological concept entitled, "Wovenism." Wovenism is not Calvinism or Arminism, but something almost in between. It's interesting, so worth checking out.
- Ed Morrissey of Hot Air has a great piece on fact checking the fact checkers who are, basically, lying about Paul Ryan. As usual, the media is in the tank for Obama.
- Jimmie Bise of the Sundries Shack is right - the Mittness needs to let more "D'aww" stories leak to the press. He's an all around good person who doesn't like tooting his own horn. Let others do it for you, Mr. Romney.
- Josiah Schmidt, Race42012's resident libertarian, has an excellent piece with is predictions on why he thinks the GOP will get to 52 seats in the US Senate. Pretty solid predictions, tho there are some which could flip to lead to more seats.
- In an article making me feel old - Kotaku has a piece about the fact that Street Fighter turned 25 today. I played the original "Fighting Street" on the PC before playing a LOT of Super Street Fighter II on my Sega Genesis. Played a LOT of it with my brother. We'd sit in my room blasting music and playing the game. After a while, I got too good with Ryu and my brother wouldn't let me play as him. But that's another story.
- This piece is awful about atheists still serving in churches at the pulpit. Read it and be disgusting at these people deceiving their congregations.
- Last week, I was on Red Maryland radio talking the 2014 campaigns and Maryland referendums. You can listen to me here.
- Maryland's unemployment rate went up in July to 7%. In that same month, the unemployment rate in Frederick County dropped to 5.9%. Why is this relevant? The head of the Frederick County Board of Commissioners Blaine Young is considering a run for Governor in 2014. If the unemployment rate continues to drop there from their policies, it's relevant to note.
Got more news? Probably - feel free to link it in the comments. I'll leave you with this neat piece of pro-Romney artwork:
In 2014, we have a general idea of who may run on the Republican side: Pat McDonough, Brian Murphy, David Craig, Blaine Young, Larry Hogan, Marty Madden, and Charles Lollar. The Gazette ran a piece on the potential 2014 contenders that discussed Murphy, Craig, Hogan, Madden, and Young. You could potentially argue that these may be the frontrunners, but I could see Lollar gaining some footing in some circles with his eloquent speaking ability and power to inspire voters. That said, read through the piece and you'll see something - how little time is spent on everyone but Madden.
Craig is called a frontrunner, then called a moderate. Hogan is spoken of more at length than Craig with emphasis on how hard of a time he'll have with Tea Party voters. Young is discussed, with a heavy focus on how hard a time he'll have among moderate voters. Murphy is said passingly as someone who got "pummeled by Ehrlich..." in 2010. Then comes Madden. They talk about how Madden is unsure if he's running. How he could appeal to moderate voters and how conservatives in the primary may have a hard time with him. The whole second half of the piece appears devoted to talking Madden and building him up. I feel like he's already the media's favorite, or at least the Gazette's favorite Republican. Not sure how I feel about that scenario.
In my opinion, Craig may be the guy already for 2014. He's got a fairly solid record as a County Executive, is not as moderate as the author of that piece thinks, and seems to be doing all the right things early on to establish himself as the frontrunner. I am a big Murphy fan - voted for him in the primary in 2010, do not regret that decision. I'd consider supporting him again - but honestly, I think it would be better for him to consider a bid for Comptroller. Him versus Campbell could turn into an interesting slug-fest, especially since I really like both of them. That said, both are qualified and both could give any Democrat a run for their money in an open race in the general election. What I know of Young's politics, I like. What I see as the big monkey that'll be on Young's back in terms of baggage, I'm worried about. I don't mind Hogan, I just was never all that excited about his candidacy when he almost ran in 2010. I felt he put forth a few good ideas, then chickened out when it looked like Ehrlich was running. Honestly - if you believe you are the best person for the job, run. If you don't, then don't even pretend to run like Hogan did in 2010. That's my opinion, though - feel free to disagree.
I wouldn't vote for McDonough for Governor and, frankly, I doubt he'll run. He always plays this game of, "I might run...or I might not..." for random offices every so many years. He never pulls the trigger, so don't hold your breath. I love Charles Lollar and think he will be an important face in the party for years to come. Do I think he'd make a good Governor? Possibly. Do I think it might not be his time for a bid for Governor? Possibly. I'm not sure - and part of me wanted him to try another bid for Congress this year. Regarding Madden - I really know nothing about Madden besides how the Gazette piece seemed to be ready to puff him up as a candidate. But, we shall see.
2014 isn't here yet, so all this is wild speculation. That said, it's fun and will be interesting to see what happens. Opinions welcome.
MDYRs had their straw poll on 2014 contenders at their 2012 convention. Harford County Executive David Craig won the straw poll with 25% of the vote, but it's still a pretty close / open race at this point. Here's the breakdown:
- Harford County Executive David Craig: 25%
- Former Lt. Governor Michael Steele: 21%
- Former Secretary Larry Hogan: 13%
- Frederick County Commissioner Blaine Young: 8%
- Corrogan Vaughn (write-in): 8%
- 2010 Congressional Candidate Charles Lollar: 4%
- 2010 Gubernatorial Candidate Brian Murphy: 4%
- Pat Daly (write-in): 4%
- MDYR Chairman Brian Griffiths (write-in): 4%
- Former U.S. Senate Candidate Alan Keyes (write-in): 4%
- Undecided: 4%
Interesting note from the MDYR website: "Former Senate Minority Leader Marty Madden and Delegate Pat McDonough were listed on the ballot, but received no votes." More people decided to write in Keyes, Vaughn (who is a perennial candidate for random offices), and MDYR Chair Brian Griffiths than voted for McDonough. Maybe that should tell him something.
Frederick County Commissioners President Blaine Young announced this weekend that he's running for Governor. He's filed a statement of organization and plans to begin fundraising soon. Young is a former Democrat turned Republican in 2002, formally serving as a City Alderman in Frederick (the youngest elected in history). In 2010, he was appointed to an open seat on the Frederick County Board of Commissioners and in 2010, led a Tea Party fueled slate of Republicans to sweep the Board, leading to his election as President of the Board of Commissioners. Young 40 years old, so still has time politically if he fails in this bid.
Issues that may come up? In 2004, Blaine Young's name was on the list of a Madam's Escort Service. According to Young, he hired the Escorts not for sex, but for dancers at a party. He addressed it further in an article for "The Tentacle." He was unmarried at the time and admitted to his inappropriate behavior, but in a statewide race - this WILL come up and WILL be discussed at length by the media.
It will be interesting to see how Young handles the statewide press when he begins his campaign.