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I never have really understood just how Bullet-Head Larry got into the governor's mansion here. The sole reason he governed moderately is because the whole legislature was united in opposition to national wingnut policies invading our state- he just didn't have the power to do all the damage he no doubt wished to. NEVER, EVER believe a goddamn Republican who pretends to be "moderate"; their first action item, upon taking office, is to rip the sheep costume off and govern like any other fucking Nazi. As governor, he was essentially under house arrest; turn him loose in the Senate and he'll be goose-stepping with the rest of them until we get another chance to vote him out, and remember that Senators get a six year term, he could do a lot of damage in six years and what could we do about it? Never forget George "kinder and gentler" W. Bush during the campaign turned into just another venomous Texas Republican in office.

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From what I observed, he won in 2014 because Anthony Brown ran on "I'll continue to do exactly what O'Malley has been doing." O'Malley had been a mixed bag for the state and people were pissed about some of the fees that were raised. Hogan ran on "Do you really want the status quo?" and it helped.

2018 Ben Jealous seemed to try to focus on converting the Eastern Shore and Western Maryland and ignored turning out voters in Baltimore City, Howard County, and Prince George's County to his detriment. All Hogan had to do was run on "I haven't done anything evil." and it worked. I remember folks saying "I know Hogan is a Republican but he isn't like [the orange one] and he hasn't done anything evil to the state so I'm okay if he wins." Also "Well the House of Delegates and Senate are firmly Democrat controlled so we need a Republican Governor to be a counterbalance"

Heck, he even looked good early in Covid when he was putting social distancing EOs in place and seemingly was ordering tests for the state. Of course later we found out his FIL was invested in the company that was making the tests and they way overcharged us, but by then he was already on his way out with the term limit.

Still, because he plays the "I don't appear evil" card very well, it does worry me a bit about this Senate race. Alsobrooks and Trone need to hammer him hard on all the ways he failed the state and would fail the country.

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I'm still trying to figure out how Larry got the GOP nom for Governor in 2014- David Craig was the man to beat, and Hogan did just that.

Anthony Brown was a resume, all hat/ no cattle. Ben Jealous was in way over his head.

Hogan is a good campaigner and he's still popular in lots of Maryland. The man can work a room, believe me. I saw him work bull and oyster roasts in the western part of the state and totally dominate the Millard Tawes Crab Feast in Crisfield on several occasions. He's smart, he does great retail and seems to genuinely enjoy people.

I think he is even money to beat Alsobrooks, and I think he will give Trone a run for HIS money.

DON'T SLEEP ON LARRY HOGAN!

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That's why I want the other candidates to hammer him now.

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Larry, sweetie: If you really wanted to help stop "toxic politics" you'd put your full, huge-headed support behind a Democrat. Bipartisanship!

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We all know he's never going to do that

Right??

#ModernRepublicansAreNotGoodFaithActors

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Hogan's toast. Yes, he won twice in the governor race, but this is because in a solid red or solid blue state voters can be more willing to vote for someone of the other party when it is an executive position--we can tell ourselves "well, he's a more moderate, Maryland-style Republican"--but this does not work when you're talking about a legislator, who voters know will be "one more vote for their party's caucus". Hogan could be the most liberal Senator out there, but he'd still be one more reason McConnell runs the floor and decides whether something even gets a vote.

Remember Bill Weld? Popular, moderate GOP governor of Massachusetts in the '90s, decided to run against John Kerry in 1996, got crushed. (On the other side of the ledger, look at poor Steve Bullock in 2020). So Hogan is just there to draw DNC funds away from other races, but probably won't even do that if David Trone gets the Dem nom, as he can self-fund.

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HOOOOGAAAAN!!!!

(RIP Bob Crane: I think a jealous husband did it, not Carpenter because the former woulda had a motive.)

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It will be fun watching ol' Hogan debase himself. But, don't do a shot every time he says "I'm not here to respond to Donald Trump's latest tweet." You'll die of alcohol poisoning before Memorial Day.

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Somebody needs to explain to me the denial that allows people to still look like they're struggling with this concept

#ModernRepublicansAreNotGoodFaithActors

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There is no such thing as a 'moderate" Republican.

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or a vegetarian shark, or a compassionate scorpion.

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Any republican claiming to be "moderate" or willing to put country over party would be doing everything to help Democrats win rather than enable republican malfeasance. If Hogan actually wanted what was best for the country, he'd want the GOP to fall apart so an actual conservative party can take its place. But there is no such unicorn as a moderate republican.

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Woah, woah woah. These so-called "moderate republicans" also need to eat. So forgive while they lie their asses off just to try and get on the government gravy train...

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Nope

#ModernRepublicansAreNotGoodFaithActors

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. . . they lie their asses off just to try and get on the government gravy train... for Jesus.

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I hope Mitch and the gang spend a lot of their finite and dwindling supply of Ameros on this race.

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I worry about name recognition. The fact that he wasn't a terrible governor for a Republican will probably help him, and more money thrown his way could tip the scales in his favor.

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NOT IF EVERYONE WHO UNDERSTANDS HOW MUCH CONTROL OF THE SENATE MATTERS TO PRESERVE DEMOCRACY SUPPORTS ANGELA ALSOBROOK AS THE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE.

For anyone still scratching their head in denial when people say "this country is so racist it would rather fail than support bestowing Democratic power on Black women even though when Black women win the entire country wins" -- THIS ^^ (coupled with the evergreen "Biden is old") is EXACTLY what this looks like.

What is wrong with people??

#ModernRepublicansAreNotGoodFaithActors

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Thanks for laying this out in clear terms Dok. When I first heard Hogan was running for Senate, it was an uneasy feeling. The overwhelming Dem voter support should carry the day and keep this seat Blue. Larry Sabato moving MD to likely Dem doesn't worry me this far out. I think Jon Tester and Sherrod Brown will win, not easily, but they should win re-election. There's a good reason they continued to get re-elected and it's sanity. The Dem cash advantage will clearly help and we know Ohioans and Montanan's will want to continue to have a choice during pregnancy. Nice article!

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Now, now, let’s not be hasty. How much harm could another Lisa Murkowski or Susan Collins in the Senate possibly do? [coughdevoscoughkavanaugh]

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Then: “I will never run for the Senate. Trust me.”

Now: “I never said I wouldn’t run for the Senate. Trust me.”

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I HATE the “A vote for so-and-so will just support [bogeyman] and their evil policies” rhetoric. It’s such a transparent attempt to manipulate people with threats of caricature straw-men, as opposed to discussing the actual candidate’s actual policy positions. I hate it when the GOP does it, and I hate it when we do it.

I know that politics nowadays is gross and we need to pull out all the knives, but I don’t have to like it.

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so DON'T fucking like it, just get a grip on reality. another mush-head like the ones who greased the wheels for the fetus cult to overturn Roe ("oh, they would never do that, its such a good money-raiser for them, don't gaslight me with worst-case scenarios"). Was Donnie a "straw man"? McConnell? Tuberville? Kegs Kavanaugh? How many times do they have to fuck you over before it gets through to you that NONE of them mean any good, that they ALWAYS lie, they have to. You don't bring a fucking prayer book to a knife fight, unless you're looking for martyrdom.

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Thanks for your perspective.

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2016 proved the case that you hate.

TFG is NOT a caricature straw man.

PAB's hand picked SCOTUS has shown us that we were right to fear what they would do, and that we were NOT being melodramatic.

Sorry but...

A vote for ANYONE but Biden is a vote for Trump.

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Of course. But it’s not specifically Assmouth or OHJB…the bogeyman du jour has been Nancy Pelosi, or Chuck Schumer, or AOC, or Bernie Sanders, or in this particular case McTurtle. It’s stupid and manipulative, but again I acknowledge that’s unfortunately what we need in these times.

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I get what you're saying, but any angle that elects the Dem must be used.

Politics is a very dirty business.

(Extra points if it involves: Mitch "No SCOTUS Judge in an Election Year" McConnell.)

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Oh he’s definitely a loathsome piece of shit. But as you say, he’s a loathsome piece of shit for real reasons, not just because he exists.

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Yeah, let's split hairs over essence versus existence while they reduce women to chattel again, re-establish unapologetic White Supremacy, take back all the gains we've made these last two centuries. Heavens, do not let us be uncivil!

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Feb 12·edited Feb 12

Of course, that’s definitely what I said we should do.

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Thank you.

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And yet a vote for any Republican is a vote for Donald Trump. That means a vote for a national abortion ban, a vote for undoing most of the Inflation Reduction Act and its climate-friendly initiatives, a vote for withdrawing from NATO and probably sending arms to Putin, a vote to outlaw trans health care, a vote to build internment camps, round up and deport all immigrants, legal or not, and end birthright citizenship, a vote to de facto eliminate the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, a vote to grant Donald Trump the chance to install another Justice or three on SCOTUS and god knows how many on other federal courts, a vote to fire civil servants who aren’t willing to sign a loyalty pledge, a vote to finish abolishing the Voting Rights Act, a vote to make the Justice Department accountable only to the president, a vote to ignore constitutional prohibitions on elected officials profiting from foreign, adversary governments, a vote to curtail no-fault divorce and access to contraception, a vote to Christianize public schools, a vote that tacitly approves raping a woman in a department store dressing room, stealing and hoarding classified documents, altering weather maps with a sharpie, lying about public health and the thousands of other ethical breaches and full-on crimes Donald Trump committed in his first term and will commit if given a chance in another term.

Any person who still identifies as a Republican is an enabler of Donald Trump.

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All true, I fully acknowledge the shithole time we live in.

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As Hunter Thompson said to the parking garage attendant at the Watergate Hotel, politics might be tough on a sensitive soul like yourself.

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If Democrats manage to retake the House, they need to start investigating the EVERLOVING FUCK out of all the foreign deals, contacts, contracts, patronage, "investing" and other financial shenanigans involving every single member of Trump's family. Drag witnesses in front of cameras and go through every dollar the bastards hoovered up from Russia, the former Soviet republics, China, the Middle East and every other place. Give them the same "crime family" treatment that Gomer Comer has been trying for two years to tag Biden with.

When the Democrats do it, they will have receipts, and they won't have to question witnesses behind closed doors and later lie about what they said. They can lay it all out in the open. If Biden crushes Trump in the election like he should, this would be one more nail in his coffin (or stake through his heart or whatever your favorite metaphor may be).

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Don't forget Moscow Mitch and the rest of the Putin caucus!

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I prefer “one more finger off the ledge.”

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It's about damn time!

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Fucking MSM. This is how you handle them:

"'I'm not going to accept that': Biden official snaps at NBC's Welker for Trump comparison"

https://www.rawstory.com/trump-biden-2667239449/

During an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," Joe Biden's re-election campaign co-chair Mitch Landrieu cut off host Kristin Welker when she tried to equate Joe Biden with Donald Trump as threats to the nation's security.

Kristen: "Just to be very clear, the report didn't say he [Biden] wasn't engaged in any wrongdoing," . "In fact, it was quite firm in the fact that he mishandled classified documents, he just wasn't indicted and criminally charged. But let me follow up with you --."

"Kristen, wait. No, no, no, no no. You can't — I'm not going to accept that premise," Landrieu interrupted. "In an investigation, a special counsel determines based on the facts and the law about whether somebody engaged in criminal wrongdoing and he found out that the president did.

Kristen, he didn't say national security — no ma'am, I'm sorry — he didn't say national security was compromised and you just heard from the secretary of national security —," Landrieu protested.

"He said it could have been," the NBC host interrupted.

"But it was not, and the facts and the law suggested that the president was not engaged in criminal activity," he replied before adding, "To be distinguished between the former president who right now has 91 felony counts pending against him in four different cases. So let's just keep the facts right and let's not make false comparisons between the two which people, unfortunately, do a lot of these days."

Boom, baby!

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So now Marco fucking Rubio is going around saying he's not concerned about Trump not following through on America's NATO obligations. Is there ANYTHING that shameless, callow, utterly spineless weasel won't say? Other than "no, that fool must never again be allowed to endanger America's interests"?

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Rubio is another one that puzzles me. What’s his end game? He can never be president or even attract enough donors to form an exploratory committee. Being a senator from Florida is as far as he’s gonna get.

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What is a signed treaty? Just a piece of toilet paper to wipe the giant assmouth?

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Trump just views it as another business contract.

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and he never honors those any more than he has to.

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After seeing supposedly moderate Republican politicians standing in line to kiss Trump's ass I hope Maryland voters have learned to never vote for someone with an (R) behind their name.

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For the most part, MD is ‘vote blue, no matter who’. But Uncle Larry Fester is an artful dodger and neither Trone nor Alsobrooks are exactly household names - yet. LOTS of Voter Ed work ahead!

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Baltimore City, Montgomery, Howard, and Prince George's Counties are vote blue no matter who. However, they're surrounded by counties that have tons of GOP voters or "Vote for whoever says they will lower my taxes."

I worry a little and hope Alsobrooks and Trone hammer the hell out of Hogan.

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