So, when I started this blog in August, I did so for reasons of catharsis more than anything else. I had strong opinions about some of the things happening across
’s political landscape, and I needed the cyber equivalent of a soapbox so I could vent and move on. The outlet, as opposed to the audience, was my prime motivation. Maryland
I never imagined that, two months later, I’d have acquired something of a readership – and that I’d have the good folks at the Maryland Democratic Party to thank for it.
This week, I have gotten a few press calls about my blog posting on the recent debate between Ehrlich and O’Malley. I never gave the posting that much thought. All I did was watch the debate, jot down my impressions, post them, and move on. I didn’t think it was as funny or well written as some of my other blog entries. So, I was taken aback by the fact it had created something of a buzz.
Apparently, the genesis of this attention was the fact that Maryland Democratic Party (MDP) workers sent a link out to the press along with a message apparently approving of the fact that I was critical of Bob Ehrlich’s performance.
As someone used to writing speeches for other people, it still mystifies me that people are interested in my own thoughts or opinions. So, on that level, I was inherently surprised by the shout out.
On the other hand, I respect the fact that the professional partisans at the MDP are pretty aggressive, and generally good at what they do. The rationale behind their pre-candidacy attacks on Bob Ehrlich, and their fixation on his Saturday morning radio show mystified me at the time, but that’s neither here nor there. For them, I’m guessing the spectacle of a former longtime Ehrlich staffer pointedly criticizing his ex-boss’s debate performance was too tempting a morsel to pass up.
Hey, this is politics. My blog postings are fair game. No harm, no foul as far as I’m concerned.
I just wanted to reassure people that I have not switched teams, politically speaking. I’m as Republican as I ever was. After 25 years of being involved in and around politics, however, I just believe I have earned the right to say what I want to say.
And, as I stated in my very first blog posting, I still retain a sense of gratitude towards Bob Ehrlich for the positive role he played in my life and career.
Admittedly, I find the occasional strategic missteps of some of Ehrlich’s aides exasperating both as a GOP voter and a political observer. Also disappointing is the fact that some Ehrlich aides and their family members have treated the former governor’s largesse with the coarse subtlety of grave robbers breaking into pharaoh’s tomb.
Still, in case anyone was wondering, I plan to vote for Ehrlich on November 2nd. It’s just that the days of me saying what I am expected to say to make others happy, simply because it is for the good of the team, are over.
As for the folks at the
Democratic Party…thanks, guys, for showing me so much love. After the election, let me know if you want to grab a beer or something. That could be a fun conversation. Maryland