The MDGOP consists of two primary factions: The “Ins” and the “Outs.”
The Ins consists of party regulars, especially creatures of the central committee apparatus.
The Outs are activists who first got involved through other activities, such as blogging, working on a campaign, running for office, or involvement in national political organizations.
The Ins want to preserve the primacy of the status quo.
The Outs want to change what they regard as a culture of failure.
The Ins believe in oligarchy, invariably choosing to recycle or resurrect the same individuals for various party roles and assignments.
The Outs are receptive to attracting new faces and new energy to the party, and regard non-central committee-centric achievements as an advantage.
The Ins prioritize self promotion and helping their allies, cronies, or – in some cases – family members.
The Outs want to focus on activities that help candidates win elections.
They’ll never admit it, but the Ins have quietly come to believe that the GOP's fortunes in
will never change.
The Outs have made no such concession.
The Ins want to hold party office because they think they’re entitled to it.
The Outs want to hold party office because they want to do something with it.
The Ins are personified by people like Diana Waterman, Louis Pope, and David Ferguson – people of long service and scant accomplishments.
The Outs are represented by people like Nicolee Ambrose, Dan Bongino, and Greg Kline – people unafraid to deal with the consequences of pushing a resistant and reactionary establishment to embrace change.
If the Republican Party has a future in
Maryland, it rests with the Outs, not the