Friday, March 22, 2013

MDGOP: The Ins Versus the Outs

Maryland Republican Party Executive Director David Ferguson’s decision to blow off a long-scheduled training session for candidates to shadow Governor O’Malley in South Carolina, and interim Chair Diana Waterman’s decision to remove National Committeewoman Nicolee Ambrose from the RNC Rules Committee, both serve to reinforce conclusions I drew about the MDGOP when I blogged about the National Committeewoman’s race a year.

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 Maryland 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 Ins. 


  1. Hey you! Yeah, you! You who own a stopped a stopped clock! You with the pet squirrel! Pay attention!

    What Richard said is for you. Every bit of it.

    For the rest of you, the same holds true. Put the INs out and let's get the OUTs in. To do otherwise in the definition of crazy.

  2. How many general elections elections have Nicolee Ambrose, Dan Bongino, or Greg Kline won? How many candidates have they trained with the money they've raised? I think these are fair questions. All the good intent in the world amounts to little when their records are thinner than the establishment's.

  3. For the last year, the described "Ins" have been raising money and training candidates for office across the state. What have the "Outs" been doing? And how many general elections have the "Outs" won?

  4. Please share your defense of the "Ins" - just how many R's won last election; how much money did they raise in support of the R candidates; and how many NEW candidates have they trained? It seems that Maryland keeps recycling candidates... and losing.

    The "Ins" are like Congress as far as being in lockstep with the establishment program and having a position for life whether you accomplish anything or not. Hence part of the reason many "Outs" disappear as they quickly tire of the backstabbing and infighting.