Race Matters Update: Apparently, I blasted my way far too quickly through yesterday's Gazette story on race concerns among Democrats in Maryland. The travails of looking at online links, instead of a print version, I guess. There's a passage in an accompanying Gazette piece, by longtime reporter Blair Lee, that I want to highlight. I would insert my comments into my earlier post, but so many have read the post already, that I think it's best to address this article separately.
There is one line in Lee's 'My Maryland' Gazette piece that I want to highlight. Here goes (from The Gazette, Sept. 1, 2006):
“As the Gonzales poll makes clear, without blacks Cardin and O’Malley lose in November. That’s why Cardin and the Democratic establishment are treating Mfume with kid gloves. Cardin calls his primary fight with Mfume ‘‘a contest between friends,” and the Washington Post lavished praise on Mfume as it recently endorsed Cardin. Likewise, Democratic luminaries such as Senate President Mike Miller and Congressman Steny Hoyer have endorsed Simms to help placate black Democratic leaders." www.gazette.net/stories/090106/poliiss180913_31940.shtml
Holy Sheep S***t, Batman! If true, the assertion that Miller and Hoyer endorsed Simms in order to placate black leaders, would be the most awful example of racial politics in Maryland yet this year. That's an incredible level of Machiavellian dishonesty and manipulation. So much so, that it's amazing that there's no attribution for that assertion. I would like to know who said that is why Miller and Hoyer endorsed Simms. Maybe Miller and Hoyer have been impressed with Simms during years of dealings with him in politics. Maybe they think he's the better candidate and that it is appropriate for them to give him their endorsement. C'mon Gazette, Mr. Blair Lee: Tell me who said that these two men did the deed so as to placate black leaders!!!