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  •  The context is that most of my 'progressive' (1+ / 0-)
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    contacts in MD have histortically regarded Steny as a complete establishment sell out.

    So I don't have a good sense where this will be ignored by them, or be regarded in a "holy shit, even this fuckwad has seen the light, wow!!" perspective.

    •  Probably true that MD progressives (2+ / 0-)
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      aren't too fond of Hoyer. But those are the ones who will be voting to uphold marriage equality anyway. I wonder how the more moderate voters perceive him. I'm not enough of an expert in Maryland politics to know the answer to that, but I suspect he holds some weight with a number of people

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      by Chrislove on Fri May 11, 2012 at 12:01:59 PM PDT

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      •  Hoyer represents a lot of suburban . . . (4+ / 0-)

        and exurban territory.  You can see it on this map.  It's not what I'd call a conservative district, but it's hardly in the league of Montgomery County or Baltimore City.  

        So if he feels comfortable endorsing marriage equality, he must have a pretty good sense that his stance is not going to endanger him with moderate voters in Maryland.  Obviously, Hoyer enjoys the advantages of long-term incumbency, and his entrenched position probably gives him a lot more wiggle room than a more junior member would have.

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        by FogCityJohn on Fri May 11, 2012 at 12:14:04 PM PDT

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        •  Just curious (2+ / 0-)
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          according to the link, that appears to be the pre-2010 map.

          Did Steny surviving post-districting 2010 OK (rumor has it that not all MD House representatives were entirely gruntled with that)

          •  Good question. (4+ / 0-)

            I'm not sure what Maryland's new maps look like.  But I seriously doubt the state's overwhelmingly Democratic legislature would have done anything that would hurt Hoyer.  He enjoys powerful support among Maryland's Democratic establishment, who would like nothing better than to see him realize his ambition of becoming Speaker one day.  Hoyer's been bringing home the bacon for his state and his district for decades, so I'm pretty confident redistricting hasn't affected him adversely.

            "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

            by FogCityJohn on Fri May 11, 2012 at 12:57:24 PM PDT

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