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IOKIYAR? Not, thinks Michael Steele, Lieutenant Governor and Republican Senate candidate. Behind in the polls, thinking the only chance he has to pick up enough votes is to spread blue signs around which say "STEELE DEMOCRAT"

and make people think..."wow! here's a Democrat who's a brother - we need him in the Senate!"

Today's Baltimore Sun said, in part:

The bright blue placards and bumper stickers made their debut yesterday in Baltimore during an event announcing a new coalition of Democrats supporting the lieutenant governor's U.S. Senate bid. Steele, of course, is the Republican nominee for Senate and a former chairman of the state Republican Party.

The group and accompanying signs appear to be the latest Steele effort to distance himself from an unpopular White House and a Republican Party struggling to maintain its hold on Congress. The state Democratic Party chairman immediately accused him of "identity theft."

  Oh, no! say the Repukes...

Steele supporters said the term was akin to calling someone a "Reagan Democrat."

I don't think any Reagan supporters who were known as "Reagan Democrats" ever displayed a sign naming themselves as such, and certainly none that said "Reagan Democrat," like these Steele signs.

No Democratic officials were present, but William H. Murphy Jr., a Baltimore lawyer who has ties to Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., was, and said,

"I'm sick and tired of being taken for granted by the Democratic Party," Murphy said.

"We don't embrace George Bush, we embrace Michael Steele," he said. "We don't embrace George Bush's vision of America, we embrace Michael Steele's vision of America."

"We just want people to think Michael's a Democrat, for the purpose of stealing votes from Ben Cardin," was what he didn't say. I added that here, for clarity.

I recognize that this diary's kind of thin...but I am sufficiently outraged by this tactic to try to bring some heat to bear on Mr. Steele's campaign as a response. We're the Democrats, and we don't want him crawling behind our skirts to hide from the Bush Boogeyman that haunts all Repub candidates this cycle.

Please add any action steps you can, below, as I'm a bit too rushed (and lame) to get that together.

Originally posted to condoleaser on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 06:09 AM PDT.


Is this reprehensible, craven misinformation masquerading as good clean politics?

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  •  this HAS to violate some sort of campaign law (62+ / 0-)

    Surely there is a law that says you can't misprepresent what party you are running under, and I think its obvious that these signs and bumper stickers could easily be confused as saying "Steele is a democrat"

    If they wanted to make it sound like "regean democrat" then they would have phrased it like "I'm a Steele Democrat!" or something.

    This is as blatent attempt to muddle his party affiliation as one can have.

  •  Laughable (11+ / 0-)

    Reagan Democrats were, actually, Democrats. Whereas Steele, you know, isn't.

    The MD Democratic Party should make perfectly clear that a vote for Steele is a vote for a Republican majority. Period.

    Want to see accountability and Senate committee oversight? Well, it's not going to happen if Steele is elected. Steele will caucus with Republicans and, by extension, support their policies which have sent this county in the wrong direction.

    'Everybody's born-again these days; if you're not born-again you're dead, you're out of touch, yours is a minority view, you lose.' Barthelme 'Nat.Sel.'

    by jorndorff on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 06:16:52 AM PDT

    •  the ostensible point is (22+ / 0-)

      that "Steele Democrats" would post this sign on their lawns, to show that they were (pathetically fucked-up) Democrats who were choosing Steele. But they mislead. They should say, "Another Democrat for Steele," echoing Ehrlich's sign from the last cycle, which is what they're also claiming they're doing with these.

      -8.38, -7.74 Schadenfreude is a dish best served piping hot.

      by condoleaser on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 06:23:16 AM PDT

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      •  please turn down volume (6+ / 0-)

        and hold off on the vulgar slams.

        these 'steele democrats' are by and large african americans who have voted democratic their whole life and now want to vote for a brother.  like it or not.

        •  any Dem (15+ / 0-)

          who wants to vote for Steele is welcome to.

          Equally, I maintain the right to voice my opinion as to them being pathetically fucked-up for doing so, just as I support your right to post your opinion here. But don't tell me what to say, or how to say it.

          Further, it's beyond pathetic if anyone votes for someone based solely on the color of their skin, while being ignorant of the issues involved.

          -8.38, -7.74 Schadenfreude is a dish best served piping hot.

          by condoleaser on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 06:45:23 AM PDT

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          •  it is more complicated than that (1+ / 0-)
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            it is about maryland politics and the lack of black dem candidates for higher office.

            •  Meh (12+ / 0-)

              What about Anthony Brown? (O'Malley's running mate.) Is he chopped liver?

              'Everybody's born-again these days; if you're not born-again you're dead, you're out of touch, yours is a minority view, you lose.' Barthelme 'Nat.Sel.'

              by jorndorff on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 06:51:29 AM PDT

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              •  thanks (2+ / 0-)
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                so much.

                -8.38, -7.74 Schadenfreude is a dish best served piping hot.

                by condoleaser on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 06:53:30 AM PDT

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              •  not chopped liver (0+ / 0-)

                but if elected Brown is going to sit at a desk that currently has a black man in it (Steele).  There is no ground being broken here--the GOP already broke it in 2002.

                On the other hand, we have never had a black senator.

                •  so, let me understand: (8+ / 0-)

                  are you saying that if Steele's implication that he's a Dem gets him enough votes to win, it's all good, because African-Americans will have a black Senator?

                  Or, are you saying it's ok for people to vote for a black man because he's black, regardless of his strong stands that hurt most of us?

                  Or what? What do you think of this tactic?

                  -8.38, -7.74 Schadenfreude is a dish best served piping hot.

                  by condoleaser on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 07:07:49 AM PDT

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                  •  MD Dem Party has a problem (3+ / 1-)
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                    when democrats make signs that proclaim that they are Democrats voting GOP.

                    This is a democratic problem.  Attacking the messenger is not the best approach. And in this case because race is the primary issue at hand attacking the messenger (ie voter) is really stupid.

                    Instead maybe we need to figure out how to get dems to vote for dems.  

                    •  Dems did not make this sign (5+ / 0-)

                      as you implied here

                      when democrats make signs that proclaim that they are Democrats voting GOP.

                      and there are always a few morons around in any group. Just as always, there are people on both sides of most races who support the opposing party's candidate.

                      This is a case of a Repub who feels, rightly, that he has to, somehow, distance himself from the failed Repubs, and has chosen a lying, misleading, slimy way to do it. I'm calling him on it.

                      What are you doing?

                      -8.38, -7.74 Schadenfreude is a dish best served piping hot.

                      by condoleaser on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 07:26:53 AM PDT

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                      •  you are right (2+ / 0-)
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                        Repubs made the sign and handed it to a registered Dem to hold....suggesting that she will vote for Steele.

                        that is my read...not that Steele is pretending to be a Dem.  but i could be wrong.

                        •  Steele has stolen the Democratic brand (12+ / 0-)

                          because it is politically expedient for him to do so.  He is playing to the lowest common denominator by both lying and bringing people to his side because he is black.  If you vote for someone because of the color of their skin or their gender - well first you are an idiot on a lot of levels - you are engaging in sexism and racism.

                          If I said, "Well I voted for Joe Smith because he is white and a man."  Everyone would scream to high heaven that I was being a racist.

                          If I said, "I voted for Shelly Jones because she is black and a woman."  Way too many people would think that was okay.

                          Steele is a liar.  He has nothing in common with traditional Democratic values of fairness, equality and democracy.  He was born black and now he's workin' that just like Allen is wotkin' the white guy angle, but beauty is only skin deep.

                          This story is disgusting on so many levels.

                          •  you are not from MD right? n't (0+ / 1-)
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                          •  I'm from DC. (5+ / 0-)

                            I understand the racial politics.  We have had our fair share of poseurs here too.

                          •  Democrats, the GOP and black voters (12+ / 0-)

                            As a historian of race and politics, I'd figure I'd weigh in here

                            Since the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, the Democrats have taken black votes for granted, just as the GOP took black votes for granted between the passage of the 15th Amendment and 1936, when black voters en masse turned Lincoln's picture to the wall and voted for FDR's New Deal.  To understand the impact of this, imagine the entire black electorate today - millions of voters - voting for the Republicans while.  Or the entire queer electorate embracing the GOP today.  It was that dramatic.  

                            Two things paved the way for this dramatic partisan shift.  The first was that the federal government became a crucial (though flawed) ally in local fights for racial justice.  Some of the advocates of small government (or state's rights) sought to keep the Federal Government out of the cozy relationship of racial domination that many whites enjoyed in their hometowns.  When the New Deal began to deliver the goods to black Americans and helped to equalize the power between white and black Americans, black voters responded enthusiastically.  The New Deal represented a huge pay raise for many black workers in the North and improved the quality of life for black Americans generally.  The New Deal failed black Americans in a lot of ways, but I won't go into that right now.

                            The second thing that happened involved the NAACP.  In 1930, Hoover nominated an anti-union and anti-black NC judge named John J. Parker to the Supreme Court.  The combined forces of the NAACP and the AFL were able to defeat the Parker nomination.  Following this victory, Walter White (the executive secretary of the NAACP) vowed that he wold defeat every Republican Senator who voted for Parker.

                            In 1930, the NAACP's efforts helped defeat Republican Senators Allen (KS) and McCulloch (OH) and Grundy (PA).  In 1931, Sen Baird of NJ retired to run for governor and the NAACP mobilized the black voters of the Garden State to defeat him.  1932 saw the fall of Watson (IN), and Shortridge (CA).  Two years later, the NAACP contributed to the defeat of Kean (NJ), Fess (OH), Hatfield (WV), Patterson (MO), Reed (PA), and Townsend (DE).  To be fair, these last elections were part of the midterm sweep of anti-New Deal Republicans from office.  However, the broader point was that each of these Senators had previously enjoyed the deep and broad support of their black constituencies.

                            The GOP did not get the lesson and refused to campaign for civil rights initiatives.  The Democrats, hamstrung by their Southern wing did not either, but they did support the expansion of the powers and scope of the Federal Government.  In acting against the GOP Senators so vigorously, the NAACP demonstrated that the black vote was something to be feared.  As a result, the NAACP won the inclusion of African Americans into the New Deal coalition and the extension of the benefits of the welfare state to black communities.

                            The lessons here for today I think are that the Democrats should not take black voters for granted.  Not one party is taking seriously the issues of felony disfranchisement, the discriminatory administration of the war on drugs, the defunding of public education, or the endless assault on the welfare state that proved the Federal Government could be a real ally to African Americans in their fight against the enduring economic and social legacies of white supremacy.  Instead, the Democrats have played to the GOP base (white middle class suburbanites) and ignored their own (which includes black voters in MD).  This tactic has been pioneered by Clinton, Lieberman and the rest of the DLC.  I desperately want to see a Democratic Congress, but if Steele wins in MD, it will deliver a message to the Democrats to take the black vote more seriously than it has so far.  We Democrats have a responsibility to heed this warning if we want to win.  

                        •  Troll or moron, your choice (1+ / 0-)
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                          Sorry to be blunt. But your defense of Steele and this tactic smack of astro-turf trollism. Or you're just not very bright (sorry). The blacks/african americans/people of color that I know aren't so easily duped (they're constantly screwed, but not so easily duped).

                          Hope your IP address is randomly generated. Otherwise, we'll probably track you to the campaign headquarters of a Republican affiliated campaign entity.

                          Apologies in advance if you're just misguided.

                          I personally don't vote for people based on their color and think anyone who does is misguided. That being said, I truly believe diversity in all its guises is a good thing.

                          signed, an ex-constituent, middle class white male, Missourian, and proud supporter of Bill Clay (senior) who was a REAL Democrat. Currently "represented" by Jim Talent, Kit Bond, and Todd Akin (all apparently unabashed proud Republicans to my chagrin).

                          Feel free to look up Bill Clay Senior. Proud. Black. Democrat (for real). Nothing wrong with that at all.

                          (Missouri 2nd Congressional District)

                          The Universe is a big place ... perhaps the biggest. -Kilgore Trout

                          by fugitive on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 08:57:35 AM PDT

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                          •  In HUGE defense of baltimoremom (7+ / 0-)

                            she is absolutely, categorically NOT a troll. And she's not defending the tactic, just interpreting it.

                            And I just showed the above picture to a committed Democratic African American woman in my office, and while she is appalled by the picture, she thinks Steele is going to win. She supports Cardin, and I haven't done any informal poll in this office, but while the majority of people here were adamantly opposed to Bush, the reaction is different when you bring up Rice, completely. And I'm sure it will be a big difference if Steele is brought up.

                            Even the person I talked to, when I said that Steele will march in lockstep with the Republicans, was a bit surprised about that.

                            We're in trouble. Big time. BIIIG time.

                            And, BTW, Michael Mfume (Kwiesi's son) was interviewed at the meeting that is cited by the Sun article. He's supporting Steele. Not the party, but Steele.

                            We're in big trouble.

                            Back at all you folks (not you, fugitive) who said Mfume was going to be a target for Republicans because of his past. Cardin's election is not going to be the cakewalk you thought it would be.

                          •  Yeah it isn't (2+ / 0-)
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                            Xeno of Elia, condoleaser

                            And it is a shame that MFume is being bitter like this. MFume is putting his own pettiness ahead of the greater good. His son is making a mistake in voting for Steele.

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                            by jiacinto on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 09:37:45 AM PDT

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                          •  READ the comment (3+ / 0-)
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                            baltimoremom, ademption, condoleaser

                            Michael, not Kwiesi.

                            How in the world do you know what is going on with Mfume? Did you think that maybe the state party is keeping him bottled up? I don't know that, but it's one possible scenario, and it wouldn't surprise me.

                            You were one of those who said a Cardin election would be a fait accompli.

                            You were one who kept coming out and saying Mfume's past would be the biggest problem.

                            Now you want to get on Mfume for 'being bitter?' For not being a gung-ho cheerleader for Cardin (and who's to say he's not?)

                            You didn't want him for himself and now you want to get on his case for not supporting your guy?

                            And you're not even in Maryland.


                          •  I grew up in Montgomery County (0+ / 0-)

                            I live in DC. I can't vote in MD, but I lived there for all of my childhood.

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                            by jiacinto on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 09:54:23 AM PDT

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                          •  it's bad form, and petty (0+ / 0-)

                            to not support your party's nominee if you lose a primary (case in point, see lieberman, joseph i.). i have been given no reason to believe that mfume has not been supportive of cardin, but if he's not than it is absolutely legitimate to be on his case about it. Not because he should be supporting your's or the other person's 'guy', but because he should be supporting his party's nominee.

                            and since when does someone have to live in a state to have an opinion.

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                            by bnanaman on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 02:27:44 PM PDT

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                          •  As was diaried on this site (0+ / 0-)

                            (my computer is acting way too slow now for me to find the link) Mfume came out with a clear statement of support for Cardin after the primary. Why he's not been involved more to date I don't know, but even Cardin himself has been very quiet. I have no reason to think Kwiesi Mfume is not supporting Cardin, however.

                            And you don't have to live in a state to have an opinion.

                          •  BTW, like your tag line (0+ / 0-)

                            it's one of my favorite bumper stickers.

                          •  please don't start blaming Mfume for this (0+ / 0-)
                          •  For the record (5+ / 0-)

                            I never said it would be a cakewalk.  I have predicted this was going to be a tough race from the start, and that no matter which candidate we chose, there was going to be poison.

                            We always act surprised when we choose a candidate and the Republicans attack, as if we forge they'd be doing the exact same things no matter who we chose.

                            Stephanie Dray
                            of Jousting for Justice, a lefty blog with a Maryland tilt.

                            by stephdray on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 12:41:53 PM PDT

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                          •  What is the (0+ / 0-)

                            point of going on and on about "The wrong guy won?"  It's over.  If you care who wins in the general, stop winging over the last election and get on board for the next one.

                          •  Never, ever said (0+ / 0-)

                            'the wrong guy won.' Find me one place I said that.

                            I support Cardin wholeheartedly and without any reservation. If you so choose, go back through my comment history and see what I've said about Cardin. I had a hard, hard time deciding because I liked both candidates, and voted for one, not against another.

                            I am totally on board, am about to make significant donations to both O'M and Cardin, and will work for both. I intend to get big signs for the front of my house, a major road in Baltimore. So get off my back.

                            My point was that there were any of a number of people on this site who kept saying Mfume's past would be a big issue (undoubtedly) and that Cardin would have an easier time. Obviously the latter part of that is not going to be true. And the DSCC will have to step in.

                            Republicans play dirty, and they play for keeps. It's a war to them. We can't keep responding with old school politics. I want the Cardin campaign to come out swinging, but they're in a very difficult place. Wish I knew what the best answer is, but sitting quietly, IMO, is not it.

                          •  Woah, out of line (3+ / 0-)
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                            I don't agree with baltimoremom a lot of the time.  We spar on Maryland politics a lot.

                            But this lady is no troll, and a thoughtful, active citizen.  Her perspective is informed and her heart is always in the right place.

                            So, back up, buddy.  Seriously.

                            Stephanie Dray
                            of Jousting for Justice, a lefty blog with a Maryland tilt.

                            by stephdray on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 12:39:38 PM PDT

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                          •  No, she isn't (2+ / 0-)
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                            She's been a regular participant in the discussion on Maryland politics.  There's room for people to disagree without being trolls.  

                      •  In the last Governor's race (1+ / 0-)
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                        there were probably thousands of cars running around with "Another Democrat for Ehrlich" on their bumpers.

                        And I am, frankly, quite worried about all the Ehrlick signs in my neighborhood, including on lawns that have had, or still do have, other Democratic candidate's signs.

                        It's not an issue related to Steele alone, although the signs you focus on in your diary are more deceptive.

                        The meeting was of prominent black Dems who are supporting Steele. I think these signs were, probably, made by Democrats, not by Republicans.

                •  Congratulations (5+ / 0-)

                   You'll pay more in regressive taxes, your kids will be shipped off to more wars overseas, the deficit will burst and kill our economy, you'll lose your Social Security and Medicare, you'll get arrested without trial for importing drugs from Canada, your job will be outsourced to Indonesia.

                  But hey, if that's all worth having a black senator, knock yourself out.

                  "Le ciel est bleu, l'enfer est rouge."

                  by Buzzer on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 07:22:19 AM PDT

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                •  How many have? (2+ / 0-)
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                  That isn't just Maryland.  And just because we don't doesn't mean we should consider Steele as a choice for Senate.

                  I really think this is a media sponsored issue.  Here in MoCo nobody takes Steele seriously.  Worked a parade for Ike and Steele came up, shook my hand, and said what a great friend he was of Ike's.  As if.  Ike gets along with everyone but I highly doubt he'd consider Steele a best bud.

                •  Neither have 47 other states. (2+ / 0-)
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              •  Not chopped liver at all, but . . . (4+ / 0-)

                When Boss Hoyer comes out and says that when Steele ran for LG in 2002, it didn't really mean the Republicans were running an African American (since the Gov candidate picks the LG candidate), it really undercuts the argument.

                I worked hard in the primary for Mfume, and I gotta tell you that a LOT of African-American voters told us some variation of "I'm voting for your guy and I hope he wins, but if not, I want ONE."

                Be afraid, be very afraid, for this seat in Movember.

                You can get pretty far with a lie. But you can never get back.

                by privatewl on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 08:05:06 AM PDT

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                •  I'm afraid, but not of the candidate (1+ / 0-)
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                  I'm afraid that a whole lot of African Americans are going to be disenfranchised in Baltimore because no one is thinking about the problem of getting Republican judges to man the polls in poor areas.

                  So let's say they solve the problem for the General that they had in the Primaries.

                  What about all those disenfranchised primary voters?  Do you think they'll return?

                  The dems have some problems, but they have a whole lot more to do with the mechanics of GOTV, voting itself and voter enfranchisement than they do with the candidates.

                  If African-American voters were such a strong bloc, wouldn't we have all black candidates for Mayor of Baltimore, like we do PG County executive?

                  •  In 1999, there were three candidates for mayor (1+ / 0-)
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                    two of whom were black, Carl Stokes and Lawrence Bell. Bell was president of city council and very popular at the time; Stokes was a long-term rep on City Council. O'Malley, who has always been charismatic (I've been following him since he was also on City Council) was the third, and while he did get some prominent African American endorsements (notably BUILD and Frank Reid) he also benefitted from the opposition to him being split between the other two. When he ran for re-election, he had no credible opposition.

                    Almost assuredly, the next mayor of Baltimore (not talking about Dixon) will be black, although the demographic shifts that have occurred in the city with the new, expensive waterfront homes on the east side and the demolition of many of the old high-rises could play and interesting role.

                    •  C'mon, stitch, figures don't lie (1+ / 0-)
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                      O'Malley ... benefitted from the opposition to him being split between the other two.

                      Let's look at the official 1999 primary tallies, hm?

                      BALTIMORE CITY, MARYLAND
                      ELECTION RETURNS
                      PRIMARY ELECTION
                      SEPTEMBER 14, 1999

                      DEMOCRATIC PARTY

                      Lawrence Bell   --  20,034 (17.0%)
                      Carl Stokes     --  32,609 (27.7%)
                      Martin O'Malley --  62,711 (53.2%)
                      Total votes     -- 117,798

                      IOW Martin O'Malley won that primary with a clear majority.  So it's utterly unfair and misleading to imply that he only won because the AA vote was split.  Give the guy the benefit of the truth, ok?

                      May I bow to Necessity not/ To her hirelings (W. S. Merwin)

                      by Uncle Cosmo on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 02:12:11 PM PDT

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                      •  Already mea culpa'ed to your other response to me (0+ / 0-)

                        and mea culpa again.

                        FWIW, I am an O'Malley supporter and have been since he was in City Council. Loved listening to him on Steiner long before he was mayor, and I think he's been fantastic as mayor.

                        I truly apologize.

                        •  Sorry, didn't mean to pile on (1+ / 0-)
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                          I saw this post first, & then when I saw the other...  We've both seen enough of the current (mis)Administrations hijinks to know in our bones how anything that gets repeated often enough becomes "conventional whizzdumb" whether or not it's true.  Especially if it sounds plausible.  Let's admit it, the real news of that campaign was the willingness of so many of Baltimore's African-Americans to put their trust in a white guy to start the city's long hard pull out of the bog.  I was so proud to be a Baltimoron then--it showed such tremendous maturity on the part of our fellow citizens...(And BTW it breaks my heart now to hear folks talking about skin color as if it were the most important, and for some the only important issue in the Senatorial race.)

                          And I guess I'm a bit protective of Martin--he & I used to argue politics in the breaks when Shannon Tide was playing McGinn's & he was the lead singer (yeah, that long ago!) & I consider him a friend as well as a gifted politician.

                          Peace, & let's bust our butts for a Democratic sweep in November!

                          May I bow to Necessity not/ To her hirelings (W. S. Merwin)

                          by Uncle Cosmo on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 04:30:20 PM PDT

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                          •  Unfortunately, I never got to see him play (0+ / 0-)

                            had small children when he was most active and either finding a babysitter or going into smoky bars and restaurants didn't work out.

                            As for your comments on the race issue, ever since I first heard the story on the radio about Steele's meeting yesterday, and then reading these diaries today, well, I have just a sick, sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. I want and wish that this wasn't the main issue of this election. It's so damned divisive. And then it absolutely kills me to think (I'm really hate saying this) that I hope Steele's racial ploys backfire in other areas of the state with white voters, not because I'm a racist but because we cannot afford to lose this seat.

                            And I'm just pissed as hell that this situation and Rove and his ilk are forcing me to think that way. It's just plain disgusting.

                            I just pray for a healing after this is all over with.

                            Thanks for your comment, peace to you.

            •  yes, it's complicated (3+ / 0-)
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              and yes, there's a dearth of black viable candidates for many spots...but this diary, and this issue, is sharply focused on a specific, reprehensible tactic that should not be ignored.

              -8.38, -7.74 Schadenfreude is a dish best served piping hot.

              by condoleaser on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 06:54:51 AM PDT

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            •  I would have been more than happy... (3+ / 0-)

              to vote for Mfume if he hadn't had all that baggage that Bush-*Rove*-Steele would have happily opened up and whacked him with.  

              I wouldn't believe Bush if his tongue became notarized (h/t to shanti2)

              by billlaurelMD on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 07:47:20 AM PDT

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              •  its history now (4+ / 0-)

                the big rove guns are coming out of the closet and aimed at cardin.  we need to figure out how to help cardin and quick.

              •  well, they're laughing now (5+ / 0-)

                I've said it before, this action was well-planned. If you thought Cardin was going to be a cakewalk, you're seeing what was the truth.

                I was talking to someone last night who was concerned at the MPT debate when Mfume, in response to a question about why someone should vote for him over Cardin, said that "the race issue will be taken off the table."

                And you know what? Mfume was absolutely right. In most terms, there was no substantial difference between Cardin and Mfume on policy issues. If Mfume had won, sure the Republicans would have brought up his history, but he's fought that one before.

                Now, you see the alternate Rovian plan. This is no cakewalk.

                •  And the sexual issues would be put on the table (3+ / 0-)

                  We are kidding ourselves if we think we have any magic candidates in this party.  We have to win the old fashioned way.

                  There was no way this race was going to be easy with either candidate.  Period.

                  Stephanie Dray
                  of Jousting for Justice, a lefty blog with a Maryland tilt.

                  by stephdray on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 12:44:07 PM PDT

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                  •  You may not have, but there were some (3+ / 0-)
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                    the argument went along the lines of "if Mfume wins, those issues will be on the table, and the DSCC will have to put money in that could go to Webb or elsewhere." That was the reason that some people gave for why 'intelligent people' should not vote for Mfume. For some posters (the most vocal of whom were not even from Maryland! and are not in this diary) it got quite ugly.

                    This race had a Rovian target on it from the beginning. You are right, it was never going to be easy.

                    Here's my take, though: while the sexual isssues would have come up, Mfume has dealt with that before and would have dealt with it again. How successful he would have been, we'll never know. But he would have been able to hammer at the issues, hammer at the issues, hammer at the issues, and would not have been at risk of being portrayed as a 'white bully' for doing it. As Cardin is potentially at risk for. And Steele loses on issues, period.

                    And my other concern is that the Cardin campaign is caught blindsided by this tactic and don't have a way of responding to it. I sure hope I'm wrong, I really, really do.

                    •  But this is the big leagues now (1+ / 0-)
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                      while the sexual isssues would have come up, Mfume has dealt with that before and would have dealt with it again.

                      What kind of opposition did Mfume have from Republicans in the City Council or the 7th Congressional District?  If any Republican even ran, it was token opposition.

                      The same has been true for all these 20 years Ben Cardin has been in Congress.

                      Neither Mfume nor Cardin ever had to face Karl Rove and tens of millions of dollars of crap coming at him.  Neither has ever fought a closely matched election against a Republican.  No matter who the candidate - Rove and his dirtballs were ready.

                      "Great men do not commit murder. Great nations do not start wars." William Jennings Bryan

                      by Navy Vet Terp on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 01:44:11 PM PDT

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                •  he was right about the *race* issue.... (1+ / 0-)
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                  sure.  But I never really though this WOULD be a cakewalk.  We're going to have to work hard and expose the truth about Steele-Bush-Rove.

                  I wouldn't believe Bush if his tongue became notarized (h/t to shanti2)

                  by billlaurelMD on Sat Sep 23, 2006 at 06:13:29 AM PDT

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            •  I just voted for two (and they won) (2+ / 0-)
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              in this last election.

              I now live in the second county that is headed up by an African American executive.

              And I'm represented by one in council too.

        •  ok, so (6+ / 0-)

          it's just like HRC supporting lieberman.  they've supported him in the past, and he says he'll look out for the interests of the community.  but his actions belie his words.  lieberman votes for judges who want to outlaw gay marriage.  steele's entire resume has been out-and-out war against the interests of working-class people, the very people he's trying to dupe.  indefensible.  he's scum, pure and simple.

          it's a round world, last time i checked. - bill hicks (-8.00, -7.18)

          by liberalsouth on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 06:47:16 AM PDT

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        •  They Want to Vote for a Brother (4+ / 0-)

          who will vote for a Republican Senate majority leader, who will try to take away all of their civil rights.  Really, what's so wrong with that?

          •  it doesn't make sense (0+ / 0-)

            and yet again it does.

          •  Here's the key: Make him look like Blackwell (1+ / 0-)
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            who isn't fooling anyone in Ohio.

            Tie him to the dienfranchisment machine going on in Annapolis (lack of Republican poll judges in Baltimore during primary....anyone for tin foil?)

            Ask him how he feels about the war in Iraq.  Will it be business as usual?  Can we get our National Guard back home?  

            Health care, jobs, bankruptcy's the GOP platform which has been damaging to African Americans.  How will he be different?

            Ask him where Darfur is.  How will he be different?

            Ask him how he feels about torture.  How will he be different?

        •  Where's Anthony Brown? (3+ / 0-)

          If they want to vote for a brother, they can pull the lever for Lt. Governor Anthony Brown.

          As much of a dick and possibly defeated incumbent he is, Al Wynn should step up for his party here in PG.  So should Mfume and Anthony Brown, to show black voters that the race is not about race but about issues.

          Political compass: 0.0, -4.92

          by freedc on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 11:37:08 AM PDT

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          •  Ike Leggett is lending Cardin his full support. (2+ / 0-)
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            And Ike did his share of Civil Rights work back in the day.

          •  Didn't Sharon in MD post about Wynn (0+ / 0-)

            that at one of his rallies, he had people handing out Steele literature?

            Where does Wynn really stand?

            •  If you find evidence (0+ / 0-)

              of this I'd so surely like to see it.  But I want evidence before raising a stink.

              •  I couldn't find a dKos link (0+ / 0-)

                and it was only a remote tickle in the back of my tiny mind, but I found this link:

                and direct you to this comment:

                Why does Michael Steele go to all of Albert Wynn's fundraisers? And why did Wynn allow Steele supporters wearing Steele 06 t-shirts to hand out literature at his latest Crabfest fundraiser. And why he let his thugs accost and threaten us in the parking lot of PGCC for handing out Donna Edwards lit? What is he afraid of? The Truth about his record and his contributions?
                Al Wynn is no more than a "Soprano" in Congressional clothes. It's time we do some heavy "house" cleaning...

                IIRC, what I read had to do with the blowup that was diaried on dKos (although perhaps not by Sharon in MD) about the blowup at one of Wynn's fundraisers back in August.

                Now, on the other hand, if clear support of Cardin by Wynn can be demonstrated, I will admit I'm wrong.

                But there has been a link between Wynn and Steele. Some would say they have the same base, as was seen in the comments in the above WaPo link.

        •  I'm Sorry (0+ / 0-)

          But suggesting that black Maryland Democrats are so stupid that they'll vote for Steele just because he's black is about as vulgar as anything I've seen in this thread.  

          I agree with you wholeheartedly that Steele is a threat, and that it would be criminal for our party to lose this seat.

          Cardin obviously needs to get to work, and it would be really helpful if Mfume got to work with him.  I don't think that's going to be a problem in the long run of this election.

          Combatting Mike Steele's vulgar lies is.

  •  I am so SICK of this bullshit (23+ / 0-)

    Front-page this mother fucker.

    Oh yeah, and I recommended it.

    Phillybits - A Showcase Of Political News And Thought

    by Stand Strong on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 06:17:07 AM PDT

  •  I'm enjoying his despearation (15+ / 0-)

    Yesterday, the Republicans put out a radio ad saying that Democrats are the party of the Klan.  Today, Steele is trying to present himself as a Democrat.  And all of this is a part of trying to portray himself as a honest independent politician.  This is just too much fun!!

    •  not worried? (3+ / 0-)

      his poll numbers are good, he is getting loads of free press, he has a feel good ad that everyone likes and is playing 5-10 times a day in DC suburbs, he has jumped out ahead of cardin in the pr game, cardin's campaign hasn't gotten off the ground yet, cardin's campaign has yet to demonstrate anything of substance, and then there is mfume's son....i am not worried but its going to be one heck of a race.

      •  Steele is too inept for this to happen (2+ / 0-)
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        Everytime Steele opens his mouth he sticks his foot in.  I've been watching him since his first election.  When he is off script he sounds okay to start with, but after a few minutes he sounds seriously crazy.  He will have to go off script for this race and that will be the death knell of him.  The stem cell comment is only the beginning.  While I agree that Cardin is no great campaigner, it won't take one to defeat Steele.  

        The Survey USA poll showed it close.  But, that poll was widely variable and off base for the primary and all other polls show Cardin's lead widening.

        Steele is no threat.

        •  This hurts the MD Dem Party (0+ / 0-)

          even if they win they lose.

          •  You seem to be all about race (3+ / 0-)
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            How about Bush-Steele's lies and full support from Bush, Rove, and Cheney?  Why is the color of Bush-Steele's skin so important to you?

            Ben Cardin will stand up to Dictator George and his minions who have ruined our country, while Bush-Steele will be a guaranteed vote for Bush, just like Clarence Thomas.

            •  Your race? (2+ / 0-)
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              What race are you? I'm a caucasin (sp). I don't come into contact with many African-Americans. I read baltimoremom's comments here and elsewhere in this diary as a warning to MD dems to stop ignoring race. Pay attention to race. Pay attention to issues that matter in the African American community.

              The churches, IIRC, are the largest and best organizer of AA votes. Many of them align with some GOP issues. If the church leaders say "Hey, maybe that Steele guy will keep the gays in order" it goes to the rest of the flock. Remember that 'faith based initiatives' were started largely in part to get Black religious voters.

              baltimoremom has made it clear that she won't be voting for Steele, but perhaps she is paying attention to various rumbles in the AA community.

            •  This race is ALL ABOUT RACE, now! (3+ / 0-)
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              I've been saying this for months.

              I don't know if you're in Baltimore City or not, but I am. And like it or not, here's the elephant in the room: politics in Baltimore City is all about race. Period. End of story. Kurt Schmoke's campaign in 1995 put it in full focus. That O'Malley won in 1999 was due to the fact that the vote against him was split by two well-known and popular (at the time) opponents.

              Call me a racist; I know I'm not. But if we don't acknowledge the role that racial issues play in many areas, and particularly in Maryland, as Democrats we're just sunk. Period.

              And I sure as hell hope that this whole situation wakes the state party up to realize that they cannot just take African Americans for granted anymore.

              •  Again (0+ / 0-)

                And if MFume won the nomination Steele would have run ads about his tenure at the NAACP.

       For DC related travel advice, please visit that link.

                by jiacinto on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 09:42:34 AM PDT

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                •  Probably so (0+ / 0-)

                  but, as Mfume said, race would have been off the table, and they would have had to deal with the issues. Mfume has faced serious criticism about his past before. I doubt Cardin has ever faced an issue like this.

                  Steele dies on the issues. He won't raise them, he'll dodge them. Mfume would have forced him on the issues. Can Cardin? He risks looking like a bully, a know-it-all, and it could backfire.

                  Either way, this was going to be a tough, ugly race. The point is, well two:

                  1. A Cardin win, despite what several people on this site argued (including you, IIRC) was never going to guarantee an easy win, and
                  1. Ignoring race as an issue is not going to make the issue go away.
              •  PLEASE stop perpetrating the falsehood (1+ / 0-)
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                that O'Malley won in 1999 because "the black vote was split."  MOM won 53.2% of the vote in the Democratic primary that year.  That's a clear majority.

                May I bow to Necessity not/ To her hirelings (W. S. Merwin)

                by Uncle Cosmo on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 02:17:25 PM PDT

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              •  Keep on saying it (0+ / 0-)

                all you want but that doesn't make you right.  It is obviously all about race for a few people but they do not represent more than a teeny corner of the state.  Your insistance that Baltimore city politics or any other part of this is just a throwback.  Just because YOU are obsessed with race doesn't mean everybody is.  

                Your argument boils down to "See it my way or we are lost."   I have no idea why you think you are so much more precient than everybody else, but I seriously doubt your omnipotence.

          •  Concern troll? (5+ / 0-)

            You are seriously starting to worry me.  

            So concerned about imaginary racial comments, so concerned about Cardin running a poor campaign, so much praise for Steele (because he's black?), and now such concern for the MD Dem party.  Hmmm.

            "But your flag decal won't get you into heaven anymore"--Prine Pay attention Georgie - 2670+ dead Americans. Jesus Christ, make it stop already.

            by Miss Blue on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 07:22:51 AM PDT

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          •  I'm afraid you've got your Baltimore goggles on. (3+ / 0-)

            Take them off and you'll clearly see the rest of the state.

            You don't have to travel too far to see that THE TWO LARGEST, MOST POPULATED COUNTIES ARE NOW HEADED UP BY AFRICAN AMERICANS.

            And the rest of the state could give a damn.

        •  ask him what he thinks... (3+ / 0-)

          about the bill just passed requiring voters to demonstrate US citizenship, a.k.a. illigal poll tax.

          I wouldn't believe Bush if his tongue became notarized (h/t to shanti2)

          by billlaurelMD on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 07:43:16 AM PDT

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    •  That explains it! (5+ / 0-)

      Wait... I've got it now!

      • First Steele says that Democrats are the party of the Klan...
      • Then Steele tries to present himself as a Democrat...

      He's just playing to the base! And he's sure to capture this demographic, at least!

  •  hmm (8+ / 0-)

    If you cant beat them join them?
    If you cant win on policy lie till November?
    "This was a mistake made by my friends at Democrats for Steele, and I had no part in these signs.  I apologize on their behalf for any confusion."

    by Blue South on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 06:24:30 AM PDT

  •  repubs can't win as republicans (5+ / 0-)

    Here in New york, Jeanine Pirro, the right wing candidate for attorney general, ran an ad which stated, "Like Elliott Spitzer"

    Spitzer is the shoo in, soon to be governor of New York.  Spitzer is also a Democrat.

    Maybe we can take some solace in the fact that conservatives know they can't win by telling people they are conservatives.

    •  Didn't she originally try to run against HRC? (0+ / 0-)

      And IIRC, the only tag line the guy who ran against HRC 6 years ago was "I am not Hillary Rodham Clinton." Got him far, huh.

      Republican is a dirty word in many parts this year. Everyone wants to be like the Dems, but they don't want to be Dems. Huh?

  •  like i said (5+ / 0-)

    in C&J, Uncle Tom Mikey Steele...all the way.

    really insulted by this. Does he think that we are stupid?!

    If you think "It Can't Happen Here", you're deluding yourself and you're part of the problem!

    by terrypinder on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 06:34:44 AM PDT

  •  Make it an issue that he's ashamed (18+ / 0-)

    Why can't the Dems in MD make it an issue that he is ashamed to be a Republican?  

    I've seen his ads in MD.  They try to make him seem like a good guy that is as frustrated with the mess in DC as the rest of us.  Never mentions his party.  He is presenting himself as an independent voice.

    Let's see some hard hitting ads highlighting Repub failed policies then voice over no wonder Steele won't admit that is he one of them.  

    I also like the idea mentioned earlier of an ad that flat out says that a vote for Steele is a vote for more of the same Republican policies.

    Also, wouldn't hurt to mention that if he is such an outsider why was Karl Rove at his $1000/person fundraiser in July 2005?

  •  He knows... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...that he can't win by being honest, so he lies instead.  Is Murphy sure he doesn't embrace Bush's vision of America?

    We will appoint as...officials, only men that know the law of the realm and are minded to keep it well. -- Magna Carta, #46 (-6.25, -7.18)

    by DH from MD on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 06:38:08 AM PDT

  •  Do you think (3+ / 0-)
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    and make people think..."wow! here's a Democrat who's a brother - we need him in the Senate!

    black people are stupid?

  •  i don't usually say things like this, but: (11+ / 0-)

    fuck michael steele and his lying, sleazeball faux populism.  fuck him and his people for their total and complete race-baiting, lying race-baiting at that.  how fucking dare they.  as bad as george allen is, we should turn our ire on this guy just as hard.  

    no matter what race you happen to be, racism is still racism.

    it's a round world, last time i checked. - bill hicks (-8.00, -7.18)

    by liberalsouth on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 06:44:16 AM PDT

  •  He's Reaching Out to Mfume Voters... (13+ / 0-)

    ...who may be willing to consider voting for Steele but don't want to be associated with the Republicans. In New York, Republicans like Mike Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani will run on a third party line as well as the Republican line so that voters can vote for them without pulling the GOP lever.  The sum of the votes for the candidate on all lines are tallied for the total. Apparently, Maryland does not allow this option.  It's not a move of deperation for Steele because at least one poll has him with a lead.  The past week's events show that Steele is controlling the agenda of this campaign and the Cardin camp has pretty much been reactive.  Unless the Dems go on the offensive, and quick, this seat that was supposed to safe is up for grabs.

  •  What I'd like to know is... (9+ / 0-)

    are there any high profile Democrats who are supporting Steele, and this nonsense?

    The State Central Committee passed a bylaw back in June indicating that if there were Democrats who supported anyone from another party, they get kicked out of their position.

    It was done specifically to address the "Ehrlich Democrat" problem from 2002.

    If that's the case, they need to be taken to task...NOW.

    We are a party of innovation...We are willing to suffer the discomfort of change in order to achieve a better future. --Barbara Jordan

    by wmtriallawyer on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 06:52:46 AM PDT

  •  Stop Whining! (1+ / 0-)
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    Ohmigod, people.  If this makes you mad, work harder!  It's not like he's saying something awful about Ben or whatever.  Jeez....  No wonder voters think we are wimps.

  •  great history piece (3+ / 0-)
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    Steve Gilliard has great history essay on Repugs & Dems switching places on civil rights.

    DrSteveB "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." PK Dick

    by DrSteveB on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 06:58:20 AM PDT

  •  This is great to tell voters around the country! (2+ / 0-)
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  •  You're Missing the Point (6+ / 0-)

    A Republican is saying he's a Democrat! If that's what they think he needs to win this year, we're going to have a landslide in November.

    The glass is 2/3rds empty, and the last third is usually backwash.

    by iowabosox on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 07:10:19 AM PDT

    •  i thought the sign said (0+ / 0-)

      that a Democrat was voting for Steele...

      •  you see what you want (1+ / 0-)
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        read the sign again. It says:



         are you always this way, or are you having a difficult morning...?

        -8.38, -7.74 Schadenfreude is a dish best served piping hot.

        by condoleaser on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 07:59:21 AM PDT

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        •  you are turning into a bully (1+ / 0-)
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          There is a huge sign behind everyone that says Steele Democrats and then there are 6-10 african americans  on stage with steele holding signs that say Steele Democrat.  They are endorsing him as democrats.  We are both right.  But you are a bully.

          •  let's not start (0+ / 0-)

            calling each other names, ok? I wrote a diary about a specific tactic, as a call for action to respond to it, and you have tried to hijack the diary with of-topic, obfuscatory nattering about your interpretation of the signs.

            As I said before, if you have something to say about anything, race, MD politics, etc., go write a diary or comment in open threads...but stop trying to change what it says on these STEELE DEMOCRAT lawn signs...they just say STEELE DEMOCRAT.

            I know that these are alleged Dems holding them, and that they are being presented as being "innocent" signs of "Democrats for Steele." I also know that it's Rovian bullshit, and this is my calling them on it.

            As for my "bullying," I held off as long as I could, even after you accused me of being a fucking racist, and when I called you on it, you had no reply.

            Now, go away.

            -8.38, -7.74 Schadenfreude is a dish best served piping hot.

            by condoleaser on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 10:24:40 AM PDT

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    •  exactly (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm still not confident about the "landslide" thing. But if ever there were a sign that the Republican brand name is in trouble, this is it.  Granted, as an African American, Steele might have an incentive to do this any year.  But still, the sheer brazenness of it means he's running far, far away from his own party.

      This is good news.

  •  C'mon now (1+ / 0-)
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    Give people more credit.  Specifically, give black people more credit.  I tend to believe that people will see through these idiotic tactics.

    If the Steele campaign and their supporters are going to rely on the assumption that people are stupid and misinformed, then they are sadly mistaken.  The black community in Maryland is very sophisticated and informed.  Prince Georges County is the most affluent and educated majority black county in the nation.  

    Michael Steele... please don't insult the intelligence of Maryland voters.  

    Why settle for the truth when you can have Truthiness???

    by wintersnowman on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 07:13:02 AM PDT

    •  What country have you been living in? (9+ / 0-)

      I want to share your optimism, but basing it on the idea that we dont have to worry about a republican strategy cause people are "smarter than that" is one reason we keep losing.

      If people voted on facts and their own best interests, this country would be in completely different circumstances. Some voters, a significant amount, vote on their perceptions of emotional issues and repubs take advantage of that.

      I don't feel comfortable dismissing this as stupid or relying on the intelligence of voters. When you press the right buttons, voters of all races, will act in irrational but emotionally satisfying ways.

      We should respond to this threat and come back hard with some fact-based but emotionally resonant material. We don't have the luxury of ignoring emotions and relying on voters to put together the facts for themselves.

      "Blind faith in bad leaders is not patriotism." - Mayor Rocky Anderson

      by geejay on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 07:28:24 AM PDT

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      •  Eggs (3+ / 0-)
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        ackly. True as it gets. Read it again, everyone...this is a great comment!

        -8.38, -7.74 Schadenfreude is a dish best served piping hot.

        by condoleaser on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 08:00:15 AM PDT

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      •  Here's your hard response... (2+ / 0-)
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        davidincleveland, condoleaser

        Michael Steele is not a Democrat, he is a Republican.

        No doubt that voters act on emotions and often don't vote in their "best interests" (as if we know what those are.. but I digress).  

        But the response is simple and has been apart of the Cardin campaign from the beginning...

        "[Steele] was selected by the president, by Bush, to run as the United States senator.  He was recruited by Karl Rove.  He‘s the former chairman of the Maryland Republican Party.

        He supports the president on stem cell research.  He supports the president‘s economic policies.  He supports the president‘s Iraq policy.  I think the people of Maryland are going to understand that they have a choice and their choice is to vote for someone who will be independent and stand up to President Bush."

        Cardin will continue to link Steele to the Republican party and Bush.  He will highlight the fact that he was against the war from the beginning and that Steele would continue to rubber stamp anything Republicans do.  

        For Maryland, a democratic state 2:1, that is an emotional appeal... and not a cheap trick or gimmick... which is what Steele is resorting to here.

        Why settle for the truth when you can have Truthiness???

        by wintersnowman on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 08:22:45 AM PDT

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        •  Most people (1+ / 0-)
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          regardless of race pay far, far, far less attention to politics than we nutcases (I say that affectionately) at dailyKos. Most people don't even know what dailyKos is.

          Most people, regardless of race, know far more about baby Suri than about politics.

          Many people, who simply don't follow politics, may not know that Steele is a Republican. He runs cool ads with cool music that look and sound pretty but, as my son says, "don't say anything." And in particular, they don't say that he's a Republican.

          And there will be some who will assume, and will be aided in their assumptions by these signs, that because Steele is black, well, of course he must be a Democrat.

          Remember Adlai Stevenson. "That's not enough, I need a majority."

          I'm not belittling anyone. People have their priorities. For us here, politics fall into our main priorities. But for all 100K+ who have registered here, we're still a tiny minority in the greater scheme of American voters, not to mention those who are eligible to vote but don't.

    •  My parents live PG County now (3+ / 0-)

      I'll have to ask if these signs have appeared in their development.

      If you think "It Can't Happen Here", you're deluding yourself and you're part of the problem!

      by terrypinder on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 08:59:36 AM PDT

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  •  This diary is not "thin" at all. (6+ / 0-)

    The picture is worth at least a thousand words.  There's a big difference between "thin" and "concise."  I think you did an excellent job with this.

  •  Holy FUCK! (4+ / 0-)

    Russel Simmons endorsed Steele?! Wow,  i never would have suspected Simmons to be such an idiot. I guess money does change everything huh Russel?

    "I don't wanna listen to the fundamentalist preachers anymore!" -Howard Dean

    by astronautagogo on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 07:29:01 AM PDT

    •  No more Def Jam (0+ / 0-)

      purchases for me, god what an ass. So glad he's apart of the tiny handful of americans who have gotten tax breaks from GOP fucking nice for him.

      "I don't wanna listen to the fundamentalist preachers anymore!" -Howard Dean

      by astronautagogo on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 02:40:20 PM PDT

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  •  Shouldn't the sign read (7+ / 0-)

    "STEAL DEMOCRATS"  ??????

    "I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters." - Frank Lloyd Wright

    by AlyoshaKaramazov on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 07:33:26 AM PDT

  •  Reagan Democrats (4+ / 0-)

    I'm pretty sure that the term Reagan Democrat didn't get real play until after the 1984 Pres. election when Mondale lost just about the entire country.  ANd then it was only after hte votes were counted.  People weren't exactly walking around with t-shirts or self-identifying as Reagan Democrats.

    It's up to Cardin to take over the message on this race, expose Steele as an election year Democrat wannabe and a true tool of the Republican right.  Otherwise, we can kiss a safe Democratic Senate seat goodbye.

    Political compass: 0.0, -4.92

    by freedc on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 07:33:30 AM PDT

  •  Freep his YouTube's (2+ / 0-)
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    davidincleveland, condoleaser

    Give all of Steeles ads one star ratings and a comment exposing him:

    "I don't wanna listen to the fundamentalist preachers anymore!" -Howard Dean

    by astronautagogo on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 07:36:34 AM PDT

  •  Between the KKK ads and the puppy dog (2+ / 0-)
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    condoleaser, khereva

    I think this guy is full of shit.  And now with this whole concept to pretend he's a Democrat....this guy has chutzpah to say the least.  What do you want to bet that this guy used to be a used car salesman or one of those guys promoting get rich quick schemes on infomercials.  Here would be one positive of him getting elected to the Senate.  I could stop feeling bad about the fact that my state elected a steroid using, mysoginist, washed up actor to be our governor.

    I would think that all this deliberate misrepresentation would be a turn off.  Then again, I also think that Robert Ehrlich is a complete asshole but apparently his personality sits well with a lot of Maryland voters.  

  •  Taken for granted (4+ / 0-)

     All these African-Americans complaining about being "taken for granted" by the Democratic Party... would they mind being more specific?

     WHAT particular needs of the African-American community, in particular, have the Democrats ignored or failed to address? And how exactly have Republicans filled these needs?

     Housing? Schools? Jobs? Health care? What's the problem?

     Because without specifics, it's nothing but an empty talking point advanced by those with an agenda.

    "Le ciel est bleu, l'enfer est rouge."

    by Buzzer on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 07:40:33 AM PDT

    •  Fewer Black People See Issues as Dem vs. GOP... (6+ / 0-)

      ...but whether the status quo in either party is responsive to the needs and aspirations of the community.  There are 40 Democratic members of the CBC and many of them have been around a long time and represent areas that don't have high quality housing, education and health care that is affordable.

      Michael Steele's entire schtick is that he is a "different kind of Republican."  Well, that may be b.s. to you and me, but he is packaging himself as a break from the status quo.  The Democrats are offering Cardin as "your father's Democrat," and many believe that standard is woefully lacking as far as the needs of today.  Steele is aware of this dynamic moreso than most people who post here and is taking advantage to speak to voters a Republican normally wouldn't be able to reach.  

      •  "voters" who don't actually vote! (0+ / 0-)

        The older voters that you casually dismiss are the most reliable voters in Maryland and across the US.  They see right through Bush-Steele and will actually persevere and vote on election day or by absentee ballot.

        How many of the hip-hop crowd that Bush-Steele is courting will actually vote?

        And how about those black people, they seem like the smartest in the entire country, Bush's approval rating is about 5% in the black community, within the margin of error!  (Colbert report?)

        •  I'm Not Casually Dismissing Anyone (2+ / 0-)
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          ademption, stitchmd

          Republican NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg won a majority of the African-American vote last year against a Democratic candidate who was supported by all the party bosses.  I believe Republican Mayor Riordan got a majority of the African-American vote in L.A. in his elections.  You may consider municipal elections to be different or say that these are 'liberal' Republicans but the point is that the way a candidate is packaged can result in significant ticket splitting, even among the most loyal Democrats.

        •  witness the "black" middle-class (0+ / 0-)

          they are actually "white". then ask yourself how many single, head of HH and how many felons and how many imprisoned are "black"?

          the remainder is post-black. the war against poverty is OVER. since carter's admin.

          NEXT! ....

          Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

          by MarketTrustee on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 01:05:33 PM PDT

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    •  Nominating candidates (0+ / 0-)

      That is the biggest stickler, obviously. Karl Rove was way ahead on this one. They analyzed the results of the 2000 election and AA was the most unacceptable demographic, so they came out with the whole court-the-black vote thing starting in 2002. That was the year Ehrlich picked Steele for lt. governor. Then in 2004 they ran Herman Gain in Georgia, but this year was the big offensive.

      Blacks are 13% of the population. Given that, they should have 13 Senators. Obviously, Barack Obama is only one.

      "I'm not here for the Iraqis, I'm here for George Bush." - Iraq occupation staffer

      by Beet on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 09:25:44 AM PDT

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    •  What have you done for me lately? (6+ / 0-)

      Nothing, nada, zilch,rein du tu.

      Democrats need to stop running over African Americans on their way to the suburbs.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

      by LV Pol Girl on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 10:36:31 AM PDT

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      •  Specifics (2+ / 0-)
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        davidincleveland, condoleaser

         The Democrats are out of power at the national level, so there's only so much they can do at this point.

         But specifically, in those situations in which they DO have some power (like the Maryland General Assembly) the Dems have been doing everything they can to defend public education, maintain our infrastructure, shore up health care, fight crime, try to get a living wage passed, hold Wal-Mart's feet to the fire, hold the line on college tuition, and maintain a healthy economy.

         Because of Ehrlich, they haven't always been successful. But they've done what they can. Do only white families benefit from these efforts? Do only whites work at Wal-Mart? Do only whites go to college? Do only whites drive on state roads and sit in traffic?

         If you want to argue that the national Democrats, in all their DLC wisdom, have abandoned working Americans -- black and white -- then I won't argue with you. The Democrats HAVE taken labor for granted. And that's a HUGE reason -- perhaps the BIGGEST reason -- they've lost so much ground over the last two decades.  

        But I can't see how Democrats have ignored BLACKS specifically. What PARTICULAR African-American concern have Democrats been remiss in addressing, within the bounds of their limited power at the national level?

        And I might add that what some might frame as race issues are really class issues. There are a lot of African-Americans who've bolted to the suburbs as well...


        "Le ciel est bleu, l'enfer est rouge."

        by Buzzer on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 12:55:17 PM PDT

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        •  And I might add... (1+ / 0-)
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            ...that in the whole slots saga, it was Democrats who stood by African-American community leaders to keep them away from the poor neighborhoods where Ehrlich wanted to put them.


          "Le ciel est bleu, l'enfer est rouge."

          by Buzzer on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 01:08:27 PM PDT

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    •  Particular needs of AA community (2+ / 0-)
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      baltimoremom, MarketTrustee

      A lot of problems b/w AAs and the Democratic establishment in Maryland occurred during Glendening's tenure as Governor of this state. There were different constituencies in the African American community that wanted him to do certain things which he did not do.

      Criminal Justice

      A big issue in the AA community is our failed justice system. AA legislators asked Glendening to pardon certain people and he refused to do it...


      Ehrlich has also reversed Glendening's "life means life" policy.

      Walter H. Arvinger was 19 when he was arrested in 1968 in the beating death of James R. Brown. Witnesses gave conflicting testimony about whether Arvinger was part of a group that planned to rob Brown on a Baltimore street, but he never held the bat used to kill Brown. After a one-day trial, Arvinger was sentenced to life in prison.

      The Maryland Parole Commission first endorsed his release in 1998, noting that everyone else involved in the attack was out, including the man who wielded the bat. But Glendening never considered it. He said his administration's prohibition on commuting life sentences stemmed from his discomfort with the death penalty -- and the only way the public would be willing to abandon the death penalty, he said, was if life sentences were irrevocable.


      Ehrlich hasn't talked much about his pardons as he has campaigned for reelection against Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley (D), except before a group of black church leaders last month.


      Education and particularly appropriations for education is a hot topic in the Maryland state legislature. I'm not going to get into the slot machine issue and how it ties into funding Baltimore schools. It's too complicated and I don't understand all of it. But that's an issue particularly in Baltimore.

      AA legislators particularly from Baltimore City, thought that Glendening and the Democratic political establishment always shafted the funding of historically black colleges and universities (Morgan State) over other state schools.

      Symbolic Legislation

      It's not just substantive stuff but symbolic things too!! For instance, people like Larry Gibson and Elijah Cummings wanted some way to commemorate Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in some way, since he was a prominent citizen from this state:

      Maryland lawmakers are considering renaming Baltimore-Washington International Airport after Thurgood Marshall, one of the state's most famous native sons and the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

      Supporters of the measure want Maryland to follow other states that recently have named major airports after prominent black Americans. Atlanta, New Orleans and Jackson, Miss., have renamed their airports for Maynard Jackson, Louis Armstrong and Medgar Evers, respectively.

      The trend -- and Maryland's proposed participation -- is overdue, said Larry Gibson, a University of Maryland School of Law professor and a Thurgood Marshall scholar.

      ''We have many facilities named in honor of former governors, legislators and other state officials,'' said Gibson. But blacks are not recognized ''in proportion to their contributions,'' he said

      These are just some  of the legislative issues which raised the concerns of African American political insiders in Maryland. There's been a lot of conflict over the years b/w the Democratic establishment and AA leaders. Steele/Ehrlich are/have been exploiting those issues for the past 4 years or so. They talk about these issues in AA forums and "empathize" with people who have grievances with the Maryland Democratic party over these and other issues. What you're seeing now is a manifestation of what's been going on.

      I just want to emphasize that this isn't just about KKT not picking an AA as Lt Gov or Mfume losing the primary. There's some serious hostility in some AA communities in Maryland and Steele et al think they can exploit this hostility for Steele's benefit....

  •  THIS IS HORSESHIT (3+ / 0-)

    That's really all I have to say. These Repukes have no shame whatsoever.

    What a scoundrel.

    I reject your reality and substitute my own!

    by Arjun Jaikumar on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 07:40:38 AM PDT

  •  STEELE = BUSH (2+ / 0-)
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    MD patriot, condoleaser

    This is discusting that michela steel would try tp portray himself as a democrat as a way to steal democratic vote...Where's the black caucus on this??...I think the dem should scream about this..the more attention this gets, the better it would be for dems because everyone would know who micheal steel is, which a right wing extreme republican.

    Now, let me say that the dems needs to go on attack-mode as fast as possible..You cant let allow this guy to disrespect the party like that by first, claiming the dems are the KKK party, and now, he's trying to fool people into believing he's a democrat.

    Baltimoremom + douglasmints = GOP dirty trolls.


  •  This is a racist campaign tactic (2+ / 0-)
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    davidincleveland, condoleaser

    I can't believe any other Repug in the country would try something like this.  He's clearly trying to exploit what he and Rove believe is the naivete (or ignorance) of African-American voters in Maryland.

    Even though Mfume lost the Dem primary to Cardin, he needs to be screaming about this racist Rovian tactic.

  •  Expect More (2+ / 0-)
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    davidincleveland, condoleaser

    This was inevitable. I was wondering when it would start happening.

    Since the GOP has given the middle finger to black voters, I suspect that you will see this type of thing spring up in districts that have heavy minority (majority minority?) demographics.

    Keep an eye on this url. Notice the absence of any GOP mention.

    "[T]hat I have no remedy for all the sorrows of the world is no reason for my accepting yours. It simply supports the strong probability that yours is a fake."

    by Heronymous Cowherd on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 08:17:07 AM PDT

  •  steele = bush (2+ / 0-)
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    MD patriot, condoleaser

    I've heard rumours that mfume will not campaign hard for cardin because he faelt betrayed byt the democratic party, but at the same time, i dont think he's crazy enought to endorse steele because that would be political suicide for him, unless he'so pissed that he's willing to hurt cardin.

    Anyway, saying that, i wish that the democrats makes it a priority to built more african american to run nationwide...I would like to see more diversity in the senate..we're no better then the repug..we have one african american in the senate and hopefully, we're get the seat in tennessee and make that 2, but overall, ill like to see more diversity.

    Also, if democrats takes over congress, they should make an effort to pass law that benefit minorities, like minimum wage, affirmative action, more funding for black colleges, and many other stuff.

    •  I asked you before (0+ / 0-)

      wtf is your agenda/goal/point here? I think you're trolling, and you just caught a doughnut. Go somewhere else to enjoy it.

      -8.38, -7.74 Schadenfreude is a dish best served piping hot.

      by condoleaser on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 08:29:49 AM PDT

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      •  not trolling (1+ / 0-)
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        just suggesting that there is a real problem and it involves race.  people were warned about this back in 2002 when Steele was picked to be Lt. Gov. and it was swept under the rug.

        the dem party has a problem changing (look at fp story about the dems choosing the economy as the 2006 issue).  it has a problem changing nationally and it is struggling to change in this state.

        •  bullshit (2+ / 0-)
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          davidincleveland, khereva

          this diary is about Steele's tactic of making signs that imply he's a Dem...and all you seem to feel the need to talk about is race. Go write your own diary about the issue that concerns you...or do something else. Whatever you do, do it elsewhere.

          -8.38, -7.74 Schadenfreude is a dish best served piping hot.

          by condoleaser on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 08:42:03 AM PDT

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          •  Condoleaser (4+ / 0-)

            Please provide a link to the Sun story in your diary, and if that photo is from that or any other newspaper, it's a copyright violation and will need to come out.

            Sorry to have to be cop. This is an excellent story and we'll get it out there. Just have to be careful on the legalities, etc.

            "I have a philosophy about elections. I believe issues divide and values unite."--Gov. Brian Schweitzer

            by Joan McCarter on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 08:56:20 AM PDT

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          •  this race is about race (0+ / 0-)

            and so is the picture. you found this picture on steele's website and you must have seen the other the pictures as well yet you act suprised when I have an opinion based on facts.

            •  No, It's Not (1+ / 0-)
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              It's about deception, and about political values.

              To say that it is about race is to reflect a pretty low opinion of black voters.  That is, clearly, the opinion that Steele holds.  Why do you want to play into that?

              •  i respect your opinion (2+ / 0-)
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                MarketTrustee, landruajm

                and after thinking about it i realize that my standard responses don't do any justice to my deep belief that md african americans are not awarded their political just deserts in proportion to their numbers.

                But the reasons for that are extensive and complicated.  The culprits are both whites and blacks, etc. etc.  Our legislative and political history is deep.  

                But I think your point is that sound bites are not going work as they end up helping the other side. And on that I agree.  The time for this argument was in primary which is now over.  Now we unite and point out the best not the worst.

                •  Thanks (0+ / 0-)

                  I think that the concept that there's a political inequity among races/ethnicities/cultures, even in such a Democratic state, is perfectly sound.  Alarmingly so, even.

                  I also agree that uniting is essential, and I think you'll take me at my word that I'd be defending Mfume to my last breath, had he won.  I'm deeply  disappointed that Stu Simms didn't win, and not happy that I have to support Gansler in November.  I'm a MoCo resident and I didn't vote for Leggett in the primary, for a variety of reasons that grew from deep disrespect for both candidates, but of course I'll vote for him in the general.

                  And oh yeah, there's that poor bastige Anthony Brown, who seems to show up on the tail end of each and every one of these discussions.  What the heck, I'll vote for him and that guy on the ticket with him, too.  

                  I do think that when sound bites work so well for the other side, we need to come up with our own sound bites that work.  And I most vehemently think that we cannot allow the lies and distortions by the Steele campaign--epitomized so well by these signs--to stand unchallenged.  Nor can we allow vapid, cheap garbage like the puppies commercial to stand unchallenged.

                  We can stand on our morals all we want, but at this point, I'd rather our side keep the seat, than feel good about how we did it.  The last two presidential elections have demonstrated starkly the value of sticking to the high road in these political times.  

                  These misleading and deceitful signs are fighting words, and I want to fight.  And I want to fight the other side, not my own.

                  By the way, I respect your views too, and I try to respect the fact that we're fundamentally on the same side in the end, even though I think there are some key differences in the way we think about some political issues.  

          •  i'm sorry to say. this is a superficial (1+ / 0-)
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            comment. steele/rove B'more tactics and strategy exploit huge, HUGE underlying weaknesses in party politics and actual record of governance where ALL minority interests (if this is a dem rubric, "party of the people", and alll) are concerned. steele is in fact a poster boy of post-black politics and "the american religion"(Harold Bloom), the "individualized" republic.

            brown people -- here there and everywhere -- have a long memory. sharpton said as much about the "democratic process" at the 2004 convention. were you listening?

            there are more DINOs than an kossack cares to count. the dem party profile is problematized by history at national scale. MD is one case, but AA voter decisions are calculating everywhere -- i guarantee that.

            the dem party no longer owns black people.

            Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

            by MarketTrustee on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 12:54:22 PM PDT

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      •  doesn't make sense to troll rate me n/t (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Good LORD! I almost accepted a job at the Murphy (4+ / 0-)

    law firm in Baltimore!
    Woah, and I glad I didn't!

    Invest in America, Buy a Congressman!

    by Lockedupspirit on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 08:28:43 AM PDT

  •  But he's running (1+ / 0-)
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    Blue South

    those "Steele doesn't hate puppies" ads -- which I think have got to be some of the slickest and most innovative of the cycle.

    Coupled with the recent poll, I'm starting to get very, very scared here.

  •  Does Ben Cardin Exist Anymore? (9+ / 0-)

    I don't know. Since the primary he seems to have dropped off the face of the Earth. This must be some kind of super double secret ultra stealthy campaign strategy. It's not like there are just six weeks to go until the big day.

  •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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    the new poll number is scary and i still cant believe that steele holds the lead.

    One thing that no one hasnt mention is the GOP rank and file voters and how do they regard steele? would think that they wouldnt be to please with steele trying to pretend he's a liberal..also, we know that some white voters would probably not vote for steele because he's black.

    •  Stealing elections step one: Fake polls (4+ / 0-)

      This is right out of Karl Rove's play book.  Put out some fake polls to show your candidate close to the lead, then steal the votes on election day with the help of the Cheating Diebold machines.

      Bush-Steele is totally craven, he wants to be the Clarence Thomas of the US Senate.  Vote absentee so there is a paper trail, don't let Bush-Steele steal our election.

      •  Another stupid Diebold post (0+ / 0-)

        So now if Steele wins it's due to the "machines?" I mean, this gets old. This type of post detracts from this site being part of the "reality-based community". For DC related travel advice, please visit that link.

        by jiacinto on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 09:31:36 AM PDT

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        •  Time out (2+ / 0-)
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          davidincleveland, condoleaser

          OK, the Diebold stuff may get old, but there are legit concerns to vote integrity.

          Moreover, absentee balloting/vote by mail is now being actively encouraged by the party in our state, particularly to make voting easier for drop off Dems.

          Let's stop arguing about it and get behind the effort.

          We are a party of innovation...We are willing to suffer the discomfort of change in order to achieve a better future. --Barbara Jordan

          by wmtriallawyer on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 09:36:08 AM PDT

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          •  Ok (0+ / 0-)

            I just hate the tin-foul conspiracy theories that I see on this site whenever a Republican wins a close election.

   For DC related travel advice, please visit that link.

            by jiacinto on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 11:18:30 AM PDT

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            •  tinfoil (2+ / 0-)
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              davidincleveland, MarketTrustee

              So we are leading in the pre election polls
              We are leading on the exit polls
              Our ground game is "best ever"

              We lose.

              Its not a tin-foil hat conspiracy if it happened.


              by Blue South on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 11:28:03 AM PDT

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              •  therein lies a fundamental problem (0+ / 0-)

                numbers without meaning.

                many of us depend on numberes (absolute counts, ratios, average or means, and continual polling) in and of themselves to predict events. this is ass backward statistically and not commensensicaly, b/c all statistical measures are historical.

                i see political ideologues, "liberal" and "democratic", being led by the nose rather than sense of smell.

                there is a story, a "reality-base" story, behind every instance. too bad nobody's interested in the details.

                Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

                by MarketTrustee on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 12:40:24 PM PDT

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  •  Baltimoremom is a GOP troll (3+ / 0-)
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    mrblifil, condoleaser, khereva

    Dont listen to her, she's probably micheal steele mom or steele's spokeswoman just trolling around for support.

    I wished mfume had win because now, we have to deal with micheal "fuckhead" steele..micheal, the thief.

    again, where' the black caucus on this and where's cardin's response to this?

    •  I don't think she's a troll (4+ / 0-)

      I think her concerns are legit.

      BUT I STILL say Steele's an uncle tom and those democrats who vote for him are voting for their civil rights to be abrogated, their jobs to be sent to Indonesia and their kids to be sent to the front as cannon fodder. In very much the same way white heartlanders voted for the same when they voted for Bush and the other Republicans like him

      If the MD Democratic Party has a problem with race (and I don't spend much time in MD, and when I do I'm in PG County which is all black), then address it...I personally don't think they do... What I DO think having watched the Townsend campaign from afar is that they need some lessons on campaigning.

      If you think "It Can't Happen Here", you're deluding yourself and you're part of the problem!

      by terrypinder on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 08:52:02 AM PDT

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    •  I don't think she's a troll (1+ / 0-)
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      either, but even people who aren't trolls say things that are insults/anti-constructive and should get a little minus sign...

      What I wonder is this:

      I saw Mfume as one step to the LEFT of Cardin on the spectrum.  So, would people whose convictions lay to the LEFT of Cardin take six steps to the RIGHT and vote for Steele??  I didn't see Alan Keyes get one ton of votes here when he was running around.  I don't see someone with Mfume's convictions supporting someone who opposes his convictions and I don't think he would want to hurt Cardin who he calls friend.

    •  She is not a troll she knows exactly what is (6+ / 0-)

      going on in the state.  I have a lot of respect for her opinion and after Mfume lost I predicted that African-Americans would move to Steele and she agreed with me.  Many prominent African-Americans like Russell Simmons are supporting Steele financially. You know what? It is time we as Democrats stop taking African-American voters for granted.  The most hunting picture I saw during Katrina was a woman with a GOTV t-shirt and knee deep in water.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

      by LV Pol Girl on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 09:52:09 AM PDT

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    •  She is not a troll (9+ / 0-)

      not by a long shot.

      She's looking at things on the ground, and interpreting it the way she sees it. And, frankly, as I see it, I don't always agree with her but she's got some very very good points.

      And I'm not a troll either. The Democratic party in Maryland has become too complacent and, honestly, out of touch, just like the complaints against 'inside the Beltway' Dems that are castigated in Crashing the Gate.

      When Markos and Jerome were here in Baltimore last spring and I went to see them, I said that I was concerned about the future of the party here. I am no concern troll. I'm someone who's looked at the registered Dems lists and realized that the average age is probably well over 50. That doesn't bode well for the long-term health of the party.

      We had a wonderful slate of candidates running for the third district, including (I have to admit) the guy that won, but he's also part of the old machine. We're not getting new blood. We need it.

      And we need to recognize the role of race, and the recognition that African Americans, who make up a significant part of the population of this state and want some political power to represent that population, plays in politics. Period.

      Call her a troll, call me a troll. But doing that, and ignoring these issues, won't make them go away.

      •  Hammer, meet nail (3+ / 0-)

        You nailed it...right here:

        I'm someone who's looked at the registered Dems lists and realized that the average age is probably well over 50. That doesn't bode well for the long-term health of the party.

        Thank you, thank you, thank you.  I've been saying this to and fro, back and forth, up and down.

        Not to cause generational warfare, but we need to be reaching out to younger voters, voters under the age of 50.

        Interesting point about this from my Central Committee race down in AA County.  I took a look at the committee before last Tuesday, and it's composition now.  Here's some startling age demographic stats for ya:

        Average age of AA Dem Cent Com before Election: 58.3 years
        Average age after: 47.9 years

        Number of members over age seventy before election: 3
        Number over age seventy after: 1

        Number of members UNDER age 40 before: 1
        Number of members UNDER age 40 now: 5 (!)

        Change is coming, and ultimately it's a good thing for the party.  That's NOT TO SAY that we can't work together with the generations that have come before and tap into all their experience.

        But it IS to say that we ignore the fresh ideas, engery, and skills of those around my age at our peril.  We are going to need those activists, and those voters.  Period.

        We are a party of innovation...We are willing to suffer the discomfort of change in order to achieve a better future. --Barbara Jordan

        by wmtriallawyer on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 11:41:24 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  absofuckinglutely NOT (0+ / 0-)

      do everybody a favor and SEARCH and READ the database. and while you are at it, look up dmsilev who reports stats by YEAR, linking to 3rd party traffic meters, that is, the incredible short attention span of kossacks. AVG. ONE PAGE VIST.

      (oh. and thank deleware dem for pissing in the site and dailykos for erasing the site's history prior to 8/1/06 for elevating democratic hysteria)

      Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

      by MarketTrustee on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 12:17:16 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  No She Isn't (0+ / 0-)

      She's wrong. I believe that her continued campaigning for Mfume is misguided.  I believe that her POV on the black vote is, at best, mistaken.

      But she is most assuredly not a troll, not by a long shot.

    •  Baltimoremom is NOT a troll (1+ / 0-)
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      Seriously, I don't know what possesses people to make comments like this.  I don't always agree with her, and we spar a lot, but she is a thoughtful citizen with a valid perspective.  

      Please back off.

      Stephanie Dray
      of Jousting for Justice, a lefty blog with a Maryland tilt.

      by stephdray on Sat Sep 23, 2006 at 01:06:15 PM PDT

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  •  thank you, condoleaser (3+ / 0-)

    i couldn't have asked for better timing of late breaking dkos news: AAs follow the $$, too. and B'more is the biggest, bad ass test case of dem "loyalty" to race-based political strategy.

    yesterday, in baltimoremom's poll diary, i questioned cardin's street cred among Baltimore AAs specifically and floated this question: is it probable that b'more's AAs (assuming any are sampled in the political wire poll) are keeping powder dry?

    follow the thread and number crunching by district to my final, persistant point.

    the 2 counties [BC County and PG County] are nearly equal in AA pops. so it is disturbing to me to think perhaps more AAs in PG county than in BC county are active, registered voters.*why would this be*?

    so i'll answer myself: Mfume can't save cardin's ass, unless cardin shows B'more the $$.

    ya don't have to be an evil pub to see this. but ya do need to concede, dems don't own AA voters anymore. this is a chili palmer moment, a post-black era, as voters in PG county have already figured out.

    note for my dkos stalker: i don't, won't ever vote steele, and i don't do lip service either. move along.

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

    by MarketTrustee on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 08:49:17 AM PDT

  •  Seeing Red ? True Blue ! Campaign (3+ / 0-)

    I can picture an add campaign where the blue sign pictured shift to red.  But Cardin signs stay true blue.  Maybe Lamont could pick up the theme too.  

    Maybe even play on the "these colors don't run" meme to mean what it should mean - that Americans stands for democratic values (the law, no tourture, personal autonomity and privacy, speaking truth to power) - not staying the course when the course is in the wrong directon

  •  Embracing Steele is embracing Bush... (1+ / 0-)
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    These Steele people have to look beyond just Maryland this year, to the national picture. Who better represents their interests? Democrats. If Steele goes to the Senate, will he be needed by the GOP caucus? No. When you're already the majority, you don't need extras. The best option for AAs is to hold out until Dems regain the majority, then consider switching parties if they still feel like they're being taken for granted. Because switching from the majority to the minority gives you power. Switching from the minority to the majority just makes you someone's bitch. And that's what Michael Steele is going to be.

    "I'm not here for the Iraqis, I'm here for George Bush." - Iraq occupation staffer

    by Beet on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 09:12:59 AM PDT

  •  No ideology except power. (4+ / 0-)

    Is it possible to make it any clearer that the leaders of the Republican Party don't care what they have to do to retain power -- even forswearing their own beliefs?

    As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

    by gpm on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 09:13:53 AM PDT

  •  The analogy fails (3+ / 0-)

    With the "Reagan Democrats," (who will spend years and years in purgatory), it was the supporters using the title.

    Steele is the candidate. He would have to have Democratic supporters calling themselves "Steele Democrats," for the analogy to work.

    What a putz.
  •  I think this is the Republican laboratory at work (5+ / 0-)

    Try this on for size: Maryland has long been considered fairly safe for the Democrats, and it still might bear out as such, right?  So maybe Steele and the Republican Party are just experimenting with tactics to see if they can drive more blacks to vote Republican.

    It makes sense.  Just having black skin probably isn't enough for a candidate to grab enough of the black vote in any given election.  That may have been true at one time, but it probably isn't anymore.  So it looks like the Steele campaign is throwing everything they've got at the wall to see what sticks.  They're trotting out the old "the Democrats are the KKK party" distortion.  Now they're referring to Steele as a Democrat, albeit indirectly.  Steele's also running ads that don't hint at his party affiliation.

    Maybe some of this will work.  Maybe none of it will work.  But succeed or fail, this will help conservative Republicans get a better idea of what tactics work to snap up more of the black vote.  In an election they're not likely to win, going unorthodox is a really good idea: they'll be able to take the lessons learned here and apply them to other races.  I think it's a brilliant idea.

    I can see this backfiring in a major way.  But it might not.  The Cardin campaign needs to start punching back at this aggressively.  The circus-like air of the Steele campaign could get to be a real problem, if it continues to be ignored.

    A conservative is just a liberal who hasn't needed a second chance yet.

    by Larry McAwful on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 09:23:05 AM PDT

    •  Agreed -- this is a Rove experiment (3+ / 0-)

      ... with Steele as the guinea pig.

      They are test-marketing the idea of trying to make voters think that certain Repubs are Dems.

      Hey, I've got an idea for a great sign in Ohio!


      makes sure your vote isn't counted if you're a


      Go ahead and test-market that one, Karl! You're welcome!

  •  Who Knew Rove Would Spring (2+ / 0-)
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    davidincleveland, condoleaser

    his October Surprise in September?

    Say, Maryland voter, just ask this guy where he stands on legalized torture, raising the minimum wage, paperless voting, withdrawl from Iraq.  Oh, and impeaching Bush, et. al.

    They burn our children in their wars and grow rich beyond the dreams of avarice.

    by Limelite on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 09:33:39 AM PDT

  •  Who's the woman (2+ / 0-)
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    davidincleveland, condoleaser

    holding the sign? His wife? Another family member? Good friend? Campaign manager? 'Cause if it's none of the above, someone ought to tell her she's being used.

  •  This sign story is interesting (9+ / 0-)

    I know on my commute from work/home in PG County on Branch Avenue, I saw one Steele sign paired with a Mfume sign this past week. It was near Brandywine. I've seen a lot of Steele signs (not so much Cardin signs) in the places where I commute in PG county or Charles county. I guess I might have to travel on Indian Head Highway (210) to see what's going on in the western part of PG county in the next few days....

    I also found it interesting that the GOP operative Ed Rogers on Hardball with Chris Matthews last night invited Mfume to join the Republican party. Chris had Rogers and Mfume on the show to discuss various issues, including the recent George Allen flaps etc. Unsolicited and from nowhere, Rogers made the point of asking Mfume to join the Republican party, saying that they would welcome and respect him and allow him to be uninhibited. He then made the point that African Americans need a new generation of leaders or something like that. I was frankly surprised how overt the GOP has been in trying to get AA to crossover and vote for Steele and/or join the Republican party. I thought that they were going to engage in this campaign covertly, but I guess not....

    I wonder if the GOP think that this old NY Times article "Younger Blacks Tell Democrats to Take Notice" still applies today?

    Mr. Eddings's comments were emblematic of what some Democratic strategists fear may be a growing problem: The party is perilously out of touch with a large swath of black voters — those 18 to 35 years old who grew up after the groundbreaking years of the civil rights movement. It is a group too important and complex to ignore, many strategists caution, when analysts are predicting another close election.

    Democrats have traditionally counted on more than 90 percent of the black vote. Blacks 18 to 35 make up about 40 percent of the black voting-age population, but turnout among young blacks was so low in the 2000 elections that they made up only 2 percent of the entire vote.

    Democratic leaders are expressing concern about the disengagement. Young blacks are responding by warning the party not to take their votes for granted.

    "Not only do I not see myself as part of the base," Nnamdi Thompson, a 30-year-old investment banker, told Ms. Spencer at the restaurant, "I wish the Democratic Party would stop seeing me as part of its base. We have more power as voters if they have to come and court us."


    Over the years, African-Americans have proved a reliable source of support for Democrats, whom they viewed as more responsive than Republicans to their issues and concerns. But members of Generations X and Y, reared on hip-hop and the Internet, in a niche-market culture, are proving to be a tougher sell.

    While still more closely aligned with Democrats than Republicans on issues like affirmative action and health care, younger blacks are more open to at least exploring initiatives shunned by the Democratic Party, like school vouchers and partial privatization of Social Security, polls show.

    Polls also indicate that younger blacks place a higher priority than older African-Americans on issues like racial profiling and protecting civil liberties.


    For Democrats, the downside of weaker partisan ties is twofold. Unlike older blacks, many of whom vote consistently because they remember a time when they could not, younger blacks are more prone to sit out an election if no candidate grabs their interest. And even if they are not registered Republicans, younger blacks are more open to supporting Republican candidates and issues than older blacks.

    I wish that I had found this article sooner. It just sets everything out there even though it's 3 years old.  By the way, that SurveyUSA poll found that Steele was getting his support from younger AAs...

    I guess Dems need to figure out how to appeal to this target group or hope that they sit out this election.....

  •  Check violation of election laws (0+ / 0-)

    Someone check with the dept of Justice
    on this for a violation of election law

    oops I forgot

    Does anyone know if this is a violation.

    Just who is Steele anyway and why is his record a secret.  

  •  who is steele anyway- what is his record (0+ / 0-)
  •  Well (1+ / 0-)
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    One poll came out this week showing Steele with a 48-47% lead. I am concerned about this race, but I'm also not going to act like the sky is falling either until more polls confirm the trend. It might very well be an outlier. So I wouldn't get that worried yet.

    I am concerned about this race, but I think Cardin could really neutralize Steele by linking him to Bush. Also another factor in the poll might be that many whites might be lying about their support for Steele out of fear of being called "racist" to pollsters who survey them. This dynamic is also in play in TN.

    I think of Bobby Jindal, who ran for Governor of LA. He led several polls against Blanco, but ended up losing. For DC related travel advice, please visit that link.

    by jiacinto on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 09:52:56 AM PDT

  •  In More related news Steele's Attempt to Steal... (3+ / 0-)

    A radio ad that has already aired in MD says that the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was really a Republican, that Democrats turned the fire hoses onto the black people during the civil rights movement and that Democrats want to keep blacks poor.  In one little spot.  Rawstory has a link to the ad (and this is my very first diary EVER so please forgive my lack of html use).

    You'll note that NBRA Chairmen Frances Rice  claims that this ad "sets the record straight".  I think we need to set the record straight about one Frances Rice.  It seems she has quite the penchant for plagiarism:

    Note that when she was caught, she plays the race card.  

    These people are pathological.  

  •  Steele needs a "Kiss Float" (2+ / 0-)

    Republicans pretending to be Democrats pretending to love a Republican.

    Republicans are always saying that Democrats are taking the Black Vote for granted while Republicans just take them for fools.

    This crap can work to our advantage if we go into Attack Mode instead of crying about it. Have the left fist take the Daily Show approach and the right fist take the Olbermann approach and come out swinging.

    Set 'em up with a few jabs of humor and then BAM with the throat punch.

  •  Just make red signs stating: Steele-Republican (5+ / 0-)

    who wants you to think he's a Democrat.

  •  What do you expect? (2+ / 0-)
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    davidincleveland, condoleaser

    Republicans have nothing else!

    I think it's kind of hilarious that they're so fucked up and full of shit that the only hope they have of getting elected is to pretend to be Democrats.

    I sure hope, though, that the American people are no longer stupid enough to fall for it...but I won't hold my breath.

    Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. - Ambrose Redmoon

    by MNW on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 10:11:28 AM PDT

    •  They're not pretending to be democrats as much as (0+ / 0-)

      trying to usurp Democratic ideals as their own platforms (ala MLK was a member of the republic party etc)

      Political cross dressing is one thing.  But this is more sinister.  this actually tries to TAKE the democratic party's platform and accomplishments as their own.

  •  Republicans SO DESPARATE !! (2+ / 0-)
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    davidincleveland, condoleaser

    They 're having to SAY they're Democrat to hope for election.

    If it's agin' the law, go for it.  Otherwise, this is a plus for Democrats.  

  •  Radio Advertisements for Steele (3+ / 0-)

    The Washington Post article Black GOP Groups Woo Mfume, Blast Democrats to Back Steele The article says

    The push was evident in a Baltimore radio advertisement targeting African American listeners that was sponsored by the Washington-based National Black Republican Association. The ad identifies Martin Luther King Jr. as a Republican and pins the founding of the Ku Klux Klan on Democrats.

    One woman says: "Democrats passed those black codes and Jim Crow laws. Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan."

    "The Klan?" her friend replies. "White hoods and sheets?"

    First woman: "Democrats fought all civil rights legislation from the 1860s to the 1960s. Democrats released those vicious dogs and fire hoses on blacks."

    Second woman: "Seriously?"

    The ad says that "Democrats want to keep us poor while voting ONLY Democrat" and, "Democrats have bamboozled blacks."

    How low will republicans sink?

    Practice tolerance, kindness and charity.

    by LWelsch on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 10:21:55 AM PDT

  •  Time for Dems to start undoing the rep damage (0+ / 0-)

    I think we all know what to do to stymy
    the repbulican dirty tricks in maryland.

    I think I just saw a post that said "make up signs
    that Say" 'Steele the Libertarian' or whatever party.

    Show picture of him with his dog advertising
    pet food

    Ask if his dog is giving him political advice

    go to steele  rallies and ask a lot of questions

    and on and on and on.  

    Democrats can do everything republicans can do only better.

  •  You know... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...the conventional wisdom around here always seems to be "Democrats need to stop presenting themselves as Republican-lite because when voters have a choice between a real Republican and a fake one they will pick the real one."

    Does that work in reverse? Does the fact that guys like Steele are weaselling around trying to act moderate and like Democrats like them mean voters are going to choose the real Democrat?

    •  begging the question: (0+ / 0-)

      what is a "real democrat"? and is cardin a "real democrat"?

      those are not a rhetorical questions, especially at a "democratic" party website which doles out recco's and +500 comments to a diary titled "shut your fucking pie hole". that's a lotta bytes, a little too late.

      election is not a team sport, when your center forward is a putz and all the other team players are sitting in the bleechers.

      Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

      by MarketTrustee on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 11:33:09 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  JUST MISLEADING (4+ / 0-)

    These are the few AA who are voting for steele because he is black.The sign should saY democrat  
    for steele, but people in this state know steele is a republican.
    Cardin is not running any ads and Steele is all over tv, if he waits to long he may be in trouble.

  •  Steele wbsite "steele Catholics" section (2+ / 0-)
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    davidincleveland, condoleaser

    hold on to your hat!
    Check out the Steele website.  His steele Catholic
    voluteer request:

    "Over the next several weeks, the Steele campaign will be reaching out to Catholics all across the state and in each of Maryland's 330 parishes. Please consider contributing some of your time to help the campaign organize Catholic volunteers for making phone calls to fellow Catholics, passing out literature, sign waving, etc."

    Sending Michael Steele to the United States Senate this November will not just serve as an historic victory for Maryland and America, but for Catholics everywhere. Thank you for your tremendous service in this endeavor.

    Steele studied for the catholic clergy for 3 years and you are treated to his picture in uniform.

  •  No Steele ads or posters lists him as republican (2+ / 0-)
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    davidincleveland, condoleaser

    It is only Steele for Senate with his

    The AA community will make the worst political mistake of the last 100 years if they support
    Steele or any other AA republican.

  •  My Different Take (0+ / 0-)

    Been thinkin' about this.

    Since he's advertising himself as a Democrat, maybe he intends to behave like Joe "Party of One" Lieberman who promised to "align himself with the Democrats" when it comes time to vote.

    Now that's a campaign promise representing a real role reversal.

    They burn our children in their wars and grow rich beyond the dreams of avarice.

    by Limelite on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 10:49:31 AM PDT

  •  Rove Campaign Rule #56 (0+ / 0-)

    If rigging the election is election is not possible, the Repubican candidate should claim that he's the Democratic candidate, and accuse his opponent of being  another corrupt Republican errand boy for George W. Bush.  

    If life were fair George Bush would be making a living asking,"Do you want some fries with that?"

    by Mr Populist on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 10:51:57 AM PDT

  •  What is Steele's position on birth control? (0+ / 0-)
  •  Wait but, (0+ / 0-)

    isn't it also taking African Americans for granted by suggesting that they will always vote for a candidate who is African American regardless of their political beliefs?

    All my life I've had one dream: to achieve my many goals. - H. Simpson

    by henna218 on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 10:53:37 AM PDT

    •  yes. it's racist. (0+ / 0-)

      facts are politics is ALL ABOUT THE $$ -- who's got it, who shares it. that's "reality-based" america. that's post-black america.

      that is a soulless america.

      now. you figure out which individual of which "race" controls the $$ and you pick an election winner.

      Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

      by MarketTrustee on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 11:18:53 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Say what you want, (1+ / 0-)
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        ...but I know a handful of African-Americans (all Democrats and one Independent) who are planning on voting for Michael Steele simply because of his race.  Racial politics work both ways--there are 1) tons of whites who won't vote for a black man, and 2) tons of blacks who would always vote for black man over a white man.  

        In this case it hurts Democrats because there are likely more of #2 in Maryland than #1 among the voting populace.  Steele people have told me that they're targeting a total of 20% of the black vote.  If they get that, they know that they'll win.  Furthermore, the fact that Democratic Primary voters turned down both Mfume and Stu Simms (the black AG candidate), many blacks are steaming.  Case in point, last night Michael Mfume, Kweisi's son, endorsed Steele and hugged him on T.V.

        The doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind. - MD Constitution

        by docciavelli on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 02:01:19 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  A Sad Week for Black Republicans (1+ / 0-)
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    Like the spotted owl or the Pacific sea otter, Black Republicans are something of an endangered species.  This week, a select group of African-American conservatives and their GOP allies showed why.

    On Monday, the National Black Republican Association (NBRA) debuted ads declaring that Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan and that Martin Luther King Junior was a member of the GOP.  While no evidence apparently supports the group's claim that King was a Republican, the Klan's roots in the post-Civil War Democratic south are pretty clear.  What is also quite clear, however, is that since the civil rights movement of the mid-1960's, Southern racists have happily found in a new home in the Republican Party.  It's no wonder that Michael Steele, the African-American Republican Senate candidate, declared the NBRA spots "insulting to Marylanders" and asked the group to stop running them in his state.

    For the details, see:
    "A Sad Week for Black Republicans."

  •  We need some signs saying: STEELE Asshole" (3+ / 0-)

    since clearly he has their support.

  •  We have Republicans for Brown here in CA 04 (2+ / 0-)
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    baltimoremom, elie

    This is pretty standard to be honest.  There are always crossover voters--it makes (some) news, that's it.

    "Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is." -Governor George W Bush (R-TX)

    by espresso on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 11:22:32 AM PDT

  •  this is silly, but... (0+ / 0-)

    I was going to make this a diary, but when I saw it could fit in here, I editted it down and made it a comment.  :)

  •  An honest attempt would say... (2+ / 0-)
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    davidincleveland, condoleaser

    "I'm a proud Steele Democrat"

    Not this version, which is just a clever way of being ambiguous and trying to confuse folks about steele's party affilation.

    "Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth." -- JFK

    by Tryptophan on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 11:58:21 AM PDT

  •  Reach the Steele campaign to comment: (1+ / 0-)
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    Their website, in case you'd care to comment your outrage or disappointment to them.

    Their HQ phone number is 443-603-1288.

    And I am friggin' steamed at this "bullsh*t in Democratic clothing" bid. If anyone has questions about whether they can trust Steele in office, this tactic is the answer.

    Damn it, they're on to us! Quick, break out the fearmongering MSM noise machine, or we'll all wind up in prison! --Fearful NeoCon Fascists

    by Enough Talk Lets Get Busy on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 12:45:32 PM PDT

  •  and she's a natural blonde. (1+ / 0-)
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    Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 01:15:32 PM PDT

  •   STEELE REPUBLICAN (0+ / 0-)

    I think cardin should produce signs that says " steele republican" seriously..we need to tell the people who this guy really is.

    steele republican.

  •  I've contacted the Cardin and MD Dem HQ's with (1+ / 0-)
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    Grand Poobah

    this message:

    Thank you first of all, for taking the time to read this. I hope it's useful in your efforts.

    I've already vented my anger over Steele's slick Rovian marketing trick regarding "Steele Democrats", and his use of blue state blue posters on blogs. I mean, come on. And I've heard from both Ben Cardin's excellent people and you all in the MD Dem Party that you are pushing back. Laudable, and necessary, but I'm concerned Steele gets the Rove attack advantage.

    I'd like to suggest some alternatives, all of which will put Ben Cardin/MD Democrats in the action/offense posture, rather than the reaction/defense posture.

    1. Print up giant-sized Red campaign posters stating something short, like "Steele [love heart image] Bush" or "Steele = Bush Republican". Maybe add a large photo of Steele and Bush together to make the message graphic. Perhaps even a longer statement like: "Steele is a Bush Republican Trying to Hide His Real Political Identity from Maryland Voters. Don't buy it."  

    The red color counters Steele's "clever" use of Democratic "blue state" poster color, and reminds voters viscerally of his real allegiances. Either of the simple messages, or the photo, brands Steele with the Bush/GOP label, which he's clearly running away from, and the longer message drives it home. Be good to see red bumper stickers doing the same job. I can see Cardin supporters and MD Democrats everywhere delighted to sport stickers that push back at Steele, and planting these posters all over Maryland (I've got Frederick and Carroll counties). The other message is: "How can you trust a politician who would sink to this level just to win a campaign. Whatever happened to integrity?"

    1. Start a campaign narrative about Michael Steele that he doesn't seem to know who he is and what he stands for. If he's Republican, he's confused his campaign color choices, and message. If he really yearns to run as a Democrat, it's a shame--that position's already filled by Cardin, but Steele is free to switch parties and help out with Cardin's campaign.
    1. Where are prominent African American Democrats decrying Steele's clear lack of integrity in trying to peel off the African American vote with "frontmen" like Ehrlich-connected mouthpiece Hughes-Simmons, and his intentionally confusing campaign packaging.
    1. There is an execrable campaign support effort by the swiftboating National Black Republican Association, which has mounted an ad that implies that the fact that Martin Luther King, Jr. was a "protest Republican", and that Southern Democrats opposed civil rights legislation from the 1860's to the 1960's means somehow he would have identified with today's African American Bush Republicans and that Democrats are still racists. That's an outrageous twisting of history: MLK, Jr. was never a GOoP, and race-baiting in support of an African American candidate is elephant manure. Do you have the interest in tying this ad to Steele's campaign so tightly he can't undo the knot until well after his term as Lt. Gov. expires? Please? It's not dirty or underhanded politics to use the material the other side has handed you against them. And, as Raw Story points out, the Steele campaign is running away from the ad, screaming. It will inflame undecided African American and many liberal white voters, and could help bring back a large number of African American votes superficially "flirting" with an African American Senate candidate.

    Here's the link to the article about the NBRA's ad, and the damage it may likely cause Steele's campaign, which is already running away from it:

    Here's a link to the NBRA's article about MLK, Jr.'s party affiliation , which may provide you all with enough additional oppo material to gut Steele's nonpartisan posturing:


    Please let me know if any of these suggestions are useful. I'll pitch them any and all Democrats willing to listen, and would love to see you all broadcast these "antidotes" and/or other antidotes to Steele lies. Can you tell I've had enough of Democratic party officials and candidates appearing to take GOP smears lying down?

    Finally, and this is addressed to the MD Dems: I don't see prominent requests for Democrats to volunteer to be election judges or poll workers on Nov. 7th. After the disasters in Montgomery County, Frederick County and Baltimore City during the primary, wouldn't that be a great plan? Recruit educated, focused citizens who'd be sure to hold each county board of elections accountable for making sure every polling site is adequately supplied with voting equipment, supplies, provisional ballots, etc, who can act as a go-to problem solver when voters get flustered, who can talk upset voters into sticking around if a machine goes FUBAR, etc, etc? If that recruitment info is already on your site, and hopefully Ben Cardin's site (unless that's a conflict of political ethics), please let me know.

    Again, thank you for your attention. The best to us all.


    Andrew May

    I'm hoping they'll go for it. I'll be working with the resources I have to put these tools together myself if I have to.

    Damn it, they're on to us! Quick, break out the fearmongering MSM noise machine, or we'll all wind up in prison! --Fearful NeoCon Fascists

    by Enough Talk Lets Get Busy on Fri Sep 22, 2006 at 03:07:06 PM PDT

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