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 In a new poll conducted September 15-18, but reported today, Democrat Ben Cardin leads Republican lieutenant governor Michael Steele by 11 points MoE 3.5%. This is a lead that Congressman Cardin has maintained over Steele through three polls conducted by the Baltimore Sun taken during the last year.Cardin leads Steele

  I admit to feeling some relief because this is a Senate seat we can't afford to lose. Maryland is a blue state but we presently have a Republican governor Bobby Ehrlich who is determined to turn it red. Unfortunately, Ehrlich ,who is running for re-election in November, has managed to make some inroads and is currently running 6 points behind the fabulous Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley (D). At the same point last year O'Malley had 15% over Ehrlich so this race is tightening up. But we can't take anything for granted and the difference will probably hinge on whether Democrats turn out and vote for their candidates.

 In a state where 2/3 of likely voters support withdrawal from Iraq this should be the primary focus of our candidates respective campaigns. The massive blunder that is the Iraq War should be tied around Ehrlich and Steele's necks. President Bush is highly unpopular here as 59% disapprove of his performance. This suggests, to me, that tying Bush and his Iraq War to the Republicans now running for office in Maryland would be the edge that Democrats need to prevail.
In speaking of Bush, Keith Haller, who conducted these polls for The Sun, said, "Maryland remains one of his worst states. He's kind of like raw meat for the Democratic wolf pack."Bush Unpopular in Maryland
Steele's position on Iraq is that the US must continue working to improve conditions on the ground. He rejects talk of a withdrawal timetable as aiding America's enemies. Hmmm...Where have I heard that line of reasoning before? Cardin, on the other hand, voted against the original Iraq War Resolution in Congress in 2002 and has pushed President Bush for a withdrawal plan. He has strongly supported withdrawing 10,000 troops per month to be completed by the end of next year. The benefit of his voice on this is Cardin hasn't just recently changed his mind on Iraq as he was always against it. Steele is expected to talk more like a Democrat if he expects to win in Maryland. Indeed he advertises without clearly identifying himself as a Republican and has engineered an ad campaign with "Steele Democrat" on a blue field.Steele's Democratic ID theft His introductory ad with puppies was disarming and charmingSteele loves puppies but will ads be enough for the man who called George Bush his "homeboy?" Bush is my Homeboy or said that doing stem cell research is the same as Nazi experiments on Jews during the Holocaust?Stem Cells and Nazis This last was said in a lecture before a Jewish group. But it's more than Steele's propensity for recurrent foot-in-the-mouth syndrome. Steele is just another in a long line of Bush-loving-Rubber-Stamp Republicans. We need less rubber stampers not more and it would be a tragedy if Maryland overlooked its great progressive tradition for a very mediocre candidate. Let's ensure that the Iraq War becomes Michael Steele's Achilles' heel. If we hobble him with the Iraq Misadventure of Homeboy Bush maybe we can prevent him from limping over the finish line into the US Senate! So what do we need to do? Democrats Need to get out the vote!

Originally posted to vcmvo2 on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 08:25 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip (14+ / 0-)

    Even unaffiliated voters are voting for Cardin 51% to 34% MoE 3.5%.

    Or as James Henley, a Libertarian, who is voting for Cardin says, "At the national level, the Republican Party has become such a repugnant institution that I would like to take as much of the control of Congress away from the Republicans as possible."  Amen to that!

    Get Out The Vote Maryland!

    Let us resolve to be the masters,not the victims,of our history,controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions & emotions- JFK

    by vcmvo2 on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 08:31:02 AM PDT

    •  Danger Will Robinson! (1+ / 0-)
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      The poll's encouraging but I had an interesting / disturbing conversation with a neighbor Saturday.  She said that some of her AA friends are planning to vote - but they will NOT pull the lever for Cardin.

      They just won't vote in the Senate race.

      WTF???!!!

      That had me shaking my head for the next two days (still shaking).  WHAT are they thinking?  Do they understand Cardin's the only person standing between MD and a Rethug. Senator?

      I'm just blown away by the stupidity of folks.  Talk about working against your own best interests!!!

      Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. -8.75 / -6.10

      by Alegre on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 09:24:37 AM PDT

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      •  Steele and Rove (2+ / 0-)
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        are counting on that discouragement! They knew that Cardin would win and they could use that as a wedge to suppress black votes!

        I know some blacks who feel equally strongly about keeping the repugs out but who are upset that Mfume didn't pull it off. And he actually came damn close! Cardin beat him by fewer than 20,000 votes and Mfume pretty much ran his campaign on a shoestring! The difference between a Democrat like Mfume and Joe Lieberman is glaringly obvious at a time like this. I hope Mfume campaigns for Cardin- I know they are friends! That would make a huge difference!

        Let us resolve to be the masters,not the victims,of our history,controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions & emotions- JFK

        by vcmvo2 on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 09:40:59 AM PDT

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        •  If Mfume Can Forgive, Forget and Help Cardin (3+ / 0-)
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          then I would think his voters can.

          I voted for him and Cardin's getting my vote.

          It's time folks grew the feck up and understood that this is no time for games or hissy-fits.  If they don't vote for Cardin then Steele gets in.

          Period.

          End of story.

          This "I wanna be able to look at myself in the mirror the next morning" shit is getting old.  Suck it up and support the one person who'll help us get rid of Bush's rubber-stamp GOP Senate this year.

          Or don't bitch when your children's legacy is being spent on some war in Iraq.

          Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. -8.75 / -6.10

          by Alegre on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 09:53:39 AM PDT

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  •  That's good news (7+ / 0-)

    But I'd like to see some Cardin ads down here in the DC area.  Michael Steele's ads run with absolutely no counterweight, and it's a long time between now and Election Day.  I know Steele's chances of actually winning the DC suburbs is about the same as me winning the lottery, but better safe than sorry.

    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 Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 08:34:12 AM PDT

    •  I agree (2+ / 0-)
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      Cardin & O'Malley need to be much more aggressive! They can't coast in on general dissatisfaction with the loathsome Bush! They have to tie Bush to Steele tightly!

      Let us resolve to be the masters,not the victims,of our history,controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions & emotions- JFK

      by vcmvo2 on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 08:57:15 AM PDT

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      •  O'Malley (2+ / 0-)
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        I've started seeing a few O'Malley / Brown ads in our area (montgomery County).

        Nothing from Cardin yet.  I think we're being taken for granted down here.

        Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. -8.75 / -6.10

        by Alegre on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 09:25:53 AM PDT

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        •  That's what worries me! (0+ / 0-)

          It needs to be a statewide campaign! I hope that is not true- write the campaigns, please! I'm in Carroll County or Ehrlich County and I'm used to being ignored!

          Let us resolve to be the masters,not the victims,of our history,controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions & emotions- JFK

          by vcmvo2 on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 09:29:31 AM PDT

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        •  Haven't seen many Cardin ads in Balto (2+ / 0-)
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          since the primary. Not sure why - are they out of money? Are they trying to come up with a message? He had some good ads prior to the primary, I don't know why he couldn't re-use some in the interim.

          This had better change and fast.

          •  Might be short on money (0+ / 0-)

            I don't know- have to check that out!

            Let us resolve to be the masters,not the victims,of our history,controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions & emotions- JFK

            by vcmvo2 on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 10:58:37 AM PDT

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          •  Spoke with O'Malley staffer (3+ / 0-)
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            over the weekend and he said that they thought Cardin was going to have a tougher race than Martin??  The funny thing is that he already knew about all the polls.  But when you look at this poll, Cardin is 11 up and O'Malley is only 6 up.  Even if you split the difference between SUSA and Sun polls Cardin is still up by what 5-6...it doesn't look like Cardin is in a tougher race to me?

            They both are looking good, with plenty of reasons to be cautious.

            •  I agree (1+ / 0-)
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              vcmvo2

              Cardin's margin is well outside the MOE, while O'Malley's is not. And I think there is more of a sit-home attitude with O'M, unfortunately.

              I don't know how much more support Steele can garner, either, but I'm not going to make any predictions on that one. I think it's possible that the anger about the primary may wane and the reality of putting a Republican in the Senate from Maryland will begin to take hold.

              But, then again, there's Rove.

              And that doesn't mean, either, that the state party doesn't have some work to do.

              •  O'Malley (2+ / 0-)
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                I'm thinking that the O'Malley staffer may be basing his/her statement on the fact that the O'Malley/Ehrlich numbers haven't really moved since February or so.

                People on both sides seem to be dug in for their guy.

                I'm still concerned, though, that Bobby could rally since he is personally popular.  If O'Malley has a scandal or screwup, Bob is position to gain quickly.

            •  The X factor (1+ / 0-)
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              Like it or not, Steele's stature as an African American GOP conservative is going to put polling all over the place.  Quite often African American candidacies mess up the polling model as they seem to make more voters willing to lie about preferences to pollsters.

              In the usual situation where the African American candidate is a Democrat, it seems to make the poll overestimate his support.  The Doug Wilder-Marshall Coleman race in VA is an example.  The polls showed a huge Wilder lead and he barely held on.

              This time, the African American voters may be the ones more willing to lie; stating that they won't vote race over party then doing exactly that.  Or at least sitting the race out.

              Or it could be that Mfume voters are now flurting with Steele, but will come home to the Dems and cause a blowout.

              We won't know until Nov 7.    

    •  I think (4+ / 0-)

      he may be relying on the post-primary wave. Only problem is, there really wasn't a plethora of coverage about his actual victory because of the massive screw ups here in MoCo.

      I agree with you 100% that Cardin needs to his the airwaves, fast.

      Watch a movie about the irresponsible folks at the March of Dimes

      by zenbowl on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 09:05:24 AM PDT

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  •  I've heard the Steele ads are good (2+ / 0-)
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    But the fact remains that he's an empty suit. He has never held elected office. He's made alot of stupid statements. And no one knows anything about him. He's not going to win in Maryland unless Cardin does something drastically stupid, and that's not going to happen.

    The only troubling thing is that some high profile African American Dems are supporting Steele. Take Baltimore ambulance chaser Bill Murphy for instance... My problem with him supporting Steele is that you know damn well he would have supported Mfume if he won. Murphy is as liberal as it gets. I hate to throw the racist card out there, but his support for Steele reaks of racism. Billy Murphy is a smart man and he knows that Steele's platform does not jibe with his own. I mean, Billy Murphy is the type of attorney that Republicans rail against all the time. He holds alot of sway in the black community and his support of Steele is nothing short of sickening and disappointing.

    With a big ol' lie And a flag and a pie And a mom and a bible Most folks are just liable To buy any line Any place, any time ~ FZ

    by f furney on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 08:37:12 AM PDT

    •  Since when has being an empty suit (4+ / 0-)
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      been a barrier to holding high office? In fact, it sometimes seems to be a requirement for candidacy. I'm still worried about this race.

      You fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is "Never get involved in a land war in Asia".

      by yellowdog on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 08:40:23 AM PDT

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      •  Just look at our President! (1+ / 0-)
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        The big thing he had going for him was that he "seemed like a regular guy," didn't have much of a track record to criticize, and was able to personally seem above the fray while having his henchmen slime the opposition.

      •  Tell that to Bush and Allen (2+ / 0-)
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        Being an empty suit has never hurt them.

        Take the NY-25: Dan Maffei for Congress

        by Progressive Moderate on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 08:45:30 AM PDT

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      •  Maryland is a blue State (0+ / 0-)

        We are not the typical Red State lemmings. This State didn't vote for Bush in 2004 and things have not gotten better for the Republicans. Steel has made plenty of statments which reveal him to be Bush and Cheney's puppet. Cardin will definitely be able to paint him into a corner. Steele isn't even man enough to debate Cardin.

        Additionally, since Ehrlich took office MD Dems have signed up 120,000 additional dems. Independents are second, followed by Republicans. He's toast. Spend your time worrying about other races. And I'm not saying don't support Cardin all you can, but this is not one to worry about.

        With a big ol' lie And a flag and a pie And a mom and a bible Most folks are just liable To buy any line Any place, any time ~ FZ

        by f furney on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 09:04:16 AM PDT

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      •  Me too! (1+ / 0-)
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        never forget 2000

        We need to get out the vote and not take a single vote for granted!

        Let us resolve to be the masters,not the victims,of our history,controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions & emotions- JFK

        by vcmvo2 on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 09:08:15 AM PDT

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    •  The Steele ads are not good (3+ / 0-)
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      never forget 2000, vcmvo2, Alegre

      Unless you consider holding an adult Boston Terrier and calling it a puppy a good campaign ad.

      Watch a movie about the irresponsible folks at the March of Dimes

      by zenbowl on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 09:06:01 AM PDT

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    •  Yep (4+ / 0-)

      And you're not throwing the race card out there- it's already there! I voted for Mfume in the primary but I wholeheartedly support Cardin in the general. Now the black community favors withdrawal from Iraq by 90%! Of that 90% 29% favor immediate withdrawal! That's why we need to tie Bush to Steele and publicize his support for Bush's "stay the course"in Iraq!

      So far 66% of African Americans support Cardin and 24% support Steele. The pollster Haller says, "It's an unprecedented number for a Republican running statewide against a prominent Democrat." Cardin has got to address this issue. Noone can afford to take the black vote for granted! Anthony Brown, O'Malley's running mate, is precisely the type of candidate that is a counterweight to empty suit Mike Steele. But alot of blacks want a black Senator & who can blame them?

      Let us resolve to be the masters,not the victims,of our history,controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions & emotions- JFK

      by vcmvo2 on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 09:07:19 AM PDT

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      •  Agree (2+ / 0-)
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        That's probably why Steele keeps ducking Cardin. He doesn't want it known that he suckles on Cheney's teet. He's content to make ads with a puppy and provide nothing with regards to his views. The problem is that Steele has provided enough stupid comments to work with.

        But you are right, Cardin needs to pin him down on Iraq. Someone needs to get an answer out him.

        With a big ol' lie And a flag and a pie And a mom and a bible Most folks are just liable To buy any line Any place, any time ~ FZ

        by f furney on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 09:34:47 AM PDT

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        •  He's hoping it's enough (0+ / 0-)

          I don't want to hang Maryland's blueness on the hope that people know what a phony Mike Steele is! They have to go negative on him - puppies or not!

          Let us resolve to be the masters,not the victims,of our history,controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions & emotions- JFK

          by vcmvo2 on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 09:44:42 AM PDT

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        •  Steele will avoid all issues at all costs (2+ / 0-)
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          Cardin, and the state Dem party, need to push issues, and push, and push, and push, but not look like bullies about it.

          When it becomes issues, and by issues I mean they need to pin Steele down on how he will vote, Steele will lose. He'll say he'll talk about what's wrong; that's why they have to push how he'll vote.

          •  He's claiming that he'll be an independent voice (1+ / 0-)
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            But that is hogwash and should be exposed as such. Steele is a buffoon and he needs to be seriously questioned on his support for Bush and his failed Iraq policy!

            Let us resolve to be the masters,not the victims,of our history,controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions & emotions- JFK

            by vcmvo2 on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 10:39:29 AM PDT

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            •  Voice, maybe; vote, no (1+ / 0-)
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              and that's where, IMO, they need to push him.

              •  They really should push him (1+ / 0-)
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                Because he'll just dance around the issue. At a debate this is one question they need to ask, "How will you vote? Will you vote against the President or your own Party?" I'd like to see him tie himself up in knots!

                Let us resolve to be the masters,not the victims,of our history,controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions & emotions- JFK

                by vcmvo2 on Tue Sep 26, 2006 at 07:15:44 AM PDT

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                •  That's exactly it. (1+ / 0-)
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                  If they don't push, he'll keep saying how he'll 'tell them what's wrong.'

                  I also really listened to his puppy ad last night for the first time; he says we have to fix Washington's problems before 'they' fix yours.

                  Someone ought to really push him on that. Is he saying he's not going to deal with the issues that people are concerned about? He's not going to deal with healthcare, the war, stagnant wages? That's what his ad says.

                  And that's where Cardin could, and should, hit him and hard.

                  •  Yeah he'll tell them what's wrong (1+ / 0-)
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                    While the cameras are rolling & then like every other "principled" Republican he'll fold like a cheap napkin the minute they pressure him to. Prime examples, McCain, Graham and Warner, famed for their anti-torture stance until they could redefine what torture means! Disgraceful all of them!

                    Let us resolve to be the masters,not the victims,of our history,controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions & emotions- JFK

                    by vcmvo2 on Tue Sep 26, 2006 at 08:47:58 AM PDT

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  •  This race (4+ / 0-)

    has the potential to swing around pretty wildly for a while.  This poll had the race tied as of a week ago.  With the MD primary ending so late, the fact that Cardin didn't really do a big primary push (I saw far more Rales ads than everyone else combines), and the first stage "I'm a nice guy" ads coming out from Steele-  lets just say I'm going to be highly skeptical of any poll until late October.  There's just a lot to shake out, and not much time to do it.

    Don't get me wrong, I think Cardin is going to win, but 11 points would surprise me.  5-7?  That's my bet.

    Just another 2L in the court of life...

    by BrodyV on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 08:39:26 AM PDT

    •  His 5 poll running average shows (3+ / 0-)
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      a 6 point lead.  I think that is right on the money for now.

      This poll just counters the previous one that showed Steele ahead by 1.

      If faced with a stark choice between security and freedom, doesn't it seem like the choice of a courageous, patriotic American should be obvious?

      by Ken in Tex on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 08:45:43 AM PDT

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    •  This poll and the SUSA poll were taken at (3+ / 0-)
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      approximately the same time. This one was Sept 15-18; the SUSA poll doesn't have a time frame but usually polling results come out within a couple of days of completion and the SUSA came out on the 20th.

      What is encouraging is that this poll has a larger number of respondents, and consequently a smaller margin of error, than the SUSA poll. The two polls must have a very different screen for likely voter.

      You fell victim to one of the classic blunders, the most famous of which is "Never get involved in a land war in Asia".

      by yellowdog on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 08:46:29 AM PDT

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    •  The Survey USA poll (3+ / 0-)
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      only used 522 likely voters, while the Sun poll was a statewide survey of 815 likely voters.

      Also no other poll has backed up the SurveyUSA poll.

      Help Maryland's Ben Cardin Defeat Bush's Homeboy, Michael Steele

      by Naturegal on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 08:50:53 AM PDT

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  •  I very much hope this poll is right, but (5+ / 0-)
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    my sense here in suburban Baltimore is that it's considerably closer than that.  None of us can afford to think this will be an easy hold, because I really think it's going to go down to the wire.

    Cardin absolutely HAS to get the conversation off race and atmospherics, and onto substance.  The two sides have exchanged letters about a debate schedule, but what Cardin needs to do is to start saying that he'll debate Steele on the issues whenever, and wherever he can.  If Steele only agrees to one debate, accept it and then pound him for not agreeing to more of them.

    I seriously doubt that Cardin would be that good a debater, but on the national issues, he's where most Marylanders are, and Steele is someplace very different.  And I wish the Cardin campaign would PLEASE start making the point that a vote for Steele is a vote to have the real power in the Senate belong to the right wing of the Republican Party, since they're the people who'll be the committee chairmen.

  •  Now can we say the SUSA poll was an outlier? (3+ / 0-)
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    SUSA is generally a good polling company, but they got this one wrong.

    Take the NY-25: Dan Maffei for Congress

    by Progressive Moderate on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 08:44:26 AM PDT

  •  While I welcome the good news of this poll (6+ / 0-)

    I don't like how the media is letting Steele get away with hiding his controversial views. In this article there's no mention that Steele's opinions, which are often the exact opposite of what most Marylanders believe, could be hurting him. Or the fact that he sticks his foot in his mouth pretty much anytime he opens it. Or the fact that he's a Bush lover. No mention of how those things might be hurting him.

    It's bad enough that Steele is avoiding public debates, but when the media also hides his opinions and their implications, it must stop.

    Steele is anti-choice, while Marylanders were recently polled at 65% pro-choice. He thinks stem cell research is akin to the Holocaust. He thinks the idea of minimum wage is "almost a fallacy," which explains why he backed Gov. Ehrlich's veto of the minimum wage increase. He supported Ehrlich's $120 million in cuts to higher education and the nearly 50 percent increases in tuition at places like the University of Maryland. He thinks a family earning $300,000 is a definition of "Middle America." He criticized Democrats for trying to help during Hurricane Katrina. And he calls Bush his "homeboy."

    Cardin is not ahead simply because there are a lot of Bush-hating Democrats in Maryland. Cardin is ahead because he represents the beliefs of most Marylanders, and he will not act as a rubber-stamp to incompetent, irresponsible government in the Senate.

    Since Steele is rolling in the millions that Bush, Cheney, and Rove have thrown his way, how about showing some love for our proud Democrat Ben Cardin. Send a donation so he can keep up with Steele's puppy-ad blitz.

    Help Maryland's Ben Cardin Defeat Bush's Homeboy, Michael Steele

    by Naturegal on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 08:55:58 AM PDT

    •  Wow (1+ / 0-)
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      It took me all morning to write this with the links to everything you just said in your comment. I was focused on the poll results because I just "knew" the SUSA poll was wrong. But to my mind, the reason the poll was wrong was for all the reasons summarized in your great comment! Thanks!

      Let us resolve to be the masters,not the victims,of our history,controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions & emotions- JFK

      by vcmvo2 on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 09:16:30 AM PDT

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  •  keep in mind (4+ / 0-)
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    Cardin has done no advertising since the primary and steele is all over the tube with puppies.Also
    once Steele and  Ehrlich are linked to Bush the polls should move even more.
    Actually Ehrlich has a positive job appproval but people here are sick of the fighting with the house  and senate leaders. We can get a lot more done in this state with a governor who is working with the legislature.

  •  Hammer home the stem cell comment (2+ / 0-)
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    He called stem cell research the same as the Holocaust.  This is something that voters should know more about .

    •  It was a big brouhaha at the time (0+ / 0-)

      Steele's staff underwent a huge shake-up, or at least that was the story. But I agree this needs to be given big play!

      Let us resolve to be the masters,not the victims,of our history,controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions & emotions- JFK

      by vcmvo2 on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 10:00:35 AM PDT

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    •  Also, Hopkins (2+ / 0-)
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      wants to become a national leader in stem cell research, and with the coming of their new biotech park, many jobs in this state will be dependent on this type of research.

      Between the ridiculousness of the comparison and the obvious opposition to this research, we should be able to hit him hard.

      •  Good point (0+ / 0-)

        I was focused on the lack of support in Maryland for the Iraq Misadventure but combining the two makes sense. Hopkins pulls alot of weight in Maryland!

        Let us resolve to be the masters,not the victims,of our history,controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions & emotions- JFK

        by vcmvo2 on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 10:42:24 AM PDT

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  •  Well, Cardin should be more visible (2+ / 0-)
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    in the next few days. HRC and Barack Obama will have appearances with him. Both appearances are in PG county I believe. That should provide favorable media coverage and get his name out there a little more....

    •  Excellent news! (0+ / 0-)

      Especially in Prince George's County plus HRC & Obama will bring the media spotlight to the race! Obama will be very helpful to the less than dynamic Cardin! No insult to Cardin intended but he is pretty mellow...

      Let us resolve to be the masters,not the victims,of our history,controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions & emotions- JFK

      by vcmvo2 on Mon Sep 25, 2006 at 11:03:52 AM PDT

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