Simple Sambo wants
to move to the big house
I's Simple Sambo and I's
for the Big
Vows to Link Democrats, GOP
Lt. Governor Makes Senate
By Matthew Mosk
Washington Post Staff
Wednesday, October 26, 2005; Page B09
Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele formally
launched his bid for U.S. Senate yesterday, standing on his
own for the first time since a successful political
partnership with Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. catapulted him to
statewide office.Ehrlich's people
are already abandoning Simple Sambo.
With Gov. Ehrlich (R) sitting in
the front row and a crowd of supporters cheering in a Prince
George's Community College field house, Steele kicked off
what promises to be a bruising 2006 campaign for the seat
being vacated by five-term Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes
Steele delivered a rousing populist speech that
never mentioned his Republican Party affiliation and
appeared to take swipes at both parties, including the same
Washington insiders who urged him to enter the race and
financed his exploratory committee.
The first black
to win statewide office in Maryland, Steele, 47, promised
that he would make history again by being a bridge -- "a
bridge of steel" -- between Democrats and Republicans,
between Capitol Hill and Main Street.
"A bridge that
not only brings both parties together but, more importantly,
brings all of us closer to one another," he
Instead, Steele gave the
first glimpse of the delicate line he will attempt to tread
as he seeks to marshal support in a state where Democrats
outnumber Republicans on voter rolls by a margin of nearly 2
to 1 and where a new poll shows President Bush's support
among blacks at just 3 percent.
seeing Steele as their best hope in years for a Senate seat.
But even among Ehrlich loyalists, there were mixed views
about Steele's ability to pull it off.
"He would need
a perfect storm," said Richard E. Vatz, a professor at
"An uphill battle," said Richard
Hug, Ehrlich's chief fundraiser.
And if he thinks
he can win Baltimore and the DC suburbs, he's on crack. Black
people will not only not vote for him, but regard him with
contempt. When he said it was no big deal that Ehrlich held an
event in a restricted country club, he showed himself to be
Simple Sambo, untrustworthy and unreliable. Now, his bossman's
people look like they're gonna let him sink, not
When your boss's money people are laughing at you
in print, well, Simple Sambo has a long way to
Wait? The 2 percent poll wasn't an outlier like so
many people said? Wow. It would really suck to be facing a DC
jury and working for the White House, wouldn't it?
get the feeling the grand jury would have charged them with
unicorn theft if they could.
posted by Steve @ 8:41:00