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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Simple Sambo wants to move to the big house


I's Simple Sambo and I's running
for the Big House

Steele Vows to Link Democrats, GOP
Lt. Governor Makes Senate Race Official

By Matthew Mosk
Washington Post Staff Writer
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.

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 (D).

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 said.
...................

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.

Republicans are 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 Towson University.

"An uphill battle," said Richard Hug, Ehrlich's chief fundraiser.
Ehrlich's people are already abandoning Simple Sambo.

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 swim.

When your boss's money people are laughing at you in print, well, Simple Sambo has a long way to go.

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?

I get the feeling the grand jury would have charged them with unicorn theft if they could.

posted by Steve @ 8:41:00 AM

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