Gov. Larry Hogan in his office. Photo by Rachel Bluth, Capital News Service

Guest column: Democrats in a daze — again: The election’s implications for Maryland in 2018

A critical election has just ended, and Democrats are walking around in a daze. The pre-Election Day polls were close, but Democrats were confident they were going to win. In fact, they couldn’t really imagine losing.

They had demographics and recent electoral history on their side. But instead, the voters delivered a stunning rebuke. They wanted change, not more of the same. The results were close – but decisive.

Opinion: Very real fears about a Trump presidency

In her column for Maryland Reporter on Tuesday, Delegate Trent Kittleman tells Marylanders not to worry about a Trump presidency. She calls his inflammatory and reprehensible statements on the campaign trail “hyperbole.” She states that he is doing “everything possible to bring people together.” Delegate Eric Luedtke writes he is shocked at how thoroughly Delegate Kittleman misunderstands the fear that has gripped many Marylanders since the election. He is also “aghast at her temerity in arguing based on absolutely zero evidence that Trump will be somehow a moderate and reasonable president.:

Opinion: The only thing we have to fear is not President-elect Trump

Dealing with political loss is difficult. I’ve probably had more practice than most, being a Republican in Maryland. Eventually, the pain goes away. The one thing I want to say, here, however, is that you need not harbor “fear” in addition to your pain. I’ve heard a number of people say that they fear what President-elect Trump might do or say as president based on the personality they saw during the campaign. Don’t worry; he won’t.

President Obama meets with President-Elect Trump in the Oval Office on Thursday. Official White House Photo by Peter Souza.

Presidents destroy their own legacies with overreach; will Trump?

Pundits aplenty are dissecting why Hillary Clinton lost and Donald Trump won. Rather than do that, I would caution President Elect Trump against hubris, disrespect, and overreach. President Obama campaigned hard over the past few weeks. He hit the hustings with vigor in minority communities to exhort African Americans to protect his legacy. His legacy is firmly intact: He has destroyed the Democratic Party, as we know it.

Opinion: Sponsor says vote for Question 1, respect the will of voters

As the last of the voters weigh in during today’s polarizing presidential election, I’m hopeful they’ll unite around a vote “for” Question 1.A vote “for” Question 1 respects the will of the voters at the last election, and it later gives them an opportunity to vote for their elected officials. Our constitutional amendment would require the governor to choose a temporary replacement from the same party as the outgoing official, and then we’d hold a special election to fill the remainder of the term during the next regularly scheduled election.

Caricatures by DonkeyHotey with Flickr Creative Commons License

Rascovar: Buckle your election seatbelts!

Okay, so Maryland’s votes don’t really matter in tomorrow’s tumultuous climax to an unpredictable, deeply divisive political campaign for president. We already know the outcome in heavily Democratic Maryland. The record-breaking flood of Democrats during early voting is a clear sign it could be another wipeout for Republicans running statewide. The two GOP candidates, Donald Trump (for president) and Kathy Szeliga (for U.S. Senate) need a miracle-and-a-half to win in the Free State this year.

Rascovar: What the early voting tsunami means

Now we know how to get Americans to vote in impressive numbers – present them with a choice between an outrageously controversial narcissist and an outrageous political shader of the truth – and then let the media turn the whole shebang into a smarmy Reality TV circus.It’s worked wonders in propelling early voting across the country to record numbers this fall.