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.

Maryland grows more politically polarized, like rest of U.S.

While Maryland voted for the Democratic candidate in 2016 for the seventh straight presidential election, a deepening Republican loyalty in more rural areas of the state indicates increased polarization throughout Maryland. While liberal-leaning urban areas helped Hillary Clinton secure Maryland’s 10 electoral votes and Democratic candidates won all but one U.S. House seat Tuesday, the state’s liberal base didn’t perform according to expectations.