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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Elections Open Thread

Here is something funny that someone put on YouTube:




With less than a week until the election, what do you think of the current state of both the local and national elections? I think all of the metrics are indicating a very big wave nationally (maybe as high as a 55-65 seat pick up in the House and a 5-7 seat pick up in the Senate), but wave years are very hard to predict. Right now I would look to some surprise Democratic pick ups in the West. Locally I don't think I can remember a more depressing election year. Do you have any predictions? What have you been seeing from the candidates? Feel free to discuss both local and national elections.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Dave Wissing said...

Local elections depressing? I could not disagree more. Actually, I think this has been the most exciting local election I can ever remember in Howard County, no matter how it turns out on November 7th. Four open Council seats, an open Executive seat, two contested races for Governor and US Senate, which are a rarity in Maryland. On the local level, except for a few instances, I have also been rather impressed that the campaign has been more issues oriented.

While it has been stressful at times (District 5 GOP primary comes to mind for me), I've had more fun this year getting involved in the campaigns than I can ever remember and am afraid I am going to have withdrawal when it ends. In fact, 2008 is going to be a bore in Howard County and Maryland compared to this year.

Evan, I'd be interested to hear you expand on why you think it is been depressing. I could not disagree with you more.

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it has been a very interesting year. Who do you think is running the best campaigns? Which campaigns have been the most disciplined, best mail, best websites, best advertising, best signs?

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw the Schrader mail today accusing Robey of not respecting women. I found it extremely offensive - the photo of a woman cowering on the front. Say what you want about Robey, but he has not be demeaning toward women. Women in HC are too smart for this kind of trashy mail.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Steve Fine said...

Watching people unfairly blame the fact that there is an ongoing discussion about Town Center's future on Ken Ulman is pretty dam depressing. Watching good Dems fall for the Republican B.S. is even more depressing.

Cardin will win, so will O'Malley. Will their (and the legislative deligation's) coattails pull it out for the rest? Its hard to tell, because there is not any public independant polling around. So don't be depressed unless your privy to some inside polling information.

Don't mope, work harder!

-Steve Fine
stevefine.blogspot.com

3:44 PM  
Anonymous David W. Keelan said...

Very exciting. Hard working. Just took a week vacation to work for some campaigns. Withdrawl will follow.

I encourage everyone to head out of Howard County to the Irish Festival at the Timonium Fairgrounds for a pint and a chance to catch some great music and catch their breath.

Wissing and Evan, the first pint is on me. Steve... you too.

4:00 PM  
Blogger Evan said...

An election can be both exciting and depressing. This is definitely the most exciting election in years. I however find it depressing because of the choices. I do not like my choices in the State Senate race and I am deeply saddened by how the County Exec race is turning out.

As for assessing who has run the best campaigns and all the components there in, I think I will wait until after the elections to give my assessment, but I am curious to here what you guys think?

10:46 PM  
Anonymous David W. Keelan said...

There are two races that I have noticed that haven't been clean. I am talking local. O'Malley and Ehrlich are going at each other with baseball bats - no one has landed a hit yet.

Those two races are Senate 13 and the County Executive Race. The people at work who see my Merdon bumper sticker have been coming up and telling me they are getting tired of Ken's mailer therealchris.com and are glad Merdon didn't respond. They don't care about 13.

10:56 PM  

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