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MC DC Kill the Music Cancel the Victory Dance“Excellent Smithers. Release the hounds.”
Or, if you prefer, “The die is cast.”
New or ancient reference, the bottom line is there’s a three-way race now underway for County Council.
Marc Elrich, the Democrat is squared off against Republican Robin Ficker - the notorious gadlfy popular for a variety of things, including yelling at professional basketball players and getting a term limit measure leveled on county councilmembers.
That move alone has earned Ficker a huge following as county voters, unable to move themselves into a voting booth, can now rely on term limits to automatically kick out the best, the worst and the mediocre councilmembers after three consecutive terms.
Ficker hopes to turn his popularity into a trip to the County Executive’s chair and guess what? He has a better chance than most Republicans in this very blue county at getting the results he wants.
The reason is twofold. It isn’t just that voters love the idea of automatically kicking out the rascals.
One of those rascals, Nancy Floreen (a Democrat) has apparently obtained enough signatures to enter the race as an independent.

There she hopes to attract moderate and pro-business Democrats who, like former County Executive Doug Duncan, think the Democratic candidate, Elrich, is secretly a socialist.
As long as I’ve known all three of these candidates I can tell you none of them are secretly anything. They are exactly what they claim to be.
Elrich, who is onboard with seducing Amazon into Montgomery County has been tough on business, but only to the extent that he wants businesses to pay their fair share in taxes and make sure the county doesn’t overbuild in relation to its infrastructure.
Ficker is as traditionally Republican as one can be, though some secretly think he’s Donald Trump in rumpled clothing.
Floreen, a typically moderate Democrat is secretly seen as a tool of developers who are eager to rip and tear the fabric of the county and its wonderful Agricultural reserve asunder.
If you’re looking for characters instead of people, then Elrich is cast as Bernie Sanders, Floreen as Hillary Clinton and Ficker as Donald Trump - without all the annoying tweets.
Again, it would be simplifying a complex situation to cast these three people as characters instead of people.
But there will be a lot of casting about to insult and belittle these three candidates before the general election and since this newspaper does not endorse candidates, we will not indulge in this behavior.
We will conduct a candidate forum in September for all three candidates and will encourage our readers and the voters of this county to tune in and decide for themselves who is the best candidate.
We’ll ask questions and they’ll provide the answers - we hope.
But in casting about for characters instead of people, the voters should notice one thing that cannot be denied.
Floreen’s entry into the race divides the Democratic party.
The moderate and conservatives who routinely vote Democratic will be more than enticed by Floreen’s entry into the race.
Elrich will have no problem getting his solid base to vote for him, and his appeal outside of his base should be strong enough to draw a good portion of the moderates, though few of the conservatives.
The wildcard, of course, is the irascible and erstwhile Ficker.
Riding the popularity of the term-limit legislation, Ficker has become better known and more palatable as a candidate in the last two years.
For Republicans who’ve never had a hope of winning a major office in Montgomery County, he could become the party’s standard bearer and bring out more money, organization and votes than any Republican candidate in recent memory.
In short, the local Democrats are set to repeat the mistakes the Democrats made on a national level in the last Presidential election.
No one believed Donald Trump has a chance.
No one believes Ficker has a chance.
The arrogance and ignorance of the Democrats would be amusing if it weren’t so damn sad.
Both major parties in American politics suffer from an arrogance born of years of complacency and in Montgomery County under the firm belief only Democrats can be elected.

@BrianKarem

 

“Excellent Smithers. Release the hounds.”

Or, if you prefer, “The die is cast.”

New or ancient reference, the bottom line is there’s a three-way race now underway for County Council.

Marc Elrich, the Democrat is squared off against Republican Robin Ficker - the notorious gadlfy popular for a variety of things, including yelling at professional basketball players and getting a term limit measure leveled on county councilmembers.

That move alone has earned Ficker a huge following as county voters, unable to move themselves into a voting booth, can now rely on term limits to automatically kick out the best, the worst and the mediocre councilmembers after three consecutive terms.

Ficker hopes to turn his popularity into a trip to the County Executive’s chair and guess what? He has a better chance than most Republicans in this very blue county at getting the results he wants.

The reason is twofold. It isn’t just that voters love the idea of automatically kicking out the rascals.

One of those rascals, Nancy Floreen (a Democrat) has apparently obtained enough signatures to enter the race as an independent.

There she hopes to attract moderate and pro-business Democrats who, like former County Executive Doug Duncan, think the Democratic candidate, Elrich, is secretly a socialist.

As long as I’ve known all three of these candidates I can tell you none of them are secretly anything. They are exactly what they claim to be.

Elrich, who is onboard with seducing Amazon into Montgomery County has been tough on business, but only to the extent that he wants businesses to pay their fair share in taxes and make sure the county doesn’t overbuild in relation to its infrastructure.

Ficker is as traditionally Republican as one can be, though some secretly think he’s Donald Trump in rumpled clothing.

Floreen, a typically moderate Democrat is secretly seen as a tool of developers who are eager to rip and tear the fabric of the county and its wonderful Agricultural reserve asunder.

If you’re looking for characters instead of people, then Elrich is cast as Bernie Sanders, Floreen as Hillary Clinton and Ficker as Donald Trump - without all the annoying tweets.

Again, it would be simplifying a complex situation to cast these three people as characters instead of people.

But there will be a lot of casting about to insult and belittle these three candidates before the general election and since this newspaper does not endorse candidates, we will not indulge in this behavior.

We will conduct a candidate forum in September for all three candidates and will encourage our readers and the voters of this county to tune in and decide for themselves who is the best candidate.

We’ll ask questions and they’ll provide the answers - we hope.

But in casting about for characters instead of people, the voters should notice one thing that cannot be denied.

Floreen’s entry into the race divides the Democratic party.

The moderate and conservatives who routinely vote Democratic will be more than enticed by Floreen’s entry into the race.

Elrich will have no problem getting his solid base to vote for him, and his appeal outside of his base should be strong enough to draw a good portion of the moderates, though few of the conservatives.

The wildcard, of course, is the irascible and erstwhile Ficker.

Riding the popularity of the term-limit legislation, Ficker has become better known and more palatable as a candidate in the last two years.

For Republicans who’ve never had a hope of winning a major office in Montgomery County, he could become the party’s standard bearer and bring out more money, organization and votes than any Republican candidate in recent memory.

In short, the local Democrats are set to repeat the mistakes the Democrats made on a national level in the last Presidential election.

No one believed Donald Trump has a chance.

No one believes Ficker has a chance.

The arrogance and ignorance of the Democrats would be amusing if it weren’t so damn sad.

Both major parties in American politics suffer from an arrogance born of years of complacency and in Montgomery County under the firm belief only Democrats can be elected.

 

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