O'Malley is Outstanding in Ocean City - Day 2 of the Teachers Convention
Martin O'Malley is one of the best politicians I've ever seen. I mean, I support what he stands for, and I like the challenges he took on as Mayor of Baltimore, but there's more than that. The guy just exudes charisma. It permeates every room he's in, even the cavernous Ocean City Convention Center. It gets inside you and inspires you in a way that most politicians could never dream of doing. It's just like what Barack Obama has, that indefinable something that can make a person great. And it's one more reason why O'Malley is going to stomp Ehrlich in November.
Ben Cardin spoke to us today also, and I gotta tell you, the Congressman has come a long way. The first time I saw him speak, back in January or February, I remember thinking that I could tape that speech and keep it in case I ever had sleeping problems. But now, he gets people to stand and applaud on his clincher lines. I think Moco is right and the SUSA poll is way off, but even if it's not, here's why I'm confident about the senate race: Cardin always took Steele down on the issues, and as he's developed a more charismatic campaign persona in his speeches and ads he's begun to undermine the only real advantage Steele has - that nice guy image. Until all that's left is a guy who likes puppies.
Anthony Brown has also come a long way - not that he didn't have an inborn talent for politics. But I've been more impressed with him every time I've seen him. Win or lose, Brown's got a huge future in Maryland politics.
All in all, I'm feeling pretty pumped up about November 7. But I'll tell you this: for the last two cycles, I've gone into election night confident about Democratic chances, and both times I've ended the night sorely disappointed. It's become a tradition, that election night depression and the week-long scowl that follows. But this time, this time I'm feeling good. Only problem is, if we win, I won't really know how to act afterwards.