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More national security democrats

By Michael J. Smith on Thursday September 7, 2006 12:15 PM

J Alva Scruggs writes:
Ben Cardin, who voted for the Patriot Act and, after it had proven to be a disastrously bad expansion of executive power, voted for its renewal has won the endorsement of (god give me strength) "Dutch" Ruppersberger. Cardin is running against Kweisi Mfume, who has stated that he opposes the Patriot Act and would not have voted for it had he been in office.

Endorsement story:


Maryland Democratic Reps. Al Wynn and Elijah Cummings will endorse former Rep. Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.) on Wednesday in his bid to win the party's Senate nomination in the Sept. 12 primary, a spokesman for Mfume's campaign said.

The Democrats in the Maryland congressional delegation have split along racial lines. Wynn and Cummings, who are black, will back Mfume while Reps. Steny Hoyer, the minority whip, and Dutch Ruppersberger, who are white, have contributed money to Rep. Ben Cardin. Only Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has not given money to either candidate.

About 30 percent of Maryland's population is black and the community is an important segment of the Democratic vote, especially in Baltimore and Prince George's County, which account for more than 75 percent of the Democratic nominee's vote, according to the Baltimore Sun. Forty percent of primary voters could be black.

Patriot Act votes:

Cardin, judging by his public record, is a biddable nonentity. He's running on a platform of "licking cancer by 2015".

Here's a picture of "Dutch". My co-blogger commented that even in a photo-op, he instinctively extends his hand to conceal evidence:

Comments (3)

J. Alva Scruggs:

The Washington Post has some details on Cardin's campaign finances (and for people who want to double check, his Open Secrets profile).

js paine:

scruggs how rewired his roach motel btw
and is back flogging his line of sick humor
keeps forcing this oaf's image on us
for enervation purposes

he's all pretext gang

pretext post text and subtext
anything but seeming so

a skizzy eyerich surface

u can depend apon it ...

just the antic ticket
to vail
a poisonous rock fish
as a pocket jon bennet stewart

ahoy mates
beware all shallows ahead

lest sleeper meme banks
do more to you
then just
scrape yer keel arrgh

J. Alva Scruggs:

JSP, you hurt my feelings :'-(

Dutch is the poster boy for reasons to avoid Democrats. He's a kind of cultural icon, like Paris Hilton, who needs an apple in his mouth and a strong glaze (to hide the flavor). I have to thank Tim D for introducing him. When I feel myself wavering into an urge to triangulate, Dutch restores my resolve.

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