The Jewish Times’ analysis of the recent Maryland gubernatorial race (“Hogan Dominates,” Nov. 7) attributed Hogan’s victory to voter disco-tent with the O’Malley administration’s tax hikes. But the real “elephant” in the room of this unexpected GOP triumph lies elsewhere.
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D.-La.) put her finger on it with her comment about ”the South not always being the friendliest toward blacks.” And Maryland is, indeed, a Southern state. Nationally, besides President Obama’s failure to publicize and defend his achievements, I really believe the underlying issue was race. Since whites couldn’t vote against Obama directly, they went after candidates in his party. That trumped even threats to Social Security and Medicare. Even, it seems, in blue Maryland.
True, there was an element of complacency in the Brown-Ulman camp, and poor minority turnout was an issue, but how else can Hogan’s whopping 5-point margin of victory be explained, other than the rednecks on the Eastern Shore and in Western Maryland and in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties were highly motivated to come out and make sure that Anthony Brown did not become Maryland’s first African-American governor. Conclusive proof: League of the South affiliate Michael Peroutka won a seat on the Anne Arundel County Council.
The fact that Boyd Rutherford, Hogan’s running mate, is African-American is beside the point. After all, there were African-Americans who fought on the side of the Confederacy during the Civil War.