Editor's Notebook

By the cold light of day

Jamie Raskin

The 2016 Maryland primary is history and we may in fact be tempted to look back on this moment some 20 years from now as a turning point in the electoral process.

In the U.S. Senate race between Chris Van Hollen and Donna Edwards we had two elected officials with track records running for the seat being vacated by Barbara Mikulski.

In the 8th Congressional race we stared into the abyss of an election that at the moment is being vilified as the most expensive congressional primary  race in U.S. history.

It appears the cold light of reality is providing some warmth for those who profess to still have faith in the system.


And so now we vote...


It’s that wonderful time of the year following the cherry blossoms and prior to the dreary dog days of summer when the ground bakes and your head aches.


It’s that delicious time when it’s too hot and too cold all within a 24-hour span and we can expect rain, hail, maybe some snow and definitely some sunshine.

It’s spring when a man with a political fancy turns to voting.

This primary season there are about 70 candidates on the ballot in Montgomery and all of them have something to offer.


A dirty little bathroom secret

5485ab649cec4.imageOf all the columns I’ve written for this newspaper in the last decade, the one I recently penned regarding “White Privilege” garnered the most hate mail I’ve ever received.

Being accused of being a “reverse Oreo cookie,” a lover of people of color and “the stupidest human being on the planet” as well as having intimate knowledge of my mother, sister, brother and several of my pets was the tip of the iceberg.

I suppose I should be angry.

I am not. I was amused and surprised, but anyone who knows me also knows I really don’t care.

However, I applaud the imagination of the reader who made the scatological death threat. I had to laugh at that as it is a unique method of torture I hadn’t actually thought of before – so thanks for that.

If the prospect of “White Privilege” angers you, then I’m destined to anger the rest of the world this week.

The issue this week has to do with using the public restroom. We received dozens of letters and many comments on social media about “Keeping our restroom experiences pure” and how people dressed as one gender shouldn’t be allowed to be in a public bathroom if their genitalia are that of the opposite gender from their attire - or opposite from the label on the restroom door.


My dad’s dirty laundry



My father taught me a lot. So did my grandfather, grandmother, my mother and every other adult who had influence over me when I was younger, including but not limited to coaches, teachers and the guy who ran the Convenient Food Mart across the street from the Showcase Cinemas and King Fish Restaurant in Buechel.

My dad, in particular taught me some ideals which have stuck with me. “Any idiot can start a fire,” he told me. “It takes an adult to know how to put one out.”


The case of the media vs. Sir Donald Duck Trump

constitutionLet’s talk about Journalism. The Free Press.
We media folk recently got a lot of flak for the extensive amount of coverage given to Presidential aspirant Donald Duck Trump.
It is estimated the Donald has been the recipient of almost two billion dollars worth of free advertising since he tossed his clown nose in the ring which may or not be true, but for the sake of argument let’s say it is a fact.
No less than President Barack Obama recently took the press to task for our infatuation with Donald and all things Trump related.
“A job well done is about more than just handing someone a microphone. It is to probe and to question, and to dig deeper, and to demand more. The electorate would be better served if that happened. It would be better served if billions of dollars in free media came with serious accountability,” The President is quoted as saying at a Washington D.C. dinner and in an online Fortune Magazine article.


The matter of White Privilege


GODI tried to listen quietly as the woman on the phone berated me regarding privileged youths, indulging and sheltering our children and matters of racism.

It is on the issue of race where I began to chafe.

If you, as the woman on the phone do not believe there is such a thing as white privilege, then you are sadly and horribly mistaken.

The color of your skin affects the way everyone interacts with you. So does your religion, the way you dress, your gender, your socioeconomic standing, your job and your politics.

To ignore these facts is to be delusional.


A matter of time

MC DC - Metrorail Closed for Business

It was inevitable. The Metro died. Long live Metro.


Shortly after midnight on Wednesday the subway went silent for the first time since it opened.

Safety concerns and a fire like the one which recently resulted in the death of a woman at L’Enfant Plaza led Metro managers to close the subway and inspect some 600 similar sites throughout the system.


I'm still waiting for the blind baton twirler


BelushiSomewhere or some when during the course of the Republican nomination process in 2016 someone slipped in a script for an Animal House sequel.

Senator Blutarsky is talking about the size of his uniquely male secondary sexual characteristics while one of his opponents, “Flounder,” is devouring suddenly appearing, unidentifiable cubicles of semi-white apparent food from his lips while he makes his campaign points live on national television.


Mother's Milk Of Politics

IMG 5707David Trone was emphatic, “You shouldn’t have to apologize for success,” he said defending using his personal wealth in his run for the District 8 congressional seat being vacated by Chris Van Hollen.
According to Trone special interest groups are “continuing to corrode democracy,” but his wealth afforded him complete independence. He made these points in a debate sponsored by The Montgomery County Sentinel last week.
He is right about special interest groups. He is also right about other candidates for the office he seeks who have their problems with the stain of money haunting them.
But there is a logical fallacy in Trone’s argument. First there is the statement attributed to a California politician; “If you can't eat their food, drink their booze, screw their women, take their money and then vote against them you've got no business being up here.”
Trone believes huge amounts of money from PACs and special interest groups are influencing his other opponents for the democratic nomination for Congress, specifically, and all politicians in general. This suggests Trone only believes the truly honest politician would either be the extremely wealthy who owes nothing to special interests or the candidate who refuses to accept large donations and has a grass roots following.

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