Either this past Sunday or Monday, I really can’t remember which day just now, I sent Maryland Governor, Larry Hogan, a courtesy message letting him know that I was very seriously – and I can’t stress that enough – very seriously considering running against him for Governor in the 2018 MDGOP primary for Governor.
What kind of moronic, egotistical. basket case would even dare to consider running against a popular Governor in the primary? This kind of moronic, egotistical, basket case, is who. This guy, right here.
Yeah, yeah, yeah – I know. Seriously, what are the odds of me (or anyone) beating a Governor with a 70-something approval rating in his own party’s primary? 10% (1 out of 10), 1% (1 out of 100), 1/1oth of 1% (1 out of 1000)? To which I say: So what? To quote John Belushi’s character, Bluto, in the greatest comedy movie of all-time, “Animal House”…
“Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?”
Which more or less leads me to my reason for so strongly considering putting my name on the ballot: Why not? Seriously, it’s not like they can find any further dirt on me, is it? I mean, I guess they could make shit up and the like, but who cares? I don’t. Couple that with how much fun it would be…and judging from some of the encouragement and open support my giving it thought has already garnered – not to mention some of the folks who’ve offered to be my LG candidate (5 people so far, 3 of whom are well known MDGOP commodities) it would be a blast!
Anyway, besides “Why not?,” the next biggest reason for my considering a run is that – in addition to my belief that no one should get a free ride, ever – Larry Hogan (whom I really do like, personally) needed to do SOMETHING besides reduce a few tolls and issue an Executive Order on when schools can start. And, I’m not talking about the “manufactured crisis” du jour regarding air conditioning in schools. I’m talking about how he could have and should have cut the damned budget – which, in Maryland, the governor can do (and there ain’t much the legislature can do about it) – how he could have issued an executive order on CCW turning MD from a “may issue” to a “shall issue” state.
And, don’t even start me on the fact that Planned Parenthood has yet to be defunded in the once “Free State” of Maryland…as it has been in New Jersey, where Larry Hogan’s pal, Governor Chris Christie holds court. In the “not exactly a bastion of rightwing extremism” of New Jersey, Christie has defunded Planned Parenthood – and yet, magically perhaps, somehow both Chris Christie and PP continue to exist up yonder.
So, why hasn’t Larry Hogan done the same thing in Maryland?
Again, I’m considering a run – and, in writing about it here, I’ve just listed my top three issues should I do so: Budget, CCW and letting Planned Parenthood fend for themselves. After that, I’d probably take a nap and leave y’all alone.
I will likely make my decision within a month or so of this November’s Presidential Election and, should I run, I’ll very likely announce my candidacy right around the start of the legislative session. I’m just that kind of guy.
What would Andy Kaufman do?