So MD Delegate David Vogt (rhymes with Goat) has just been endorsed by 20 members of Maryland’s political class in his bid to win the GOP nomination for the right to likely get his doors blown off by 6th District Congressman, John Delaney in November of 2016.
After thinking about this “development” for a bit, the only thing that’s come to my mind – well, one of the only things – is “Who cares?” Not me, not enough to list those prized endorsers here.
A sitting member of the House of Delegates gets endorsed in the Republican primary by mainly other Republican members of the House of Delegates.
Yeah, like THAT’s never happened before.
So, why is David Vogt releasing his list of endorsements now? To play up the whole “inevitability” thing – as in it is inevitable that he will win the primary. Well, that, and to scare off potential rivals and challengers as well as to get a perceived leg up on challengers already in the race.
I’ve got news for David Vogt. In today’s volatile political world, there is no longer any such thing as “inevitability.” Granted, he may very well win the primary, but his victory is anything but inevitable.
(David Vogt: Would you like a ballot with your sandwich?)
Back to the fact Vogt got these endorsements…
It’s just another example of the political class attempting to protect one of its own. That’s it. No more, no less. I can already hear it now, all the buzzing going on, “Hey, Vogt, remember when I endorsed you? Well, it’s my turn now. I want you to…”
The interesting thing about all of this is that no one, other than the elected officials themselves, cares anymore what elected officials think as long as the citizens feel as though they are being milked. Endorsements never meant very much, anyway, but endorsements of a politician from other politicians? They mean less than zero these days. I hear that everywhere, all the time, ad infinitum, ad nauseum. It’s as if it’s become poison to be elected to any office at any level, anywhere, these days.
Finally, in making his run for Congress, Vogt is playing it safe; if he wins the primary and loses to Delaney in the general election, he keeps his delegate seat. And, it is so, so, important to him that he be elected to SOMETHING. The man’s ambition and his messianic complex are astounding in their breadth and depth. Hell, here he is running for Congress and he has yet to even complete a full one term as delegate.
So, yes, David Vogt’s playing it safe. Well, he is other than when he’s smearing other folks by implying other folks are trying to smear him.
Isn’t that right, Mr. Vogt?