|In the Maryland Primary, Opportunity Awaits
We confess to turning into C-Span junkies this election season.
While normal people are out at movies and parties, were home watching uncut speeches by presidential hopefuls.
We tune into long-winded orations of Bill Bradley, wondering if the hoopster-turned-senator has what it takes to inspire people. Were watching Vice President Al Gore trying to figure if behind his tortured elocution beats the heart of a man we can trust.
Were listening to Texas Gov. George W. Bush in hopes that well be there the day he departs from The Script. Were smiling as Sen. John McCain scolds the fat cats who pollute politics while we wonder how long it will take Republican fat cats to send him back to Arizona.
Were enjoying the political theater that fellow Marylander Alan Keyes brings to the dance. Were chuckling every time geeky Steve Forbes walks on the stage.
We may be strange, but well be ready in a month when its time to pick a candidate in Marylands primary election.
If youre plugged out, youre not alone. Maryland is one of 11 states that hold presidential primaries on March 7, the day were likely to know both parties nominees in the 2000 election.
Unfortunately, the Maryland election is all but ignored in the national media because of the truly big contests that day in California, New York and Ohio, to name three.
Dont be lured into thinking were not important. Maryland is known for giving victories and hope to appealing candidates, Democrats Jerry Brown and the late Paul Tsongas among them.
Now is the time to find out what this years White House hopefuls are saying about environmental issues. About globalization. About spending our tax money. About educating our kids for a new Internet-driven world. Life wont always be as cushy as it seems today.
But you must hurry: Maryland is among states that make it tough on voters. If youre not already registered, you must register by 9pm on Friday, Feb. 11. Register in person at MVA offices and many state government buildings. Or pick up a form at your post office and remember to mail it back right away. Call 800/222-VOTE for details.
Then grab your newspaper, turn on C-SPAN and see who you want to hire.