Bob Ehrlich not so keen on Obama
We've been reading all sorts of the tea leaves over the last year or two in an effort to figure out of Bob Ehrlich is positioning himself for a rematch with Martin O'Malley. Count his op-ed in today's Washington Post as a big vote for "No."
Ehrlich blasts Obama's inaugural speech as fomenting class warfare and leading to "a full retreat to limited economic horizons and a collective national guilt trip." When it comes to Obama's stimulus plan, new pro-union legislation, an end to Bush-era detention of terrorism suspects without due process, "a future of limited horizons rather than growth and opportunity, and plain old divisive class-warfare rhetoric," Ehrlich asks to be counted among the loyal opposition.
That is perfectly understandable. Ehrlich is, after all, a Republican and an alum of the Gingrich revolution of 1994. It's just not particularly well tuned to the opinion of most Marylanders who, so far, are giving Obama sky-high approval ratings. Ehrlich's ability to get elected statewide in Maryland is dependent on his ability to pitch himself as a moderate. Going after a popular new Democratic president in a Democratic state doesn't seem like the way to do it.