Positive Developments

Two positive developments.

1. Ron Smith is now an oped contributor for the Baltimore Sun. His first column ran yesterday.

To most everyone’s surprise, some people’s anger and other people’s delight, The Sun offered me the opportunity to write a weekly op-ed column. It’s unlikely that anyone was more shocked at this development than I was.

One accusation made against liberals in academe and the media is that while they preach the joys and benefits of racial and sexual diversity, they shun diversity of thought – political opinions that contradict their own. Suffice it to say that over the years there have been significant and sometimes well-publicized differences of opinion between the folks on North Calvert Street and the man (me) behind the microphone afternoons on WBAL radio.So the decision-makers at The Sun must think it is good for business to provide diversity of opinion. There can be no other explanation for allowing me this platform, since I’ve been known to cruelly mock liberal pieties and am not willing to control that impulse.

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Judging by the shrieking harpies on the Sun’s comment section, Ron is off to a good start. He will cement the truth of William F. Buckley’s dictum that “Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.”

I’ve been a guest on Ron’s show several times and I can tell you he will pull no punches, in Governor O’Malley’s pet daily. I know we here at Red Maryland look forward to more mocked liberal pieties.

2. Our colleague and our occasional national politics contributor, Martin Watcher, cracked the Top 10 of PolitickerMD’s 2008 Power List.

Coming in at the 9 spot:

Love him or hate him, the anonymous blogger behind OMalleyWatch.com helps shape the inside CW with his widely read morning musings on state government.

Congrats Martin Watcher, it is well deserved. I can’t tell you how many people stop to ask me where I got my Owe’Malley: Leadership that Taxes bumper sticker, which reminds me:

Driving slowly up Charles Street: an extra gallon of gas.

Seeing Maggie McIntosh’s reaction to the bumper sticker: priceless.

Note to Sheila Dixon: I keep extra stickers in my car so feel free to have your henchmen pull me over if you want a few for the city motor pool.

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