John Delaney is Playing Like a Loser
When you’re planning on running for Governor in two years, the incumbent is insanely popular, you really don’t have a lot of friends in your own party, and you have pathetically low name identification, this is the stunt you pull:
The opposite side proclaims “silence is an endorsement” of brash billionaire Donald Trump, who increasingly appears likely to become be his party’s nominee for president.
The billboard also bears a quote from Congressman John Delaney, a Democrat widely believed to have an eye on Hogan’s job, who paid for and dispatched the rolling political jab to the State House.
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“Because everyone in Maryland will lose if Trump wins,” Delaney says on the billboard.
In a statement, Delaney said the billboard would circle the State House all day Wednesday “and if the Governor won’t provide a simple yes or no answer, it will come back tomorrow”
Words can’t really describe how asinine of a stunt this is. Except the stunt itself isn’t nearly as bad as the message itself. Because check this photo out from The Sun:
So the Delaney people are saying that “Silence is an Endorsement” because the Governor has not articulated a position on Donald Trump. What kind of 3rd grade debate society argument is that? Under that logic, one could be accused of endorsing any issue on any topic that a person hasn’t issued a public statement on. Has John Delaney spoken about Hillary Clinton and the serious investigations that she is facing right now? He must have endorsed her and her handling of top secret data, because he has never said anything about it and silence is consent. What’s John Delaney’s position on dictatorship? He must have endorsed it, because he has never said anything about it and silence is consent. Does John Delaney prefer Ginger over Mary Ann? He must be supporting Ginger, because he has never said anything about it and silence is consent.
This type of dopey Hail Mary to earn some name recognition is completely insane, juvenile, and beneath the dignity both of the office of Governor and the U.S. House of Representatives in which Delaney currently sits. Delaney is merely playing into the Democratic Party’s Trump Obsession because Governor Hogan is running roughshod over the Democrats, with overwhelming approval from the majority of Marylanders. The Governor is beating the Democrats at their own game, and they are desperate to try and get something to stick. Combine that with a fabulously wealth 1%er who desperately wants to be liked by his own party and wants people to know that he exists so he can run for Governor himself, and that’s how you wind up with this.
Except Delaney’s involvement in an idiotic political stunt may have a genuinely simple explanation, and it’s revealed at the end of the Sun article:
Delaney’s spokesman Justin Schall said that Trump’s “hatred and bigotry” were one of the biggest problems facing the country, adding “the governor was “playing politics in stead of leading. He should lead. It will take less than five minutes to answer this simple question.”
And now it suddenly all makes sense. Because Justin Schall, remember, was the
captain of the Titanic campaign manager of Anthony Brown’s failed campaign for Governor in 2014. Delaney came to work for Brown after Delaney’s 2012 campaign, and then he skulked back to work for Delaney as he prepares for his own statewide run. This signifies that Delaney plans on running a filthy, dirty, and nasty campaign in 2018; Brown’s campaign was notorious for this during his run against Governor Hogan, and Schall has a sordid history of dirty tricks and tactics that we documented here in 2014; ironically, Schall’s record would qualify him to work on Donald Trump’s campaign.
So to recap: John Delaney, understanding that he’s a giant zero statewide, decides to hire a truck to try to get Governor Hogan to do something irrelevant, while simultaneously exposing the fact that his own statement has absolutely no logic and that he’s entrusting his campaign to the same dirty trickster that failed Maryland Democrats in 2014.
16 months before the General Election, I asked if Anthony Brown was KKT 2.0. Maybe John Delaney is KKT 3.o. Because with his tactics and his strategy to date, he looks like he’s playing to lose much more than he’s playing to win.