In a move that has surprised many conservative Marylanders, talk radio show host and Delegate Pat McDonough announced that he is considering a run for Senate against Ben Cardin in 2012. Over the past few months, he was seriously contemplating a challenge to Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, a more surmountable goal. Pat McDonough should stick to his original plan to challenge Dutch, instead of mounting an untenable campaign to unseat Ben Cardin in a statewide race.
The sad reality is that we cannot win a Senate race in Maryland, even for an
open seat. Based upon the demographics in Maryland, Ben Cardin can be
caught with a dead body in his trunk – and still win reelection. To make
matters worse, 2012 is a presidential election year, and although I believe
Obama will lose nationwide, he will perform well in Maryland at the top of the
ticket. There is simply no way that anybody, even a spirited conservative
like McDonough, has a chance of unseating Cardin. As such, it would be
unwise for McDonough to waste his potential on such an endeavor.
Pat McDonough has definitely become too big a voice for conservatives to
remain in the House of Delegates. He needs to move on; however, he should
not ruin his career pursing an incorrigible goal. Run, Pat, run – against