But most interesting is the vivid contempt the writer shows for the blogger medium:
On Monday, shortly after Bayh surprised Democrats by announcing that he was quitting, an obscure right-wing blogger posted a report that Mikulski would be announcing in a few days that she will step down. The groundless report was picked up by other blogs - including some that clear the very low bar for respectability in this realm - without bothering to check its validity.
I would say it borders on the unprofessional, but in fact it falls way into "thuggery" and "bully pulpit" territory. According to the Hedghog Report, which also questioned the validity of the rumor, this talk about retirement came from The Vail Spot's "impeccable source." Well get to "peccing" because that source didn't work out.
A quick comment on bloggers: For the most part, our source is the newspaper. I think the medium augments and supports the online readership of local papers. As I say repeatedly when I bash the Sun, I wouldn't want to see a day without it. Do I think they are doing a poor job at providing the "disinfectant" for our local governments? Absolutely. Is the coverage skewed towards the blue? There is no question. But when I need to back-up something I've heard or look to make an argument based on the facts, the first place I go is The Sun website. So Paul West, turn the contempt down a skosh.
By the way, the two "non-major opponents" thus far are:
Jim Rutledge and
I'm sure these men (and their families) would take umbrage at the suggestion that they are not mounting serious campaigns. I think to print such a thing would imply a "very low bar for respectability."
Three "non-major opponents" to Barbara Mikulski (Thanks Eludius)
Meet Carmen Amendori who is to be congratulated for purchasing a domain name, but appears to have done little else on that front. Looks like we may have a crowded primary field.
I put all three names into the Campaign Finance Database (pretty sure bat-phones ring across Howard County when I mention that site on this blog) and found that Wargotz is the only one with reported money in the coffer at about $20K.
SIX "non-major opponents" to Barbara Mikulski (check it out here, which does not note Ms. Amendori).
Apparently John R. Leopold (County Exec in Anne Arundel County) is considering a run...hmm...well, I'm sure he was considering a run until someone violated the "if the Impala is a-rockin', don't come a-knockin'" rule.
Daniel McAndrew has his campaign site up and running. Mr. McAndrew is a proud member of the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows and an engineer.
Last, but certainly not least (and probably not even last) is Corrogan R. Vaughn, who even has a YouTube channel set up.
I'm a recovering comic book nerd, and this reminds me of when Superman died and there were four other semi-supermen with some of the powers of the expired Superman. Each of these candidates have their own qualities and abilities, but it will take a while to come up with the "Super-Candidate."