It was bittersweet, leaving the place I'd lived my entire adult life and admitting, at last, that I could no longer accept the recycling, car-hating, over-taxing, vicious life offered in lovely SF but I knew that if I stayed things would only get worse. Nancy Pelosi calls it home too, that alone was enough reason to leave. The SF Board of Supervisors tell us what we can eat, read, think, feel, use. They have taken away our Styrofoam, our plastic bags, and our right to make decisions for ourselves like the intelligent, free-thinking adults we allegedly are. Is that the kind of world I want to live in? Do you? That's what I thought.
But perhaps I should have done a little more due diligence before hopping across the country to the best homebase this side of the Potomac River, turns out these Marylanders are hard core blue staters. By hardcore I mean the governor (Martin O'Malley) barely had a running mate and would have won anyway even if this were Texas and his opponent were Bushy Sr or Jr.
I'm totally fine with that, of course, because I've been conditioned from so many years in San Francisco and a Wisconsin upbringing to accept the Democrat way of life as entirely normal. By all accounts O'Malley is constrained enough not to hold a candle to some of the more outrageous Democrats I might be familiar with such as our buddy Gavin Newsom (best of luck to him as Lt. Governor!) and Nancy Pelosi. Shit, no one can top Pelosi.
Turns out dirty politics are a given no matter where you reside. Case in point, the anti-O'Malley robo call controversy. Desperation isn't cute, doesn't matter which party it comes from.
Gov. Martin O'Malley's campaign said it has received complaints from voters statewide who have received robo-calls urging them to stay home even though the polls are open until 8 p.m.
The call, a copy of which was provided by the O'Malley campaign, says:
"I'm calling to let everyone know that Governor O'Malley and President Obama have been successful. Our goals have been met," according to the woman's voice on the recording. "The only thing left is to watch it on TV tonight. Congratulations and thank you."
Listen to it here.
Rick Abbruzzese, O'Malley's campaign spokesman, said the calls are designed to discourage Democrats from voting. "It's not coming from us. We want people to go out and vote."
Listen, I want Democrats to stay home as much if not more than the next guy but that's just sloppy.
Dirty politics aside, I've got to admit it's hilarious seeing all the "We've got your back, President Obama!" signs now blowing in the wind and half off their posts at the side of the road. They wanted hope and change, hope they got that change they wanted.