March 16, 2012

M.D. Harmon: Angus King's candidacy throws Democrats a curveball

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The problem, Politico says, is the former governor's candidacy has "put Democrats in a pickle: Publicly embrace King and infuriate their eventual nominee as well as some elements of their base. Or rally behind their party's nominee and risk splitting the vote between Democrats and independents, potentially giving Republicans a crucial victory in the blue state."

So, depending (again) on whom GOP voters nominate, this could be a closer race than some are saying.

Oh, did I forget someone? Sonofagun, that's right, there will also be a Democrat in the race! That person at least can hope to beat Libby Mitchell's 19 percent of the vote -- if that's possible now. Former Gov. John Baldacci, the last potential Big Dog, has said no thanks, so the race to the bottom has begun.

Who would have imagined that the once utterly dominant Democratic Party might score humiliating defeats in two statewide races in a row? It's even possible that both Democrats will lose in November, just like they did in 2010.

Hope and change. They really are inspiring words.

M.D. Harmon is a freelance writer who is a retired journalist and military officer. He can be contacted at:


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