Earlier this month, I wrote about the Democratic Senate primary in Maryland. It pitted Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a close ally of Nancy Pelosi, and Rep. Donna Edwards, an African-American running to Van Hollen’s left.
The race turned pretty bitter. I viewed the dust-up between a cautious white leftist and a black radical as a sign of things to come.
In another sign of things to come, Edwards touted her status as a single mother, arguing that it gave her special insight into the struggles or ordinary Americans.
Nothing against single moms, about whom there is often much to admire. But is heading a sub-optimal family really a qualification for public office?
Not yet, perhaps. Van Hollen has defeated Edwards fairly handily.