Maryland Dems nominate Van Hollen for the Senate

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.


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