Mitt Romney is bringing his campaign for the Republican nomination to Maryland, with a 4 p.m. stop in Arbutus today at a town hall event at American Legion Post 109 in anticipation of our primary vote on April 3, with 37 delegates at stake.
I have been DYING for the Republican primary to get to Maryland, just so it can finally count as local news. The thrills! The gaffes! The absurdity! Of course, it would have been nice if the race made its way to Maryland before Michele Bachman, Herman Cain, and Rick Perry dropped out — remember when Perry said he wanted to kick Turkey out of NATO? I loved that guy. But now that it’s finally here, I gotta tell you, I’m a little sick of the whole thing. All the best jokes have gone stale, and now we’re just left to slog through a terrible culture war.
The perpetually disempowered Maryland Republicans will actually get to play a role in their presidential primary, and for them I’m glad. But, man, we all paid the price for it, didn’t we? We had to restart ages old debates about the separation of church and state, birth control, even pornography. And we were too distracted we missed some heavy-duty news items, like the Attorney General defending the assassination of an American citizen with the argument, “‘Due process’ and ‘judicial process’ are not one and the same.” Sure, we got the occasional glorious “moon colony” moment, and for an instant, maybe it all seemed worth it, but how fleeting those moments were.
Maybe if Gingrich comes here — right now he’s focusing on Louisiana — we’ll get to see him promising horse-loving Maryland that he would bring back the pony express.