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2010 Election &Conservatives Richard Falknor on 15 Sep 2010 08:20 am

Brian Murphy’s Legacy to Maryland Conservatives

There are many measures of victory.

In Maryland yesterday, Republican primary candidate Brian Murphy did not realize his hope for victory in the contest for the Republican nomination for governor of the Old Line State. Not unexpectedly, former governor Bob Ehrlich won that primary race.

But Mr. Murphy, with some help from governor Sarah Palin, left a valuable legacy for Maryland’s conservatives.

In fact, the hitherto ignored Maryland center-right voices for low-tax free-market policies (not “Annapolis crony capitalism”), the culture of life, and family defense (read Second Amendment) seemed joyfully to adopt Mr. Murphy and his articulate energy as his campaign took real shape last April.

These Murphy supporters discovered first-hand the crudities of the “party over principle” Purple Ehrlich Machine as that crowd stretched GOP rules and, at party events, treated Mr. Murphy as invisible.

Today these Murphy supporters know each other across Maryland, have been “blooded” as comrades in political combat, and have faced down party sachems. Not only have they realized that the party chieftains are not ten feet tall, but they even sent around a video of an encounter with the GOP party chair.

After the Sarah Palin endorsement of Mr. Murphy, even the metropolitan-area dead-tree media conceded that today’s GOP gubernatorial nominee is indeed more “center” than anything else. That media promptly warned Mr. Ehrlich not to stray from the path they had already prescribed for him. 

Mr. Murphy played “guts ball” in his first (and statewide) political campaign, and he got the issues right.  Whatever his future choices, we wish him well and were honored to stand by him in his steep uphill struggle.

The Murphy supporters, however, do not need politician leaders to move forward.  They know each other, they know how to organize, and they can promptly get together on common issues. They can start to exert their strength reflected by over 50,000 Murphy Republican votes yesterday to influence November’s general election, and to bring their force to bear on the deliberations of the next session of the General Assembly.

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