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  •  Maryland native here (9+ / 0-)

    If you're talking Garrett or Allegheny Counties, they're more similar to West Virginia or Kentucky than the defense industry shade of red.

    Rural Maryland, on the eastern shore particularly, tends to have strong environmental ties to the Bay. The Bay is their lifestyle, and without it, they are troubled. Fiscally conservative, socially flexible (many with Catholic backgrounds, but not totally predictable.) As for the rest of the state, you have the suburban counties ranging from anti-city factions, to progressive small towns and neighborhoods that hug city borders or are very blue in spite of location (Prince George's, Baltimore County, Montgomery County, Charles County, Howard County.)

    Cecil County is kind of an outlier. Between Baltimore and Philadelphia (closer to Philly than Baltimore actually), it has gained some notoriety for having the towns of Rising Sun and North East. The KKK's headquarters are based in Rising Sun. Knowing a few people who grew up in that area, I have heard stories of people approaching them, say, at school-aged soccer matches, and taunt them with racial slurs and other threats. Maryland has some insidious activity, in spite of its great beauty and overall affinity to progressive politics.

    "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." ~Edward Abbey ////\\\\ "To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships." ~W.E.B. DuBois

    by rovertheoctopus on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 07:20:13 AM PST

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    •  I live just over the PA border from Cecil County (8+ / 0-)

      and your description is spot on. One of our local high schools often played teams from there. My husband called it the white hood league, and at one game I covered the local running back refused to shake hands with the other team. He said he was taunted with racial slurs the entire game.

    •  Maryland was a slave-state during the Civil War. (6+ / 0-)

      It's slaves were only freed when the 13th Amendement took effect, in 1865.
      Not entirely surprising that similar attitudes can endure into our "post-racial" (yeah, right) America.

      A winning campaign? You didn't build that...

      by SilentBrook on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 09:17:25 AM PST

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    •  I work on the Eastern Shore (4+ / 0-)

      a lot of the seriously tea party types aren't FROM here. They're from somewhere else, and decided that they wanted to move someplace more rural, but near the beach, and where they could be closer to 'nature'.

      Of course, they complain when hunters are on the adjoining properties. They complain about farm equipment on the roads. They complain about the smells (and there can be some serious smells). The complain about the deer, and the skunks, and the other critters.

      They're the ones who pay a fortune for a house in St. Michaels. Or Cambridge. They're also the ones who tossed out Wayne Gilchrist.

      •  Gilchrest. (0+ / 0-)

        But yes.

        Although a big factor was that Gilchrest had a principle: no PAC money; personal donations only.

        Andy Harris came in with a ton of money from PACs and doctors from away (like Texas) and help from the Clods Club fer Growth and basically beat him due to nasty TV ads.

        It didn't help that there were three or four others in the primary that year.

        EJ Pipkin, a state senator who despises Andy, might have avoided the trainwreck if he had dropped out and supported Wayne.

        In Kent County, during the first Kratovil v Andy contest, there was an informal organixzation in Kent County called "Republacns for Kratovil."

        Disclaimer: Wayne's a neighbor of mine.

        Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

        by dadadata on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 12:55:12 PM PST

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