Ben Cardin, senior Senator from Maryland since 2007, has been just what you’d have expected from the senior Senator from Maryland: he departs from present-day Democratic orthodoxy only on special occasions. Environmentalists complained when Cardin, then working on a bill to clean up Chesapeake Bay, reached across the aisle to work with James Inhofe (R-OK), whom they consider an enemy. And whatever Middle Eastern distraction the rest of his party might be fidget-spinning, Cardin has generally stuck by Israel.
But Cardin will be seventy-five this fall, and his term is up. Will he retire?
“Everything that I am planning to do would indicate that I am, but I’m not gonna make any announcements yet,” said Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.)… “I’m gonna campaign based upon what I think is consistent with my record and a strategy to win elections.”
That said, there’s already a candidate to fill Cardin’s seat, and I’d expect her to be at least as far to the left as Cardin:
— Zack Whittaker (@zackwhittaker) January 13, 2018
Manning has plenty of name recognition, but not all of it is positive name recognition. If Ben Cardin decides not to run for another term, this race will be worth watching simply to see what sort of arguments opponents will trot out against her. I have to figure, though, that in blue-to-ultraviolet Maryland, violations of the Espionage Act aren’t any big deal, so long as they’re not committed by Republicans.
Addendum: Manning’s first campaign video:
Now I’m wondering if Ben Cardin will stay in just to thwart her.