I live in one of the counties in Maryland where Republicans outnumber Democrats. Carroll County is roughly 2:1 Republican, a ratio only exceed in Garrett County which is about 3:1. However, most of Maryland is majority Democrat, in Baltimore and some counties by around 10:1 and 2:1 for the state as a whole. I feel perfectly safe having a Trump/Pence yard sign, but that can be an act of bravery in some parts of the state. An anonymous writer has written an article for The Spectator titled Confessions of the Secret Suburban Trump Moms: Maryland.
I grew up all over the place, but consider Maryland my home and chose to raise my family here. While I live in a more rural, small town, I am acutely aware that I live in a blue state as soon as I make my way outside of our area. It’s hard staying under the radar in general, but even more so in a variety of settings, including my workplace. It’s especially hard to bite my tongue when people openly share liberal views, assuming everyone feels the same way. I find it hard to swallow that people are either blindly following or just not paying attention at all. I want to scream at them and say, ‘wake up, you’re being played!’ It seems the tone and tenor of our state changed once Obama vowed to ‘fundamentally transform America’. I know I can’t be the only one who thinks this.
She’s not the only one who thinks that way. I’m beginning to see evidence of cracks in the monolithic support for Democrats even in the suburban counties around DC. I don’t think Maryland will flip red on 3 November, but I’m reasonably certain that Trump will do better this year than he did in 2016.
The next few weeks will be … um … interesting.