Election Day

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Sometimes I have words; later today I hope I have some, worthy of the day and the occasion, but for now, just past 6:00 am and watching the light of morning chase away the last darkness of an April morning, I think it’s best to start with Teddy Roosevelt. 106 years and three days ago, April 23, 1910, he gave what would become the most famous speech he’d ever give. And everywhere you read “man,” know that I include all the women engaged in this often petty but more often noble pursuit we call politics.

To the candidates; to the campaign staff, workers, and volunteers; to the voters; to the reporters, yes, even to the bloggers; to the current foes and future allies, to everyone who participates in this historic Maryland election, I salute you today:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. 

See you on the other side. Polls open in 34 minutes. 

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