The Maryland primary tomorrow finds Republicans and well as Democrats embroiled in emotional, high-stakes battles for the presidential nomination of their parties.
Once considered a shoo-in, President Bush is now confronted by a challenge from right-wing TV commentator Pat Buchanan, whose ultra-conservative friends (at least some of them) would be content to see the GOP lose this year so they would have a straight shot at party control in 1996. Not for the first time, the GOP's future is at issue. Maryland Republicans owe it to themselves to register their opinions on this important issue by going to the polls tomorrow. November will be too late.
The direction of the Democratic Party is equally at issue. Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin wants to return the party to its New Deal roots. Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton wants to shift the party incrementally toward the middle, as does Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey. Former Massachusetts Sen. Paul Tsongas proposes a dramatic reorientation of his party to make it more pro-business, on the theory that economic growth equals jobs. Then there is former California Gov. Jerry Brown, with his flat-tax ideas.