Here's the final exam for Civic Gullibility 101 Pressure: The 1997 General Assembly won't be dismissed from Annapolis until everyone passes the test. Feel free to use your notes.

The Political Game

April 01, 1997|By C. Fraser Smith | C. Fraser Smith,SUN STAFF

AN APRIL FOOLS' Day political quiz, multiple choice, guessing encouraged, laughter optional:

1. Why is the conservative Calvert Institute for Policy Research throwing a cocktail reception at the end of this month featuring potential political enemies?

"Special guests" listed on the invitation are James T. Brady, the (Democratic) Glendening administration's economic development secretary, and Ellen R. Sauerbrey, the Republican Party's likely gubernatorial candidate vs. Glendening in 1998.

Brady plans to announce during the reception that he is leaving Glendening to run for lieutenant governor on the Sauerbrey ticket.

Sauerbrey plans to announce that she will leave the Republican Party to promote her long-held belief in government as economic pump primer of last resort. Proposals she is likely to make include scholarships for middle-class college students maintaining a B average and an income tax increase to pay for them.

The Calvert Institute wants a bipartisan audience to witness its announcement that it is merging with the local chapter of Americans for Democratic Action.

2. With several of his legislative initiatives in trouble, Gov. Parris N. Glendening is trying to turn the state's $15 billion budget into a a bargaining chip.

Does this use of a gambling tactic and terminology spotlight a small but perceptible crack in the chief executive's wall of opposition to gambling in Maryland?

No way, no how, no mas.

Yes.

No.

Maybe.

3. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, eagerly mentioned as a Democratic candidate for governor in 1998, will announce a decision to enter the race:

When Glendening fails to leverage passage of his legislative package by impounding the $15 billion state budget, throwing the Assembly into extended session and risking parallels with the federal government shutdown engineered unsuccessfully by Republicans two years ago.

When Glendening wins passage of his legislative package which, having been amended widely and deeply, turns out to be a mere shadow of its original self.

Soon after the Assembly session, which ends Monday at midnight.

Never.

4. President Clinton has weighed in to revive Glendening's scholarship program because:

Glendening agreed to hold several coffees in the governor's mansion for the benefit of Vice President Al Gore's presidential race in 2000.

Glendening agreed to stop making parallels between his political comeback and the president's.

5. House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr., whose opposition to Glendening has been a major subplot of the 1997 legislative session, has made amends with the governor by:

Agreeing to move to Albuquerque.

Agreeing not to enter a 1998 Democratic gubernatorial primary against Glendening in exchange for a full racing schedule at Fairgo, the track near Cumberland; a transfer of the Preakness to that venue; and the installation of 3-D keno machines in the clubhouse.

Agreeing to stop calling the governor's anti-sprawl proposal "dumb growth."

Agreeing to appear as guest lecturer at Glendening's University of Maryland political science course, lecture to be titled: How to leverage gubernatorial initiatives from a legislative body without betting the $15 billion ranch.

Pub Date: 4/01/97

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