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The Baltimore Sun

Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.


Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., a former Maryland governor and member of Congress, is a partner at the law firm King & Spalding and the author of “Turn this Car Around” and “America: Hope for Change” — books about national politics. His column appears in print on Sundays.

Recent Articles

  • Who will step forward to lead a new Baltimore?

    Who will step forward to lead a new Baltimore?

    Let's begin with some sober observations about recent events in and around my hometown of Baltimore. The tragic story lines playing out in West Baltimore are by now familiar: an arrest and subsequent death of a young black man in police custody; peaceful and not-so-peaceful demonstrations; burning...

  • Unforced errors or tactical mistakes?

    Unforced errors or tactical mistakes?

    Political pundits like to label gratuitous political gaffes as "unforced errors" — mistakes that come out of right field without warning or reason. These events are given extra analysis because they are unexpected and uncalled for — usually offhand or just plain unthinking statements or actions...

  • Why Obama is viewed as weak

    Why Obama is viewed as weak

    Two recent Presidential pronouncements reflect the essential Barack Obama. Each also explains why so many view him to be the weakest of American presidents. Example one pertains to Mr. Obama's public reaction to the gruesome terrorist murders of five Jewish worshippers during morning prayers in...

  • Obamacare is a 'varsity stinker'

    Obamacare is a 'varsity stinker'

    OK, I can't help myself. Over the past three years, I have written at least a dozen columns critical of Obamacare (a.k.a. The "Affordable Care Act") in this space and devoted an entire chapter to the topic in my book "America: Hope for Change." Yet, here I am with another piece on this man-made...

  • Hillary all over again

    Hillary all over again

    With the exception of President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton is the most recognized American politician of this era. Today, she is far and away the Democratic front runner for president. Many believe she is the odds on favorite to win it all — a view supported by a variety of public opinion polls...

  • What Obama should have said

    What Obama should have said

    Here is what President Barack Obama should have said when he addressed the American people after his party's massive losses in Tuesday's election: "The American people have spoken. I made this election a referendum on my policies, and now both houses of Congress are under Republican control. All...

  • American values under Obama

    American values under Obama

    Two columns ago, I passed on a series of political observations from the heartland. Today, a snapshot of American values and viewpoints a decade and a half into the "new" millennium. For my left-leaning readers, you have much to be pleased about as America enters the seventh year of the Obama presidency....

  • Send a message to D.C. on Election Day

    Send a message to D.C. on Election Day

    For those of you inclined to send a message to Washington on Election Day, herewith a list of grievances that should get you plenty revved up: Spending: A federal debt approaching $18 trillion. Interest on the debt cost taxpayers $221 billion last year alone. Yet the president seldom cares to discuss...

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