Miller's reading hints at New Deal-ish session

Republicans, beware. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller may be channeling his inner FDR this year.

In an interview Thursday, Miller mentioned that he is currently reading "Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt" by H. W. Brands.

Folks who have been covering Miller a long time know that he is passionate about American political history and reads voraciously on the topic. And when he reads, he absorbs lessons he sometimes applies to the Maryland Senate.

A few years back, Miller was singing the praises of Robert Caro's acclaimed trilogy about the political career of Lyndon Baines Johnson. Certainly that reading appeared to do little to discourage Miller's already somewhat Johnson-esque approach to legislative leadership.

So it should come as no surprise that as the legislative session approaches next week, Miller is already sounding a bit like a New Dealer -- sounding the praises of activist government and stressing the need to create jobs.

For Miller's fellow Democrats, that may be a cue to strike up a chorus of "Happy Days Are Here Again."


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