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

  • Takeaways from the NFL's kneeling era

    Takeaways from the NFL's kneeling era

    The NFL’s recent attempt to assuage its players through an $89 million contribution over seven years to social justice causes is succeeding. Fewer players (down to 20 in Week 16) are choosing to kneel, sit or stay in the locker room during the National Anthem. The powers that be are no doubt breathing...

  • Defining 'victory' in the opioid crisis

    Defining 'victory' in the opioid crisis

    President Donald Trump has correctly identified the opioid crisis as a national emergency. An overburdened drug court prosecutor wife of one of the authors of this article agrees, as do, no doubt, countless medical examiners, emergency responders, corrections officers, substance abuse counselors...

  • Comprehensive and common sense justice reform in Md.

    Comprehensive and common sense justice reform in Md.

    During the 2015 Legislative Session, Gov. Larry Hogan signed into law a bill establishing a "Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council," that was to develop policies to "further reduce the state's incarcerated population, reduce spending on corrections, and reinvest in strategies to increase public...

  • 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...