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Is Hogan inevitable in 2018?

I couldn't decide whether I was more amused or bemused by Richard J. Cross III's op-ed about the possible Democratic candidates for governor four years from now ("Who will challenge Hogan in 2018?" Nov. 15).

Republican Gov.-elect Larry Hogan hasn't even been sworn in yet and already Mr. Cross and others are searching desperately for someone — anyone — who might be able to defeat him in 2018.

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One would think that the governor-elect would be given at least time to develop his agenda and do something before Mr. Cross began wailing the "The Blue State Blues."

But I suspect that is too much to ask of Democrats as they wallow in self-pity and try to figure out what went wrong.

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The point is nothing went wrong. Many Democrats either (1) sat on their hands because Anthony Brown simply didn't strike them as the man for the job or (2) switched sides rather than risk four to eight years of Martin O'Malley Lite.

Mr. Cross named 10 prominent Democrats who might challenge Mr. Hogan four years hence, and in his final paragraph he writes that citizens can "look to many of the officials on this list to begin to build a sense of inevitability about themselves."

I suggest that should Mr. Hogan manage to batter his way through the Busch-Miller barricades in the Maryland General Assembly and accomplish even a small measure of what he promised during his campaign, the only inevitability would be his reelection by an even wider margin than the one he enjoyed this year.

Alan Walden, Baltimore

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