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A fatal blunder for SRB?

For some politicians one misstep is enough to end their careers.

When George Romney, after a 1968 visit to Vietnam, stated that he was "brainwashed," his campaign for president ended.

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When Edmund Muskie cried in New Hampshire after the local newspaper attacked his wife, his campaign ground to a halt. And when Texas Gov. Rick Perry stated that he would eliminate three cabinet departments and then couldn't remember what they were, his run for the White House was terminated.

On a local level, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's complete and utterly inappropriate "disappearance" from the public airwaves for three hours after the start of the local and national televised coverage of the April riots may very well cause her to lose her bid for re-election.

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The good news for the mayor is that there is still time for her to resurrect her image. The bad news for the mayor is that folks have long memories.

Marc Raim, Baltimore

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