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 ...

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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.

Middle class value claims are a 'joke' [Commentary]

Middle class value claims are a 'joke' [Commentary]

October 18, 2014

It's the political season, which explains another column of "Things That Bug Me." Herewith my latest list for your consideration:

  • Respect the power of the pardon [Commentary]

    October 12, 2014

    "[O]ne man appears to be a more eligible dispenser of the mercy of government, than a body of men."

  • Cookie cutter campaigns [Commentary]

    October 5, 2014

    Thousands of miles on the road this summer and fall have afforded me the opportunity to observe a variety of political ads from across the spectrum. Herewith, observations from the heartland:

  • Will Obama pass the buck on defeating ISIS? [Commentary]

    September 28, 2014

    Bullet point opinions on the topical issues of the day, for your consideration:

  • Affordable Care Act lies [Commentary]

    September 21, 2014

    The man-made catastrophe known as the "Affordable Care Act" and "Obamacare" still lurks. And nobody should interpret the absence of daily negative headlines as a sign the law's myriad problems have been rectified, or that there is substance to Harry Reid's claim of "untrue" horror stories following the law's implementation.

  • Obama's 'diary' revelations [Commentary]

    September 14, 2014

    Dear Diary:

  • Indecision in the White House [Commentary]

    September 7, 2014

    Sept. 11, 2001 changed us in many ways. Suddenly, a post-cold war America was again at war, this time with radical Islam. Many of us did not realize that our terrorist enemies had been at war with us for many years.

  • The GOP supports Israel more than Dems [Commentary]

    August 24, 2014

    Recently, I was talking with a conservative friend of mine about the drama in Gaza. I knew this individual to be thoughtful about world events and staunchly pro-Israel in outlook. It was sometime after our mutual condemnation of Hamas that our conversation took an unexpected and disturbing turn.

  • Immigration reform school [Commentary]

    August 17, 2014

    Time for a brutal assessment regarding the state of immigration reform in America. Extreme partisans on both sides of the aisle — you will not like what you read over the next two minutes. Hopefully, the rest of you will chew on it for a bit.

  • The worst job in the world [Commentary]

    August 10, 2014

    Let's say you are an intelligent, successful federal prosecutor from an elite law school and possessing all of the important political contacts in Washington, D.C. An election occurs. Your party wins, and the president-elect begins to put together a cabinet. One day you receive a call from the transition team. Senior aides want to know if you are interested in becoming the next U.S. attorney general.

  • Liberals continue to mess up the country

    August 3, 2014

    Fact: Captured Hamas fighters confirm that their maze of secret tunnels into Israel was to be the entry point for a series of coordinated terror attacks during the Jewish High Holidays — all in order to massacre Israeli citizens at lightly guarded border settlements.

  • The news of the future [Commentary]

    July 27, 2014

    News from the future:

  • President Obama's transformed America [Commentary]

    July 20, 2014

    On February 19, 2008, Sen. Barack Obama promised to "fundamentally transform America." This was no mere rhetoric from the telegenic man who would go on to best Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. Rather, it was an audacious (to borrow a term) pledge to transform America's economy, culture and standing in the world.

  • The GOP is divided over 'Ex-Im' [Commentary]

    July 13, 2014

    Most people have never heard of it. Fewer still understand how it operates. But it is the focal point of a (mostly) intramural Republican fight playing out in the halls of Congress. Its ultimate resolution will have dramatic impact on a number of high profile American manufacturers — and the thousands of high profile jobs they represent.

  • Supreme Court divide riles political parties [Commentary]

    July 6, 2014

    "If the Supreme Court will not protect women's access to health care, then Democrats will. ... It's time that five men on the Supreme Court stop deciding what happens to women."

  • Why no outrage over the IRS' tea party targeting? [Commentary]

    June 29, 2014

    In Citizens United vs. FEC, the U.S. Supreme Court held in January 2012 that the federal government is prohibited from restricting independent political expenditures by businesses, associations and labor unions. The opinion allows such groups to spend unlimited sums of money on advocacy ads, but not direct contributions to candidate committees. It also set the American left off its rocker. What follows is a chronology of events that has set the American right off its rocker, too.

  • On Cantor's defeat, Obama's foreign policy debacle and old-school basketball [Commentary]

    June 22, 2014

    Item: Washington is abuzz with the shocking defeat of House majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary. David Brat, a tea party-inspired college professor with little money but plenty of energy, pulled off the historic upset.

  • Dems get a pass from P.C. police [Commentary]

    June 15, 2014

    "Political cover" is a powerful phenomenon in contemporary politics. But it can make voters plenty cynical about the ways and means of political warfare.

  • 'No soldier left behind' [Commentary]

    June 8, 2014

    Like most Americans, the Ehrlichs celebrated the return of a captured U.S. soldier from Afghanistan. What parent would not possess a degree of empathy for the parents of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held by the Taliban since June 30, 2009?

  • Freedom of, not from, religion [Commentary]

    June 1, 2014

    One of my earliest childhood memories is going door-to-door at the Kendale Apartments on Maiden Choice Lane in Arbutus with Mom. The purpose of the exercise was not to solicit contributions on behalf of a political candidate, however. Rather, Mom and a group of like-minded volunteers were organizing in opposition to a woman by the name of Madalyn Murray O'Hair — she of the [un]holy crusade to ban prayer from public schools. Given my tender years, little did I realize that the Ehrlichs were fully engaged in a culture war that continues to burn brightly five decades later.

  • College: where kids become leftists [Commentary]

    May 25, 2014

    I've been thinking a lot about college lately. It's not as though it's staring me in the face, either. The oldest is finishing his freshman year in high school. The youngest is still in elementary school.

  • Obamacare: the 2,300-page monstrosity

    March 25, 2012

    The most important six hours of recent American history will start to unfold on Monday. That day, the Supreme Court begins three days of oral argument on the legal challenge to President Barack Obama's health care reform law ("Obamacare").

  • Road to energy independence goes through ANWR, Keystone

    March 11, 2012

    Sometimes, it is worth our time to step back, to take the long view about seemingly intractable issues affecting our country.

  • Wondering aloud: thoughts on religion and politics, energy and athletics

    March 4, 2012

    Some things I've been wondering about:

  • Voter ID laws uphold system's integrity

    February 24, 2012

    Two recent bulletins place progressive outrage about voting rights in interesting perspective.

  • The father factor

    February 19, 2012

    Epidemics typically generate an emotional response from the afflicted, especially where the disease brings about great carnage. Yet, one of the most gruesome conditions within contemporary America proceeds apace, with only periodic bursts of serious attention.

  • Gingrich: Inside look at a paradoxical politician

    February 12, 2012

    One of my favorite activities this primary season is to read the seemingly endless analyses of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. The profiles run the gamut from glowing to scathing; just about every Washington pundit has a strong opinion of "Mr. Speaker." Yet, most of the talking heads have not worked with the man or known him very well.

  • Missing Maryland's 'Voice of Reason'

    February 5, 2012

    The thought of Ron Smith leaving us so soon is still difficult to fathom. Up to and including his last show on Nov. 28, he was as entertaining, opinionated and combative as ever. He was the self-proclaimed "Voice of Reason," firmly entrenched in the WBAL saddle, issuing quick-witted responses to those who had the guts to engage him on the airwaves. Even with the looming and unwelcome specter of a grave prognosis, when Ron was behind the mic, life temporarily resumed its regular order for him and his loyal listeners.

  • Ehrlich and The Sun: Once adversaries, now partners

    January 28, 2012

    Yes, you read it right. No, it's not April Fool's. But it is a new day for The Sun and the Ehrlichs.



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