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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.

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Why Obama is viewed as weak

Why Obama is viewed as weak

November 30, 2014

Two recent Presidential pronouncements reflect the essential Barack Obama. Each also explains why so many view him to be the weakest of American presidents.

  • Obamacare is a 'varsity stinker'

    November 23, 2014

    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."

  • Hillary all over again

    November 16, 2014

    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 taken in the lead-up to the 2014 mid-terms.

  • What Obama should have said

    November 7, 2014

    Here is what President Barack Obama should have said when he addressed the American people after his party's massive losses in Tuesday's election:

  • American values under Obama

    November 2, 2014

    Two columns ago, I passed on a series of political observations from the heartland. Today, a snapshot of American values and viewpoints a decade and a half into the "new" millennium.

  • Send a message to D.C. on Election Day

    October 26, 2014

    For those of you inclined to send a message to Washington on Election Day, herewith a list of grievances that should get you plenty revved up:

  • 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:

  • 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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