- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Kweisi Mfume may have shone brighter than frontrunner Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin in yesterday’s televised debate between the top Democrats in Maryland’s U.S. Senate race. But Mr. Mfume’s polished performance won’t amount to much if voters didn’t see it.

Talking to Marylanders around the region today, I was surprised to hear how many missed the debate. Most said they were watching the Baltimore Ravens beat the Washington Redskins 17-10 in preseason action.

Bad luck for Mr. Mfume that viewers in the state’s largest media markets were glued to the gridiron showdown at FedEx instead of the Democratic throwdown in Owings Mills.

As is often the case in political theater, most everyone offering up opinions about the debate had already chosen sides long before either candidate took the stage.

One diehard Redskins fan, Anne Irby, a caseworker in Mr. Cardin’s district office in Baltimore, said she watched the debate instead of the game.

“I thought my boss did great,” she said.

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