Still speaking for myself.
The Maryland Democratic Party was humbled on Tuesday. Governor-Elect Hogan managed to get a substantial victory, performing well across the state. This wasn't just a matter of the general Republican wave, as Brian Frosh is now Attorney General-Elect and Maryland's economy has been over-performing the national under Gov. O'Malley.
The incoming Governor deserves credit for staking out an agenda, however much I disagree with it. It is not enough to point out differences on social issues when one's opponent is not running on them and the legislature is not in play. Similarly, we Democrats in Maryland and around the country need to do a better job of providing a clear economic agenda. Fundamentally, even though the national economy is improving, these remain troubled times with stagnating wages. Democrats cannot hope to prevail unless we offer answers on these questions. The increasing nationalization of even gubernatorial races means we can't sit on our laurels even when the results are positive.
I was fairly frightened as to the fate of the Purple Line going into the election. Thankfully, Governor-Elect Hogan's initial words and deeds have lived up to his campaign pledge to be willing to work with Maryland's Democrats. Despite the fears that I shared, his initial take on the Purple Line is that "we're going to be talking about that during transition." There's a lot for him to take on during that period and taking his time and reviewing the range of active and ongoing projects from the O'Malley administration makes sense. He has appointed a Democractic co-chair of his transition team which offers valuable opportunities in living up to his stated goal of being "a governor for all of Maryland."
No doubt Governor-Elect Hogan will put his imprint on things, but projects like the Purple Line can fit with a growth agenda and have broad business community support because they bring economic as well as environmental benefits. As Dan Reed has noted, the Silver Line was initiated under a Republican Governor and a Republican President.
To be clear, the onus is on Purple Line advocates more than ever to explain the virtues of the project. This is a duty I do not intend to shirk and I hope we can all come together to continue to build a brighter future for the state we love.