With the Carroll County Commissioners passing a bill to make English the official language in Carroll County you may not know that there was also a drive to make English the official language in Maryland. That attempt failed. So you could say that Carroll County is not a bell weather county for Maryland. At the same time the Howard County Council has extended anti discrimination protection to transgendered individuals. Even though we are neighbors it shows how different the cultures are in each county.
The level of xenophobia in the Republican party has long been something to which they have appealed for the past 10 or 20 years. Fear of "people not like us" has led the Republicans to labeling President Obama policies as "foreign" and to question his origin of birth to this country. As this Country moves to being more diverse demographically the party that doesn't adjust its positions to this reality will diminish in its political strength. This doesn't mean that it will not resist this decline by what ever means it can as shown by the Republican efforts this year to limit minority voter access to polls through voter suppression.