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Gov. O’Malley: the southern end of a north-bound horse even in victory

Maryland Gov. O'Malley won his ballot initiatives but will that boost his national profile?
Maryland Gov. O'Malley won his ballot initiatives but will that boost his national profile?

While behavior after losing a competition may be a great yardstick for the measurement of one’s character, equally important is one’s conduct after a victory.
We have all experienced an ill-tempered reaction to a thumping – be it one who pitches the board game across the room, takes the proverbial ball and goes home or blames the drubbing on everything except their own incompetence (see: Maryland Republican Party).
Yet the smug, gloating boo-yah type of winner is equally infuriating; sometimes more so, only because the vanquished already suffered the indignity of defeat, and now has to stomach the additional humiliation of having the salt of superiority rubbed into the open wound.
Opponents of Maryland’s ballot questions not only woke on November 7 to news of a resounding defeat they also had to endure the crowing of a puffed-up Pol who obviously doesn’t know when to shut up.
For all his bluster about civility, cooperation and ‘One Maryland’, Governor O’Casinolackey didn’t even wait for the voting machines to cool before stomping about like the only rooster in the barnyard.
Yes, the three ballot measures that he championed – gay marriage, in-state tuition for illegals and expanded gambling – were exceedingly successful; more so than even supporters could have imagined.
But, as Marylanders who oppose the policies of the monopoly party have learned, state Democrats aren’t satisfied with mere victory, they – as Senate President Mike Miller reminded us back in 2006 – were going to “bury the Republicans six feet deep, faces up, so they won’t come out for 20 years.”
And given the current state of Republican ‘leadership’ in this state he may have been about a half-century short in that assessment.
With these election results, O’Malley’s political stock hit blue chip status, and the ever-more-liberal Maryland voter gave the lame duck governor the legacy he was seeking.
This pedigree – along with his high-profile, talking head TV show appearances in support of President Obama – will certainly revitalize O’Malley’s national office aspirations.
His quest for perhaps the highest office in the land will now be supported whole-heartedly by the gay community, and his push for the ‘fairness’ of the in-state tuition initiative has certainly secured votes from the ever-growing Latino community.
But in a political climate where success is predicated on whether or not Joe Electorate would like to ‘have a beer’ with their candidates, Gov. O’Malley is as likeable as a TSA cavity search.
He is, as the infamous Mr. Grinch was once described, as “cuddly as a cactus and as charming as an eel,” and never was this warmth so prominently on display as when the governor followed up his ballot box accomplishments with a whining indictment of Maryland’s referendum process.
Given the energy and effort put forth by ballot initiative opponents during the petition process, O’Malley’s legacy could have just as easily been one of defeat and failure.
The threat of such a foundering is why it took less than 24 hours after polls had closed for this governor to not only attack the petition-for-referendum process, but to also suggest the legislature revisit the procedure – particularly the on-line gathering of signatures.
“I think we have been best served in our state in the over 200 years or more of our history,” the governor said with gushing sanctimony, “by a representative democracy rather than plebiscites.”
The governor went on to explain his stance by deeming the signature collection method as “too easy,” even though Marylanders have to jump through more hoops than the Lipizzaner Stallions in order to fight the tsunami of lunacy that Annapolis often unleashes on the state.
Plebiscite – for those without access to Merriam, Webster or a local dictator – can be loosely described as a vote by the people of an entire country, district, etc. to decide an issue. By means of plebiscites, political parties can be bypassed, thereby creating a path to a popular mandate without opposition.
It is a tool of totalitarian regimes that use them to legitimize their power.
While Gov. O’Malley and the Maryland Democrats may know a thing or fifty about totalitarian rule, the plebiscite charge leveled the day following the election was aimed at the voters – specifically those voters who dared question the all-knowing intellect of this state’s monopoly party.
You see, in Gov. O’Malley’s big government, nanny-state world ‘we the people’ is just a catchy little – albeit antiquated – slogan. We couldn’t possibly be smart enough to know what is best for our families, businesses or communities, so it would be best if we just joined in the lock-step parade and stop questioning this collection of elected Einsteins.
And yet it’s always the Republicans that suffer the slings and arrows of voter suppression tactics.
In the end it is that sore-loser, boots-on-the-throat approach that may yet derail this governor’s national ascension. Which may be why polls show that in spite of a 50-percent approval rating in Maryland (that’s a head-shaker in its own right), more than half of those polled do not think Gov. O’Malley would be a viable presidential candidate.
And it’s not just Marylanders. In a recent survey published by Public Policy Polling, Iowa Democrats were asked who they would support in a hypothetical 2016 Democratic primary. Hillary Clinton polled at 58-percent while Joe Biden pulled in 17. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo received 6-percent, and newly-elected Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren garnered 3-percent.
Both O’Malley and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick received zero – none – nada.
Perhaps, for sake of argument and in keeping with the liberal philosophy of ignoring personal responsibility, this governor is a victim of his environment. Maybe his haughtiness and inability to cooperate with those who oppose him have been elevated because he hasn’t had to reach across any aisles or suffer the actions of a legislature that opposes him.
Martin O’Malley is used to getting his way because nothing/no one has ever stood in his way, and much like the spoiled child overindulged by its parents he is rewarded equally for both bad behavior and good.
The ‘parents’ in this state have spoken – here’s hoping there are a few more adults in the room when this southern end of a north bound horse hits the trail in search of national pastures.


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