O'Malley excoriates Republicans over 'fiscal cliff' fall

December 31, 2012|By Michael Dresser, Baltimore Sun

Far be it from Gov. Martin O'Malley to take a "pox on both their houses" approach.

In an interview Monday night, Maryland's Democratic governor pinned the blame for the federal government's tumble over the so-called "fiscal cliff" squarely on Republicans. Though Congress could reverse many of  the automatic tax increases and spending cuts that took effect after midnight as early as today, O'Malley wasted no time after the Republican-led House announced it would not vote on a deal last night in criticizing national GOP lawmakers.

"The Republicans in Congress just seem utterly incapable of engaging in the sort of principled compromise that allows our republic to function and take care of important public business like restoring our nation's finances," he said. "I know it would be popular and easy to say 'a pox on all their houses,' but the truth of the matter is this eagle needs both wings to fly and right now the right wing is broken."

O'Malley, who was one of President Barack Obama's chief surrogates in this year's elections, said the chief executive did everything he could to reach a compromise with congressional Republicans.

"Maybe the Republicans in Congress are still in campaign mode," he said. "It seemed pretty obvious they were willing to do anything they could to slow the economy to prevent the president's re-election. One would have hoped that with the election behind us, they would have focused on the national good. ... Perhaps some of them are so blinded by their extreme dislike of our president that they want the economy to fail as long as he is the president."

Should the deal negotiated in the Senate fail in the House, we know who's going to be ready for the Sunday talk shows.

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