This is what I and other Republicans fought during the 2006 election. Unfortunately, we were not successful against the National anti-Republican tide. I do hope that this does not predict the ills that can run rampant when one party has an absolute power monopoly. George Bush has it lucky – the Democrats do not have cloture – the votes to overcome a veto. Gov. Ehrlich wasn’t so lucky. Bipartisanship in Maryland is defined as Democrats agreeing with each other. Woe to the Repbulican (or Democrat for that matter) who has a different opinion. Keep in mind that Pelosi learned her political lessons from the Maryland Democratic machine.
From the Baltimore Sun:
Lawmakers start today
On eve of session, Democrats vow end to confrontation; death penalty, health care reform seen as key issues
By Andrew A. Green and Justin Fenton
Originally published January 10, 2007
On the eve of today’s start to the General Assembly session, Democrats gloated a bit about their victories in the November election but also said the time has come to prove to voters that they can solve the problems of the state.
Lawmakers will tackle the death penalty, health care and other issues certain to reveal deep divisions during the 90 days they are in Annapolis.
But during the Democratic Party’s annual pre-session luncheon yesterday, legislative leaders, county executives and others – including Gov.-elect Martin O’Malley – pledged an end to the confrontation that ruled Annapolis during Republican Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.’s term.
“Last year at this luncheon, we were going into battle, and we won that battle, the contest of ideas,” O’Malley said. “Now we have to win the peace.”
At their luncheon, Democrats were gleeful about their victories in retaking the governorship and picking up legislative seats from Republicans. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, who has made the environment a top priority, even went so far to declare that that “fish and crabs and oysters and clams … are rejoicing today that the Democrats are in power.”
At the same event a year before, Miller had pledged that Democrats would “get together and we’re going to shoot [Republicans] down. We’re going to put them in the ground. We’re going to bury them upside-down, and it’ll be 10 years before they crawl out again.”
Yesterday, Democrats were pondering whether 10 years will be enough time for Republicans to recover.
“That’s not long enough,” said the ordinarily reserved Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett. “We need to literally put a stake through their hearts.”
Sun reporter Jennifer Skalka contributed to this article.
I can’t wait….