You’re On Your Own

That is the subtext of the message Governor O’Malley received from Senate President Mike Miller.

“The governor’s going to have to work to get 24 votes in the Senate for a slots package,” Mr. Miller, Southern Maryland Democrat, said last week. “It’s going to be up to the governor, and it’s going to be hard work.”

Mr. O’Malley said yesterday that legalizing slot machines during a special session is not his problem alone.

“I regard it as Maryland’s problem,” said Mr. O’Malley, imploring the assistance of Mr. Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch, Anne Arundel Democrat, to “get all of this done.”

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“What we need to have now is the will,” said Mr. O’Malley, a Democrat.

But it is his problem. And it is a problem he has studiously attempted to avoid. Governor O’Malley seems to think that his job is to think big thoughts and leave it to the hapless schmucks in the legislature to pass the bills and suck up the HEAT rounds that come with it.

Mr. Miller, as well as House Speaker Mike Busch, deserve credit for requiring O’Malley to do a lot of the heavy lifting if there is to be a special session. Far from sitting back and claiming success for the special session and denying responsibility for the tax increases, now Mr. O’Malley will be center stage for all the show.

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