In Prime-Time Slot O’Malley Recycles Old Rhetoric

If you tuned into Governor O’Malley’s prime-time address to the Democratic convention last night and thought you were watching a rerun, you were correct.
O’Malley recycled the same tired rhetoric he’s been assaulting our intelligence with for years.
Last night O’Malley said, “And now Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan say they want to take America back, and so we ask, back to what?”
Sound familiar? It is. Swap out Romney and Ryan for Bob Ehrlich and you’ve got O’Malley’s reelection kickoff speech in 2010.
“’Take Maryland back to what?’ O’Malley said in Prince George’s and Rockville.”
Last night O’Malley asked, “How much less do you really think would be good for our country? How much less education would be good for our children?”
We just heard those lines nine months earlier, in O’Malley’s state of the state speech.
“How much less education do you think will be good for our children’s future?” he asked. “How much less public safety?”
That O’Malley served up the same thin gruel in a primetime speaking slot, makes one wonder if he did indeed get the Cory Booker treatment after his Sunday morning gaffe on Face the Nation. 
Baltimore Sun television critic David Zurawik described what most O’Malley speeches feel like after you’ve seen enough of them.

But I will tell you this: It was not a very good TV speech, and I suspect it played poorly in many living rooms around the country….
 Only in O’Malley’s case, the words were not very good either. The biggest mistake was trying to engage the audience in a call and answer chant/cheer: “President Obama is moving America forward, not back.” Making it seem hokier was the fact that some in the audience had signs that read either “moving forward” or “not back” that they held up as he led them in the refrain.

Those potions of the speech felt staged, artificial and more like something suited to a high school rally than the stage of a national convention where several powerful and moving speeches had already been sounded Tuesday. Worst of all, it made O’Malley seem more like a cheerleader than the leader of the Democratic governors and a top contender for president in 2016.

Nor did O’Malley talk about his own record as governor, because it a broken record, just like his rhetoric.

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