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Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 10/03/2011

O’Malley doubles down on gerrymandering

At the height of the national debate over raising the debt ceiling, Maryland Gov, Martin O’Malley wrote a column for the Huffington Post in which he excoriated the Tea Party and Republicans in Congress.

“Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen divisiveness and political gamesmanship like we’ve never seen before. We’ve seen a new wing of the Republican party emerge with one goal and one goal only and that is to defeat President Obama in the upcoming election — even if it means killing the jobs recovery and risking our country’s financial stability.”

Indeed, since becoming chair of the Democratic Governors’ Association, O’Malley has frequently criticized the GOP for placing party before country and for being partisan hostage takers — willing to risk our nation’s very future in an effort to defeat President Obama in 2012.

I happen to think that much of O’Malley’s criticism of the GOP and the Tea Party, though a bit hyperbolic, was correct.

Unfortunately for O’Malley, recent events suggest that he is every bit as partisan, petty and unconcerned with the health of our democracy as are the Republicans he so often criticizes.

As reported by The Post, O’Malley’s Redistricting Commission appears to have settled on two possible options for redrawing Maryland’s congressional districts. Each map represents no less than an assault on the very concept of democratic representation. Each map represents an act of puerile political cowardice drawn for the express purpose of suppressing the will of the people in the state of Maryland.

With these maps, no doubt drawn with his full input and oversight, Gov. O’Malley appears ready to embrace divisiveness and political gamesmanship with one goal and one goal only and that is to help Democrats reclaim the House of Representatives in 2012 — even if it means effectively disenfranchising four in 10 Marylanders and risking our country’s future by exacerbating the problem of polarized politics.

[Continue reading Todd Eberly’s post at The FreeStater Blog.]

Todd Eberly blogs at The FreeStaterBlog. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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