But maybe I should be more willing to give credit where it's due. Especially after reading this:
Two governors and their diverging political fortunesFascinating.
By Barbara Hollingsworth, Washington Examiner
Maryland and Virginia both enjoy the honor of having their sitting governors also being named to top national party posts. But the similarity between Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell ends there.
The political trajectory of McDonnell -- who was just named head of the Republican Governors Association -- is clearly on the upswing, while Democratic Governors Association chief O'Malley's trend line is going down.
the governors' diverging fortunes today are not the result of lucky -- or unlucky -- timing. They were preordained by statewide policies they themselves pursued.
In 2007, O'Malley pushed through a $1.4 billion tax increase, the largest in Maryland history. His "millionaire's tax" failed to raise more revenue, but did succeed in driving many wealthy taxpayers out of the state.
In contrast, McDonnell cut spending to eliminate a $4.2 billion budget deficit without raising taxes and defeated a $2 billion state income tax increase proposal. Today, O'Malley's state still faces a $1.1 billion shortfall for 2013. Virginia has a budget surplus.
The Old Dominion has also surged past the Old Line State in a number of independent business-friendly rankings, including CNBC's and the latest Pollina Corporate Real Estate study, both of which named Virginia the "Best State for Business," no doubt leading to Northrop Grumman's decision to relocate its corporate headquarters across the Potomac River.
O'Malley defended the Obama administration's out-of-control spending, borrowing, and demands for tax increases, claiming the president "hasn't gone far enough on reinvestment and stimulus and recovery."
In contrast, McDonnell predicts that Obama will have a hard time winning Virginia again in 2012: "His message is more taxes, more regulation, more unionization and more government. That's not gonna sell in most places in Virginia."
Unlike O'Malley, McDonnell's prudent fiscal stewardship is now bearing fruit. His rising political star came about the old-fashioned way: He earned it. [link]