C'mon Breddy, look how easy he makes it look!
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is on a roll. Not in the he's-making-some-sound-public-policy-decisions sense. That'd be kind of boring. No, O'Malley's flying high thanks to some old school pandering. He's adhered himself so successfully to the success of his hometown Baltimore Ravens they may need a crowbar to pry him off.
First, when the Ravens made the playoffs, O'Malley demanded one of B-More's highest highrises be lit up in celebratory purple
. Then, after their first round drubbing of the Dolphins, he further blurred the line between pol and fan by requiring all state government buildings to hang "Go Ravens" banners. All of which begs the question: Where the hell is Bredesen?
Attaching yourself to a feel-good, no-downside story like a sports team on a roll is the kind of thing they teach on the first day of Media Manipulation 101. Seriously Bredesen, offer a friendly wager (the typical "I'll pony up my city's most famous dish for your city's most famous dish") and you guarantee yourself at least two days worth of positive coverage. A plate from Arnold's for blue crabs. It's really that simple.
Of course, all bets are off if Bredesen is just biding his time, waiting to unveil some super-cool, never-before-seen stunt. Like, for instance, parachuting into midfield before the coin toss. If he can pull that off, and nail the landing while he's at it, just forget we ever brought this up.