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O'Malley Pulls a 'Sorkin'

Recycling is easy if you try: Whether it's jobs or connecting homes to the power grid, the most important one is always the next one.

Gov. Martin O'Malley loves a good turn of phrase.

The poet-governor took a page from screenwriter Aaron Sorkin Monday during an update on storm recovery. Sorkin, writer of the West Wing and other movies and television shows, has a reputation for liberally borrowing from himself (some would say "self-plagiarizing").

It is in that tradition that the O'Malley Monday offered reporters and the public this re-heated line:

"The most important home we restore to power is the next one," O'Malley said, speaking about efforts by BGE and PEPCO to restore power to customers around Maryland.

Sound familiar?

O'Malley has used a variant of this before in comments about job creation:

"This is why the most important job we create is the next one."

O'Malley said that during his February 1 State of the State speech and again during an April 13 Innovate Maryland speech.

In the movie "Bull Durham," Kevin Costner advised Tim Robbins to work on his cliches: "They're your friends," he said.

So can you really blame the governor if he re-purposes his own words every now and again?

It got Sorkin all the way to the White House (twice).

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Scott in Towson July 05, 2012 at 10:35 PM
I think most speakers and political figures repeat themselves because they're on the road all the time and speak to various and many audiences and therefore need to reiterate their message over and over again. You must have been hard up for something to write about. This says more about YOU, Bryan, or Patch, than it does about our outstanding Governor Martin O'Malley, who happens to be one of the most popular elected officials in the country. What, Bryan, has it been too long since you've stoked up the nutcases on the far-right who despise O'Malley regardless? Can't wait to hear those wackos go berserk as he's building his profile for future national politics.
Tom Fitzpatrick July 05, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Yes they do repeat themselves. O'Malley using variations of this line doesn't sound nearly half a stupid as John Boehner and Mitch McConnell going on about "job creators".
Native July 06, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Montgomery County was hard hit, had no police at intersections.
Native July 06, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Thank God most of Maryland does not feel the same as you Scott!
de. nielson July 06, 2012 at 01:41 AM
it would be funny if MOM ran for president and couldn't win his home state because we know the truth

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