It may take a meteor to end long-stalled debt talks, and in that vein, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is getting quite prehistoric in his criticism of congressional Republicans.
"Right now, for next year, I should be getting together our plan for closing our budget gap, and preparing for next General Assembly session," O'Malley said in an interview with liberal Talking Points Memo on Wednesday. "I can't do that — I doubt Gov. McDonnell, or any other state can — until we know whether or not extremists like Eric Cantor and his dinosaur wing of his party are going to compound our problems, make it twice as bad."
Moody's Investors Service announced Tuesday it may downgrade the bond ratings of five of the 15 states with coveted Aaa ratings. Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, New Mexico and Tennessee -- states with high proportions of federal employees and contracts -- are under review and likely would be downgraded if the U.S. government's rating were downgraded to Aa1 or lower, the investment services firm said.
No word yet if the House majority leader will go with sticks and stones or rubber and glue in his response.