Boo-birds greeted O'Malley
Gov. Martin O'Malley is in Washington today for inaugural ceremonies. He hopes for a better reception than he received in Baltimore on Saturday, when the boos were audible when O'Malley stepped to a platform in War Memorial Plaza for a speech before Barack Obama's entrance.
The crowd had been standing in the cold for hours, and were eager for the arrival of the 44th president. Our eyes and ears in the throng told us that anyone who wasn't Obama would have received the same coarse greeting.
But if you listen to talk radio or read Baltimore Sun message boards, you know that there is a strong -- if minority -- strain that is heavily opposed to the governor. A poll this month by Gonzales Research & Marketing had the governor's disapproval rating up two percentage points, to 37 percent from 35 percent. Forty-nine percent said he was doing a good job.
What's your opinion? Were you there? Were the boos true anti-O'Malley sentiment, or were they a product of a cold, long afternoon?