Has Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley uncovered why Democrats are so unwilling to reach across the aisle and work with Republicans to avert a plunge over the fiscal cliff? The Wall Street Journal reports that O’Malley hopes Republicans will “shed their sort of Tea Party obstructionist stench” and strike a deal with Democrats on issues ranging from tax increases to immigration reform.

But seriously, stench? Has O’Malley hired Hugo Chavez’s speechwriter?