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.
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."
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).