Few expected Maryland's Democrat-controlled legislature to whoop and holler in glee at Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's State of the State speech Wednesday. But by the time he finished, any visage of bipartisanship and tongue-biting had evaporated.
Democrats took issue with Hogan's tone, his characterization of Maryland and its economy, and that in his first formal address, he gave what sounded like a campaign speech instead of acting like cheerleader-in-chief.
Republicans, meanwhile, were effusive in their praise of a governor they said delivered straight talk, even if it was hard to hear.
Below is a sampling of the best zingers and one-liners offered by Maryland lawmakers in reaction to Hogan's State of the State. Since Democrats outnumber Republicans by big margins in both chambers of the legislature, there's a few more Democrats on this list than Republicans.
If they're any indication of how the legislative session might progress, they suggest a pretty deep partisan divide:
"Great guy, but he may need a new speechwriter. ... He started by saying that half of the people wanted to leave Maryland, and by the end of the speech, I think the other half did too." – Sen. Jamie Raskin, a Democrat from Montgomery County.
"He doesn't let the facts get in the way of politics. Deficit spending in our state? We have a balanced budget every year. We have the most millionaires per capita in the country and our schools are ranked No. 1 for three-four consecutive years. I think he was describing Louisiana or South Carolina." - Sen. Paul Pinsky, a Democrat from Prince George's County.
"It was medicine that needed to be taken. Maybe it's a little rough, but it's medicine." -Del. Robert L. Flanagan, a Republican from Howard County.
"I think he's been listening to too much Fox television," Sen. James Rosapepe, a Democrat from Prince George's County.
"To me, the other side is using a little bit of fear tactics. The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." - Del. Herb McMillan, a Republican from Anne Arundel County.
"The hope was that it would be a speech that would attempt to reach out. What we got was a gallon of gasoline thrown in the middle of the chamber." -Del. Luke Clippinger, a Democrat from Baltimore City.
"I thought his purple tie was the only bipartisan part of the speech," - Del. C. William Frick, a Montgomery County Democrat.
"The word that kept hitting my head was sobering ... It's an aggressive agenda. I think it's a good agenda." -former Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele, a Republican.