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Gregory Kane: Gov. O'Shameless, meet your brother and president

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Until this past Wednesday, I didn't think there was another elected official in the country more shameless than Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Enter one President Barack Hussein Obama this past Wednesday, laying down the executive orders he believes will lead to decreased gun violence, and playing the "I love kids" card.

Let me be clear: This president does NOT love children. Not unborn ones, anyway. His passion for abortion and the Roe v. Wade decision are renowned. Others might let him get away with claiming he loves the kiddies, but I'm not about to.

And ditto for his political party. Maryland's leading Democrats, virtually all of them supporters of abortion on demand, taxpayer-funded abortions and abortions for minors without parental consent, want to abolish the death penalty because, in their words, they don't want to execute an innocent person.

Yes, one of those Democrats is O'Malley, whom I dubbed Martin O'Shameless during his first run for governor in 2006. Before that, O'Shameless was mayor of Baltimore for seven years. During that time, I was a columnist for the Baltimore Sun.

O'Shameless' performance as mayor was rather underwhelming. Homicides did decrease on his watch, but he ordered police to use Draconian methods that at least one Baltimore circuit court judge said were flagrantly illegal.

Those tactics involved arresting droves of people for minor crimes. How bad did it get? Rank-and-file cops had to appeal to the police union to get O'Shameless to cease and desist.

When O'Shameless wasn't grinding the Bill of Rights into dust, he was pouting about Baltimore State's Attorney Patricia Jessamy and the way she was performing her job.

Then the school system ran up a deficit of $58 million. O'Shameless, to his credit, took part of the blame for not getting more details from the school superintendent about how tax money was being spent. To his discredit, he never admitted that if he hadn't been so busy telling Jessamy how to do her job, then maybe he'd have found the answers he was looking for.

O'Shameless and other city leaders appealed to the state for funds to cover the deficit. Then-Gov. Robert Ehrlich, a Republican, said the state would want some oversight of the money. Instead of taking the blame for their own financial mess, O'Shameless and Baltimore Democrats made Ehrlich the villain. It was then that I realized just how shameless Baltimore Democrats are.

I switched my party affiliation to Republican.

When O'Shameless ran for governor, he touted his fine education record in a city where the schools were dismal. In essence, the man was so shameless that he ran on a record of failure. And won.

Now there's talk of an O'Shameless run for president in 2016, so you might be seeing him in your state soon. But make no mistake about it. I've been wrong, as wrong as two left feet. There is an elected official in the land more shameless than Martin O'Shameless. The nation's leading proponent of infanticide brazenly faced his fellow Americans and purported to be a protector of our children.

The man who's demanding tougher gun control laws hails from Chicago, a city that saw a surge in gun violence last year and that also has some of the most Draconian gun control laws in the nation. The president on whose watch occurred the "Fast and Furious" program, which allowed hundreds of assault rifles to wind up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

And he actually said this: "We should get tougher on people who buy guns with the express purpose of turning around and selling them to criminals. And we should punish severely anybody who helps them do this."

Yes, our president did all this, with no sense of shame whatsoever. So, Gov. Martin O'Shameless of Maryland, allow me to introduce you to your brother from another mother: President Barack Hussein O'Shameless.

Examiner Columnist Gregory Kane is a Pulitzer-nominated news and opinion journalist who has covered people and politics from Baltimore to the Sudan.

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