Saturday, May 30, 2015

The good and the not-so-much about Martin O'Malley

Think Progress with these five things.

  • Ended the death penalty in Maryland
  • Raised the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour
  • Legalized gay marriage
  • Implemented stricter gun control laws
  • Gave in-state tuition to the children of immigrants

Five Thirty Eight with at least these four things.  Maybe one more (click over).

  1. Hillary Clinton.
  2. O’Malley has essentially zero support from Democratic office-holders.
  3. He’s garnering just 2 percent support in Iowa, New Hampshire and national primary polls — far worse than Barack Obama at this point eight years ago.
  4. O’Malley made some noise about running to Clinton’s left, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is already occupying that ideological space. Meanwhile, O’Malley has been attacked from the left for his policing strategy during his time as Baltimore mayor.

O'Malley came to Houston and spoke at the Johnson-Rayburn-Richards dinner to Harris Democrats in 2013.   Even Matt Drudge likes him (that's a false flag).  The former governor of the Terrapin State does cut an impressive jib: tall, fit, handsome fellow.  And he's correct on many of the issues Democrats might be looking for in a presidential candidate in any other year but 2016.  But it's going to take lot more than good looks and good policy positions to gain some traction in the D primary at this point.

Update: The Onion with the candidate's profile. 


Gadfly said...

That last bad point ... not sure how much that will harm him with national black Democrats. But we know Pelosi likes him.

PDiddie said...

The people who protested his event today seem more sure about it.