Is Hillary Clinton O’Malley’s Biggest Obstacle to the Nomination?

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via Gawker
via Gawker

As much as Gov. Martin O’Malley tends to inspire a fair amount of discontent in his home state (if my informal but long-running poll of Baltimore Sun and Washington Post commenters can be taken as representative), he is well-poised for the national stage. It’s all in how he frames his political projects, constantly defining state legislation in terms of the destiny of the entire nation. The pending death penalty repeal represents the direction the whole country is moving in; ditto wind energy; ditto gay marriage. The list goes on.

But according to BuzzFeed, O’Malley will need more than an ability to recast his so-so record as a charmed presidential prelude. He’ll need to take out Hillary Clinton. Apparently, the prospect of running against the former first lady, senator and Secretary of State is enough to give most Democratic hopefuls second thoughts. Nevermind that she was beaten in 2008 by a politician with comparatively puny name recognition and credentials.

I don’t know how seriously to take this article, given that the author also suggests Biden could be a formidable opponent, should he choose to run. Is that right? Hasn’t he gone a little Dan Quayle-ish since becoming vice president?

And what about Elizabeth Warren? Remember when she started (finally) giving the big banks hell and everyone fell in love with her?

I guess all I’m saying is: it’s still anyone’s game. I believe in you O’Malley. I am confident that by 2016, all your failures will be wiped from our collective memory. The gerrymander, the refusal to commute sentences, the disingenuous arguments for legislation — they will be forgotten. And if you try, I’m sure you can spook enough Democrats about the “huge negatives” Clinton would bring to the general election.



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