Why was Governor Martin O’Malley in Iowa this weekend? Oh, you know, because it’s just one of those fun places everyone wants to spend a summer weekend! It certainly has nothing to do with O’Malley’s presidential ambitions, and the fact that the Iowa caucus is crucial to determining who’ll be the Democrats’ 2016 candidate for president. And isn’t it a funny coincidence that O’Malley spent last weekend in New Hampshire–the other early primary state–last weekend?
Now that he has finally admitted that he’s thinking about thinking about running, O’Malley is really going for it. According to the Washington Post, O’Malley won over many Iowans with a rousing speech that won him a standing ovation and praise from the crowd. “He can reach people on an emotional level, but he’s also accomplished things,” Democrat Sarah Stutler told the Post.
I have a theory: People in Iowa and New Hampshire usually get to wield a lot of power when it’s time to pick a presidential nominee. Since Hillary Clinton is such a strong front-runner, residents of those two states are perhaps feeling a little demoralized; if Clinton is as much of a shoo-in for the nomination as it seems, then they’re not as important as they have been in other years. So in the meantime they’re flirting with O’Malley just to kind of string him along, because it makes things more interesting. Or who knows, maybe he’ll surprise us all and be the next president of the United States.
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