It seems that Martin O’Malley’s mind may finally be transitioning to “compare-contrast mode” with his biggest potential rival for the 2016 Democratic presidential primary. The former governor took his first recognizable shot at Hillary Clinton over the weekend. Of course, he traveled to a state that she lost to Barack Obama in 2008 to do it, and he didn’t actually say her name.
At the Democratic Party’s John Spratt Issues Conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C., O’Malley gave a speech in which he made reference to the politics of “triangulation,” a word often used by opponents of Bill Clinton and/or Hillary to brand their poll-driven approach to centrism.
Here’s what O’Malley said, via the New York Times: “The most fundamental power of our party and our country is the power of our moral principles. Triangulation is not a strategy that will move America forward. History celebrates profiles in courage, not profiles in convenience.”
Such as the courage to refrain from naming the target of your verbal attacks?
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