While the media obsessively covers Hillary Clinton as if she was a shoo-in for the 2016 Democratic nomination, there are others who could challenge her, other than vice-president Joe Biden. One such person is the current governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley. I wrote about him before back in January.
He is well within the mainstream of the Democratic Party but has not pandered to the right wing of his party as much as the others and does not have all the baggage that Clinton and Biden have of being associated with bad policies.
According to Martin Longman, as governor, O’Malley has “legalized gay marriage, raised the minimum wage, enacted stricter gun control laws, eased access to college for undocumented people, and banned the death penalty”. Although a Catholic, he defied a request from the archbishop of Baltimore to oppose same-sex marriage. The Tea Party, Fox News, and the Republican party will hate him for all these policies but they seem to be focused on Clinton.
Walter Shapiro suggests ways in which how a more progressive Democratic should deal with the highly mixed legacy of the Obama administration while Haley Sweetland Edwards reviews O’Malley’s political career and his data-driven management style when he was mayor of Baltimore and later as governor.
He is also pretty telegenic and handles himself well with the vacuous TV talking heads as can be seen in this clip.
I have not heard anything really negative about O’Malley from a progressive viewpoint. We could do a lot worse.