Tag: Martin O’Malley

A Glossary of 2016 Campaign Terms I Just Made Up


As hispandering (pandering to Hispanics) enters the American political lexicon, so too do a host of other terms whose meanings may not be immediately clear in the rapidly-changing landscape of the 2016 presidential campaign. Below is a glossary of some of the newest terms and their definitions.

Kasichiness – Most often afflicting Democrat and establishment Republican governors, this condition results in the irresistible itch to expand your state’s roll in bankrupting the already insolvent Medicaid program. Scratching this itch usually only makes the condition worse.

The Democrats Go Full Gun-Grabber


shutterstock_190967072One of the biggest applause lines from last week’s Democratic debate was Martin O’Malley’s cocksure, focused description of the National Rifle Association as the enemy he’s most proud to have made. Moments later, Hillary Clinton seconded the notion, though she went on to include — among other things, and in the same tones — the Iranians and the Republican Party. But, as if to make the point even clearer over the weekend, Clinton echoed President Obama’s recent allusion to Australia’s draconian licensing and buy-back policy as a model for the United States to emulate.

It’s increasingly apparent that the Democrats plan to make the abrogation of gun rights a major part of their 2016 platform. This may not be quite as bad politics as it sounds: a recent Pew Survey found that support for gun rights has waned from its high last year, and that was before the latest cluster of shootings, including that of the Virginia news crew and at Umpqua Community College. According to the same survey, gun control remains wildly popular among Democrats. The good news is that the overall numbers are still near historic highs in favor of rights, with the country nearly evenly split on the matter.

However, two things are concerning. First, we are — as Charles C.W. Cooke darkly suggests — likely not too far off from the first HD, livestreamed mass murder. Imagine the effect a Newtown-style massacre would have next fall if its horror was uploaded (unedited) to YouTube in 1080p. Second, imagine what a legacy-hunting Obama and a desperate Hillary Clinton might do with that, especially when Wayne LaPierre inevitably makes an idiot of himself and blames video games and calls for armed guards in every school.

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Some Lives Matter: The Bizarre Politics of the Modern Democratic Party


NN15_OMalleyAs Ricochet member Doug Kimball mentioned earlier, Bernie Sanders brought his moldy message of 19th-century economics to Phoenix this weekend. The Vermonter joined fellow presidential candidate Martin O’Malley on stage for Netroots Nation’s raucous townhall event. When I typed the previous sentence, autocorrect changed “townhall” to “downhill” which is a decent summary of the progressive confab.

While former Maryland Governor and Baltimore Mayor O’Malley was answering questions from moderator (and illegal immigrant) Jose Antonio Vargas, African American activists jumped on stage, grabbed the mic, and “shut [expletive] down” to use their elegant phrase. Fellow activists cheered, others booed, and while O’Malley grimaced, the chants of “black lives matter” drowned out any message the candidate had planned to share.

Trying to regain control, O’Malley responded to the protest by saying, “black lives matter, white lives matter, all lives matter.” The protestors were shocked. Gasps filled the audience. You almost could hear a scratching record echo through the hall.

Does Martin O’Malley Even Know How Guns Work?


“Martin O’Malley,” The New York Times reported yesterday, “a Democratic candidate for president, called for a new national assault weapons ban and other gun control measures.” O’Malley reportedly touted his record in Maryland for “passing laws ‘that banned high-magazine weapons, increased licensing standards and required fingerprinting for handgun purchasers.’”

Does this guy even know what an “assault weapon” is? 

Marching with Martin


AR-130629664Political professionals call it “vetting”—the prolonged period of getting to know a candidate with little or no national profile. Journalists and opposition researchers comb through dusty files in city halls and state houses looking for evidence of character traits or telling details. Mostly, though, they’re looking for scandal and dodgy associations in public careers that in some cases span decades.

All politicians have an eye out for higher office, so they work hard to keep a tidy paper trail. But some candidates leave more than just paper behind. If, as looks increasingly likely, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley decides to run for president, the political professionals will need to vet more than just his record—they’ll need his CDs as well.

Any O’Malley for President campaign is sure to try to sharpen the Democrat’s public image by touting his longtime service as frontman of the Celtic rock band O’Malley’s March. O’Malley formed this labor of love in 1988, before holding public office, and the group plays semi-regularly at pubs and festivals around Baltimore. Their performance schedule slowed considerably when O’Malley became governor in 2007.

The Ides Have It


tumblr_mji45nGw2l1r7sitbo1_1280Yesterday was the Ides of March, which leads us in one of two directions: 1) Watching the so-so 2011 political thriller of the same name, featuring George Clooney and Ryan Gosling (why does fictional politics — Ides of MarchHouse of CardsBob Roberts — involve Pennsylvania lawmakers of dubious morals?). 2) Or, given the events on this date in ancient Rome, pondering the intersection of statesmen, their supposed friends, and the wielding of knives.

Which leads us to the current goings-on between Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

Technically, it’s not a political backstabbing. Or even a shiv in the ribs.

The Martin Chronicles


SEN. CLINTON RECIEVES ENDORSEMENT FROM GOV O'MALLEY IN ANNAPOLISJust a few days ago, a not-so-veiled swipe at the politics of “triangulation” fueled speculation that former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley was gearing up for a challenge to Hillary Clinton. His exact fightin’ words: “Triangulation is not a strategy that will move America forward. History celebrates profiles in courage, not profiles in convenience.” Take that, “bridge to a 21st 22nd Century” . . .

Then came this plot twist out of Baltimore’s Fells Point neighborhood: Barbara Mikulski, Maryland’s senior U.S. senator, announcing that she won’t seek a sixth term in 2016 (here’s a list of all senators whose terms expire next year).

Now, the speculation is that O’Malley might shift his sights to the Senate — the thinking being that it’s less formidable than taking on the Clinton Death Star.

Other Straws in the Wind


shutterstock_158954213Earlier this week, I drew attention to the dearth of panels at the 2014 American Political Science Association (APSA) conference that were devoted to an assessment of the achievements in domestic and foreign affairs of the administration of Barack Obama. As I pointed out, the APSA has fifty-three “divisions” and sixty “related groups”that sponsor more than one thousand panels at these meetings with something on the order of four thousand scholars making presentations of one sort or another. Given those numbers, the profession’s silence with regard to Obama’s accomplishments are so striking as to suggest that the political science profession now regards “the One” as an embarrassment.

Today, I returned to the program of the APSA, which is available online and can be downloaded and searched. This I did with an eye to studying it more closely. Here and there, I found that someone had given a paper on some aspect of Barack Obama’s career — usually, with a focus on race — but that no one had bothered to ask whether he had been successful on the whole at home or abroad.

I found other omissions no less striking. There was, for example, not a single paper given at the convention in which the name Clinton appeared in the title, and there was not a single paper delivered in which the title referred to anyone named Hillary. You would think –given her front-runner status for the Democratic presidential nomination — someone would have addressed her achievements as Secretary of State or as a United States senator. But no one even bothered to discuss her future prospects, and no one looked back to the administration of her husband.