This week, any potential presidential candidacy for Hillary Clinton evaporated with news that she used a personal email account run through a personal server to do State Department business while she was secretary. Â As has been thoroughly discussed, not only is that a gigantic no-no, it’s illegal. Â All week, the liberal mainstream media have been cutting Mrs. Clinton loose, and distancing themselves from being her water carriers. Â After all, the woman may end up going to jail.
So, as nothing happens in a vacuum, who, then, would be the heir apparent to the Democratic nomination. Â The vast majority of people jumped to the Elizabeth Warren idea, but the gossip sites had another name from sources inside the party as early as Tuesday: former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley.
Today, the Boston Herald reports:
If you want to know what life without Hillary looks like, drive up to a tiny coffee shop in â€¨Concord, N.H., tonight and look for the bland guy speaking awkwardly to a handful of curious customers.
That would be Martin Oâ€™Malley, the former governor of Maryland. Chances are you wouldnâ€™t know him if you tripped over him, yet he could become the accidental front-runner if Hillary Clintonâ€™s campaign continues to implode.
Why would this man be going to New Hampshire in the middle of a cold snap? Â Hmm…
Oâ€™Malley will speak at a series of events and probably get a closer look from voters who arenâ€™t so sure anymore that Clinton is the inevitable nominee.
And what do we know of Martin O’Malley other than he was once governor of a state on the east coast?
Oâ€™Malley is every bit as liberal as Elizabeth Warren, but without the rock-star status. Under his leadership, Maryland legalized gay marriage, abolished the death penalty and passed new gun control laws, and of course heâ€™s a big supporter of wind farms.
Not quite the progressive trinity, but close.
The article quoted laments O’Malley’s lack of name and face recognition. Â With a mainstream media determined to keep Republicans – ANY Republican – out of the White House, that little task can be accomplished in about a week. Â With coverage every night, and Martin O’Malley’s face plastered on CNN, MSNBC, and the nightly news, he too can be as well known as Michael Brown, Treyvon Martin, Scott Peterson, Ted Kaczynski, andÂ Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in quick order.
So, is it possible that O’Malley might well be the next Democratic candidate floated to a progressive fan club that needs something to cling to? Â Since he’s not running for Barbara Mikulski’s seat in the senate next year, it’s entirely possible.
On the bright side, at least O’Malley has executive experience, and actually grew up in the United States. Â That’s more than we can say for the current Occupant of the Oval Office.