Could THIS Man Be The Democrats’ Hillary Alternative?


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.  As has been thoroughly discussed, not only is that a gigantic no-no, it’s illegal.  All week, the liberal mainstream media have been cutting Mrs. Clinton loose, and distancing themselves from being her water carriers.  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.  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 
Concord, N.H., tonight and look for the bland guy speaking awkwardly to a handful of curious customers.

That would be Martin O’Malley, the former governor of Maryland. Chances are you wouldn’t know him if you tripped over him, yet he could become the accidental front-runner if Hillary Clinton’s campaign continues to implode.

Why would this man be going to New Hampshire in the middle of a cold snap?  Hmm…

O’Malley will speak at a series of events and probably get a closer look from voters who aren’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?

O’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 he’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.  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.  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, and 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?  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.  That’s more than we can say for the current Occupant of the Oval Office.

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Cultural Limits
A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.