Exposing Hillary So She Won't Get Elected

Can Martin O’Malley Challenge the Clinton Machine?

Can Martin O’Malley challenge the Clinton Death Star Machine?

Of course not. Thanks for playing.

In a normal world, imagine this election scenario: the current front-runner is pulling along more political baggage than a freight train loaded with cannonballs. Every day brings new revelations about the way she and her husband (himself laden with scandal) manipulated their “charity” for personal financial gain, and accusations about how she handled her job as Secretary of State pile up. She is old; she’ll be 72 at the end of her first term.

Into the race comes a next-generation figure in the party. O’Malley is only 52, and can point to his record as governor on issues such as gay marriage, immigration, economic issues and the death penalty.

In any normal election cycle, that would be a no-brainer. In any normal election cycle, a guy like O’Malley would be vying for front-runner status.

Sadly, this is not a normal election cycle.

O’Malley brings a decent resume to the game. He is a former big-city mayor whose story in Baltimore seemed well-tailored to an increasingly urban and minority party. He is a former two-term governor of Maryland, and even plays in his free time in a rock ’n’ roll band.

The former governor into resentments rooted in the 2008 financial collapse. “Tell me how it is that you can get pulled over for a broken taillight in our country,” he said, “but if you wreck the nation’s economy, you are untouchable.” His aides say O’Malley is a true progressive, one who became involved early on the issue of same-sex marriage, and a scrappy underdog who takes to tough political fights. He staked out early ground on an immigration overhaul in 2014, accusing the Obama administration of heartlessness in deporting children who had crossed the border from Mexico.

So what is O’Malley doing?

First, he is playing the long, long shot that something, anything, maybe a nuclear accident or a meteor strike, might dislodge Clinton and send the Democratic party looking for another option.

Second, he is using the presidential campaign for a boatload of publicity and name recognition that will serve whatever future plans he may have.

Lastly, maybe pathetically and certainly cynically, O’Malley is hoping he can generate enough support that he can throw it away and drop out of the race in return for some sweet position as Secretary of Something in the Hillary Clinton administration.