Martin O’Malley clumsily tries to steal Elizabeth Warren’s moccasins
He endorsed Hillary Clinton when she ran against Barack Obama for the 2008 Democrat nomination for president. Today Martin O’Malley told ABC’s (former Clinton operative) George Stephanopolis that he doesn’t “know where she stands.” In other words, he sees an opportunity to take her out. O’Malley is nothing if not an opportunist.
Will the left wing hordes trying to draft Senator Faux-cahontas Warren into the race settle for the slow talking banjo busking former governor. Mediate noted that O’Malley “awkwardly struggled” to answer questions about national security.
Just a few of O’Malley’s stumbling inanities from This Week:
O’MALLEY: I believe that there are new perspectives that are needed in order for us to solve the problems that we face as Americans and also the problems that we face as people on this planet. And I believe that new perspective and new leadership is needed.”
STEPHANOPOULOS: And Hillary Clinton is not the candidate to take on those powerful special interests?
O’MALLEY: Well, I don’t know. I don’t know where she stands. Will she represent a break with the failed policies of the past? Well, I don’t know. What I know for my own part is in Maryland, we did the things that worked in order to attain the highest median income in the country, in order to create more jobs at a faster rate than our neighbors in Virginia or Pennsylvania.
Anyone remember O’Malley referring to Barack Obama’s “failed polices” before now? As far as job growth in Maryland exceeding Virginia, Politifact debunked that claim three years ago, and having the highest median income is pretty easy when your state’s economy is subsidized by the salaries of a horde of federal employees who aren’t affected by recessions.
STEPHANOPOULOS: As I said, governor, you sure sound like a candidate this morning.
But I wonder what you say to the people of Maryland. Polls done back in October, they were asked would Martin O’Malley make a good president. 70 percent said no. And this poll back in October had you well back in the pack of Democrats behind Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren.
These are the people that know you best.
O’MALLEY: Well, we came off a — we had just come off a contentious campaign there. And I think the most important thing, though, is George, that if you look at the record of accomplishments in Maryland, five years in a row creating the number one public schools in the country, reducing violent crime to 35-year lows, history is full of times when the inevitable front-runner is inevitable right up until he or she is no longer inevitable.
A contentious gubernatorial campaign where Republican Larry Hogan beat O’Malley’s Lieutenant Governor like a rented mule in a heavily Democratic state. The “contention” was over Anthony Brown being more of what O’Malley delivered. O’Malley likes to spout statistics but he is a notorious “cherry picker” when it comes to data.
The “number one” ranking for Maryland public schools has a lot to do with the O’Malley policy of excluding special education students from standardized testing. And while he’s patting himself on the back for reducing violent crime, he forgets to mention that under his watch a Baltimore penitentiary was literally being run by the “Black Guerrilla Family” gang.
If and when O’Malley throws his hat in the ring he’ll have something that neither Hillary Clinton nor Elizabeth Warren have—a record of failure as a chief executive.