Martin O’Malley grins gamely when I ask him why there isn’t yet a “Martin O’Malley wing of the Democratic Party.” Elizabeth Warren has a wing. Why not him? O’Malley’s been in governance far longer, has accomplished more, is arguably just as liberal as the freshman senator from Massachusetts — and unlike Warren, he’s actually running for president. Why do some progressives tend to dismiss him as a mere technocrat who doesn’t inspire?
For months, if not years now, various activists and journalists have been dreaming of an Elizabeth Warren presidential campaign. Ideological media bias is greatly overstated by partisans, but bias in favor of interesting stories and against dull outcomes is massive and quite real. Barack Obama's 2007-2008 upset of Hillary Clinton was one of the best political stories of my lifetime, while Clinton's utter domination of the 2014-2015 invisible primary is one of the least fascinating. What's more, as Vox's Ezra Klein has argued, a Clinton-Warren race would give Democrats an interesting clash of ideas around the role of finance in the 21st century economy.
The wait is over. Martin O'Malley is running for president. The former Maryland governor formally kicked off his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination on Saturday in Baltimore, the city he served as mayor for six years. O'Malley, who has been publicly weighing a bid for years, is aiming to present himself as a solidly progressive alternative to former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. But it's going to be an uphill slog—in the most recent Quinnipiac poll, he received just 1 percent—56 points behind Clinton, and 14 points behind Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who was an independent until he entered the 2016 Democratic contest.
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) said Sunday that he would announce his presidential run from Baltimore if he follows through with a White House bid. "I wouldn't think of announcing any place else," he said during an interview on NBC's "Meet The Press." O'Malley, who was the Baltimore mayor from 1999 to 2007, has faced criticisms since protests broke out last week in response to the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody last month. As mayor, O'Malley imposed a strict policing policy that led to a drop in violent crimes, but some say it also fueled distrust between the police and the community.
A gunman opened fire at a busy shopping mall in suburban Baltimore Saturday, sending store employees and customers scrambling for cover. Police said three people died, including the person believed to be the shooter, in an apparent murder-suicide. The attack took place at a skate shop called Zumiez on the upper level of the Mall in Columbia, a suburb of both Baltimore and Washington, according to Howard County Police.
A gunman opened fire in a crowded suburban shopping mall Saturday, leaving three people dead and setting off panic as hundreds of fear-stricken shoppers and mall employees raced for cover. The suspect, armed with a shotgun, was among the victims at The Mall in Columbia, Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon said. Police said a fourth victim was being treated for a gunshot wound to the foot. Four other people either suffered from medical conditions or suffered minor injuries such as twisted ankles, he said.
Gunfire erupted in a Columbia, Maryland, shopping mall late Saturday morning, leaving three people dead and four injured, police said. Howard County Police Chief Bill McMahon told reporters that the shooter apparently shot two people before shooting himself in a store on the second floor. The motive was unclear.
If Democratic rising star Martin O’Malley decides to run in 2016, he’ll have to figure out a way to distance himself from the Wire character who was partly based on him. Ben Jacobs reports. There are countless fictional characters based on real politicians. Huey Long inspired a character in All The King’s Men and Primary Colors features a deft parody of Bill Clinton. But in both these cases, the fiction came second: Clinton and Long were major public figures before they became prominent fictional characters. What happens when the fictional character becomes well known before the politician that the character is based on?
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, accused Rick Perry and the rest of the Republican presidential field of pandering to their party’s extremists and demonstrating “little serious thought” about what they would do if elected.