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Martin O’Malley’s Legacy of Failure

Posted on | June 1, 2015 | 45 Comments

When former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley declared his presidential candidacy, the Democrat’s record as governor for eight years, after being mayor of Baltimore for eight years, was an obvious hindrance:

Martin O’Malley launched his presidential campaign Saturday with an appeal to the party’s progressive base that he hopes will upend the conventional wisdom that Hillary Clinton is destined to clinch the Democratic nomination.
The former Maryland governor unveiled his campaign in Baltimore, the city where he was once mayor — a role that is central to his political persona. But his Baltimore credentials could become more of a challenge than he initially thought after a riot erupted in the city in April.

Gee, ya think? And do you think that maybe some members of “the party’s progressive base” are smart enough to look at O’Malley’s record and figure out it’s all smoke-and-mirrors to conceal his glaring incompetence? Speaking of incompetence:

With three men killed in eastside shootings on Sunday, Baltimore recorded its deadliest month in more than 40 years.
The 43 killings in May surpassed the 42 homicides the city saw in August 1990, and left Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake defending police and her administration.
Speaking at a morning ceremony to honor McKenzie Elliott, the 3-year-old killed by a stray bullet in August, Rawlings-Blake said it’s time to stop finger-pointing and assigning blame for the recent violence.

“Stop all this finger-pointing! Why are you looking at me?” This is what being a Democrat is about: Avoiding responsibility. Say whatever you have to say to get elected and avoid blame when it all goes to hell.

This is Martin O’Malley’s legacy to Baltimore.

(Via Memeorandum.)



45 Responses to “Martin O’Malley’s Legacy of Failure”

  1. Homicide | hogewash
    June 1st, 2015 @ 6:56 am

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  2. Gunga
    June 1st, 2015 @ 7:07 am

    If they are trying to make this not look like a coronation for Her Royal Agedness, they are failing…eleventy…

  3. Steve Skubinna
    June 1st, 2015 @ 7:07 am

    Yeah, let’s not assign blame for the violence. That might inadvertently lead, God forbid, to finding a solution to it.

    What’s important is that people have space to destroy, right, Mayor?

  4. daialanye
    June 1st, 2015 @ 7:48 am

    With Hillary on a downslide and Sanders looking more goofy every day, at this time O’Malley looks to be the most likely Dem candidate. Not sure I’m too thrilled with that. I’d rather face the old lady who’s had some brain trauma.

  5. TheOtherAndrewB
    June 1st, 2015 @ 8:24 am

    One must never lose sight of the fact that, among liberals, failure can be a resume enhancer. O’Malley’s greatest obstacles to overcome are the facts that he is white and male. If he is ambitious enough, perhaps he can have a uterus implanted in time for 2016.

  6. Jim R
    June 1st, 2015 @ 8:40 am

    Baltimore? Maryland? Never heard of them. They are paradises. This is just a distraction. Bush!

    —- MiniTru

  7. Jim R
    June 1st, 2015 @ 8:41 am

    O’Malley’s greatest obstacles to overcome are the facts that he is white and male.

    That only applies to Republicans.

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  9. JeffS
    June 1st, 2015 @ 9:03 am

    A Democrat is a failure? Color me surprised.

  10. Matthew W
    June 1st, 2015 @ 9:11 am

    Don’t leave out “the Dumbest VP EVER !!”, Joe Biden will be in the mix too.

  11. Finrod Felagund
    June 1st, 2015 @ 9:59 am

    The difference between Martin O’Malley and Hillary Clinton is that Hillary’s smoke and mirrors are both bigger and concealing a body count.

  12. ericjg623
    June 1st, 2015 @ 10:26 am

    ” his glaring incompetence? ”

    Why should this be an obstacle? It certainly didn’t stop the Obama worship back in 2008, despite the fact that Obama’s only accomplishment at the time was giving a pretty sounding speech in 2004 back when he was just a state senator and not even a REAL Senator …

  13. Matt_SE
    June 1st, 2015 @ 10:32 am

    I don’t blame O’Malley much for Baltimore, because all Democratic cities are like that. Who could’ve turned that city around? I can’t think of anyone. I do blame him for his time as governor, though.
    This cycle is for Democrats what last cycle was for Republicans: who is the least-worst candidate?

  14. Jim R
    June 1st, 2015 @ 11:08 am

    I don’t blame O’Malley much for Baltimore, because all Democratic cities are like that. Who could’ve turned that city around?

    HE could have. Indeed, he was elected implicitly to do so, as are all mayors, councilmen, legislators, the president, &c. They are not elected to blindly follow stupid or failed policies based on party affiliation, but to look to the best interests of the people they serve.

    Guiliani did it in NYC. Other mayors have done it in history. O’Malley had his chance… and he blew it because he was apparently too damned stupidly partisan to put an end to failed policies, graft, corruption, and incompetence at lower levels of government.

  15. Matt_SE
    June 1st, 2015 @ 11:12 am

    I guess I meant, “which Democrat could’ve turned it around?”
    Their entire party is a political monoculture that is incapable of reform.

  16. Jim R
    June 1st, 2015 @ 11:15 am

    Ah. Yes, you’re quite right.

  17. TheOtherAndrewB
    June 1st, 2015 @ 11:23 am

    With Republicans, Condolezza Rice is considered a white male, so it doesn’t make too much difference.

  18. V the K
    June 1st, 2015 @ 11:35 am

    As they say in Maryland, “If you can dream it, we can tax it.”

  19. McGehee
    June 1st, 2015 @ 12:05 pm

    his glaring incompetence

    Lese majeste!!!

    You will not apply any part of Hillary’s royal title to any other Democrat!!!

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  21. Quartermaster
    June 1st, 2015 @ 2:43 pm

    You’re not a proper DimoKKKrap unless you can point to a record of failure.

  22. Quartermaster
    June 1st, 2015 @ 2:44 pm

    As I pointed out earlier, you aren’t a proper DimoKKKrap until you can point to a record of failure. Obama is now a proper DimoKKKrap. He was just an over paid intern in 2008, now he’s the real deal.

  23. Quartermaster
    June 1st, 2015 @ 2:45 pm

    If you’re white, male and DimoKKKrap, then you are a black woman with all the rights and privileges that entails.

  24. Quartermaster
    June 1st, 2015 @ 2:46 pm

    She’s a transgendered white male since she a pubbie.

  25. DeadMessenger
    June 1st, 2015 @ 6:31 pm

    And frankly, at this point, what difference does it make?

  26. DeadMessenger
    June 1st, 2015 @ 6:35 pm

    And Hillary’s smoke smells like sulphur.

  27. DeadMessenger
    June 1st, 2015 @ 7:09 pm

    To RKae and JV: I told you I’d link that article I was writing that you wanted to see. Here it is. Sorry, I couldn’t find the original requests…too many words…too many threads…too much water under the bridge.

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  29. Steve Skubinna
    June 2nd, 2015 @ 12:05 am

    Bastards elected this affirmative action train wreck of a mayor, too late for them to wonder if somebody competent might have made a difference. Especially since “somebody competent” and “Mayor of Baltimore” appear to have been polar opposites for the past half century.

    So enjoy your Blue Model and don’t touch Edgar Allen Poe’s house all you #ThugsforJustice. Apparently the bar where he was last seen alive is still extent, and still a bar. So two reasons to visit Baltimore once they’ve all murdered each other and burnt everything else down.

  30. MaMcGriz
    June 2nd, 2015 @ 12:48 am

    Good stuff.

    Thank you.

  31. MaMcGriz
    June 2nd, 2015 @ 12:50 am

    My sense of this cat is that there’s more out of tune than just his guitar.

  32. Steve Skubinna
    June 2nd, 2015 @ 12:52 am

    Speaking of which Marc Lamont Hill is having a snit because Vanity Fair’s upcoming cover of Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner is perpetuating Eurocentric standards of beauty.

    I wonder how such a person spends his day. Does he get up in the morning, have eggs and juice, and turn on the TV to see what he’s going to have a hissy fit over? Does he have staff who scour the internet looking for the GREATEST. OUTRAGE. EVER!!!!! to forward to him? OR doe she just hop from bead already shrieking and goes off on the first thing that he sees?

  33. Steve Skubinna
    June 2nd, 2015 @ 12:54 am

    They don’t have failures, only “teachable moments.” And then they Put All Of This Behind US and Move On.

  34. richard mcenroe
    June 2nd, 2015 @ 1:15 am


  35. DeadMessenger
    June 2nd, 2015 @ 2:26 am

    You know I was mocking Hillary, right, with some inappropriate nonchalance?

  36. DeadMessenger
    June 2nd, 2015 @ 2:27 am

    You’re welcome! Don’t know if RKae or JV will even see it, though. : )

  37. Steve Skubinna
    June 2nd, 2015 @ 2:47 am

    Neither mockery nor nonchalance are appropriate when discussing Her Inevitability, Empress of Authenticity!

    BTW, have you ever noticed that you can’t spell Inevitable without “Evita?”

  38. Daniel Freeman
    June 2nd, 2015 @ 3:16 am

    OT: Emily Yoffe at Slate (who normally writes their “Dear Prudence” column) has destroyed The Hunting Ground. I’m not a regular reader, because they do have a certain slant, but sometimes they get things right — and here, she just followed the facts.

  39. Steve Skubinna
    June 2nd, 2015 @ 4:19 am

    Slate has really gone over the edge. I read it regularly when Kinsley started it, I even paid a subscription when they tried that model on the theory that if it provided worthwhile content what did I care if it was online or in my mailbox. I even commented regularly in The Fray.

    But about the time of the 2000 election they started going off the rails. I decided that I didn’t have enough in common with these hysterical screaming nincompoops, who were openly hoping Dick Cheney suffered a fatal heart attack and blaming Bush personally for that EP-3 that got clipped by the Chinese hotdog pilot. It was my first inkling of the insanity the American left was descending into.

    I have to say that watching them and Salon race to the bottom is a mixed experience.

  40. Steve Skubinna
    June 2nd, 2015 @ 4:28 am

    Oh, and I just came back from reading Yoffe’s article. You’re right, however I don’t expect The Hunting Ground to be shelved, or Sulkiewitz to put aside her mattress or Gillibrand to stop slandering innocent males.

    The Narrative is all powerful and can withstand your puny facts.

  41. Steve Skubinna
    June 2nd, 2015 @ 6:08 am

    Oh yeah? Well, at least he has a legacy! What do you have. Mister Criticizer? And you know what? O’Malley really cares, not like you RehtugliKKKans who want to make women have babies in the kitchen and stuff!

    I can’t even right now!

    There, did I cover the basic outlines of O’Malley’s defense? Should I have mentioned Bush, do you think?

  42. Quartermaster
    June 2nd, 2015 @ 8:24 am

    Yes. It’s all Bushitler’s fault. I don’t see why you don’t seem to understand that. He’s also at fault for the death of puppies, kittens, and the exclusion from the garden. He is such an evil man.

  43. DeadMessenger
    June 2nd, 2015 @ 10:52 am

    I don’t like to think about her inevitability. I get kind of dizzy and sick feeling.

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