The Democrats have some major problems heading into the 2016 Presidential elections. The nation is fatigued with the Democrat leadership of our nation; the last 6-7 years have not gone as voters hoped it might. The GOP has taken strong majorities of both Houses of Congress and has been passing legislation (bipartisan legislation, at that) at a far greater rate than the Democrats did over the previous 10 year period of Democrat legislative leadership.
But the biggest problem facing the Democrat Party in 2016 may well be their empty bench… they have no “talent” ready to step in take over. Hillary Clinton seemingly stands alone as the one Democrat hope for 2016, though other names have been whispered, like Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Jerry Brown (D-CA) and Martin O’Malley (D-MD). Of these, Brown is ancient, foolish and from California… he can’t win. Warren is the most popular among the liberal base, but she has no record of accomplishment, she’s an academic, she’s as liberal as they come, and she’s from Massachusetts… she can’t win.
That really just leaves former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to push back against Hillary in the 2016 primary. O’Malley has experience and he has the liberal bona fides, but he’s not the most formidable of politicians or thinkers. Still, he’s got one thing going for him… his last name isn’t Clinton or Bush.
He was on ABC Sunday morning to speak with George Stephanopoulos about the possibility of running for President in 2016, which is when he made his best argument for his party’s nomination.
I think that our country always benefits from new leadership and new perspectives. Let’s be honest here, the presidency of the United States is not some crown to be passed between two families, it is an awesome and sacred trust that to be earned, and exercised on behalf of the American people.
It may not be much, but I think that the very fact that he’s not a Clinton will be enough to steal himself some votes in the Democrat Primary. O’Malley’s right, the presidency isn’t a crown to be passed between families, or even among one family. It’s an awesome responsibility that should only be handed to the most trustworthy of people… and that ain’t Hillary Clinton. (By the way, it ain’t Martin O’Malley either…)
George Stephanopoulos: Two threshold questions for anyone even thinking of running. Why are you running? Why are you the best person for the job? What is your answer?
Martin O’Malley (D-MD): I believe that our country is at a defining moment in our history. The American dream has become something that is no longer true for the 80 percent of us working harder and not getting further ahead. And I have the experience through after 15 years of public service as an executive in a big city and also as governor of a state, of getting things done, bringing people together to accomplish difficult things in order to give our kids a better future and create a stronger economy.
George Stephanopoulos: Sounds like you have honed that down.
But back in 2007, you were one of Hillary Clinton’s earliest supporters. You were chair of her Maryland campaign. You called her the experienced leader America needs. And you added this, you said that no one is better equipped to repair America’s alliances abroad and address the urgent needs of our communities at home. No one is better equipped. Is that still true today?
Martin O’Malley: Well, I certainly believed that for those times, that she would be the best choice for us as a country.
George Stephanopoulos: For those times?
Martin O’Malley: For those times.
George Stephanopoulos: Not now?
Martin 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.
But more important than that, George, the two phrases I’m struck with all over the country are the phrases that people come up and say to me in every state, which is we need people who know how to get things done and we need new leadership.
George Stephanopoulos: …that sounds like you just announced for president right here. You said that we need new perspectives, new leadership. You’re ready to challenge her, aren’t you?
Martin O’Malley: Well, I think that our country always benefits from new leadership and new perspectives. Let’s be honest here, the presidency of the United States is not some crown to be passed between two families, it is an awesome and sacred trust that to be earned, and exercised on behalf of the American people.