Ready For Martin? O’Malley Makes His Case Running To Clinton’s Left

Martin O'Malley

With Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren repeatedly denying she will run for president in 2016, and Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders still on the sidelines, progressives looking for an alternative to Hillary Clinton, may have to begin considering little known former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. O’Malley is hardly a household name in America, but he is making his case for president, by staking out bold positions well to the left of presumptive Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

During a Thursday speech at Harvard University, O’Malley expressed support for raising the federal minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour. He becomes the first presidential candidate to publicly express support for the 15 dollar an hour rate, which has been the target set by low-wage activists in campaigns like the “Fight for Fifteen”. As Governor of Maryland, O’Malley signed into law a minimum wage hike to a more modest 10.10 an hour.

O’Malley also spoke out against fast tracking the bipartisan Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, positioning himself on the left flank of the Democratic Party on the fair trade versus “free trade” controversy. Decrying trickle-down economics, the former Maryland Governor also sounded “Warren-esque” in his criticisms of concentrated wealth and Wall Street. O’Malley sounded a distinctly populist tone when he stated:

As we gather here tonight, wealth and economic power in the United States of America have now been concentrated in the hands of the very few as almost never before in the history of our country… the vast majority of us are working harder but we’re watching our families slipping further behind.

He added:

Not a single Wall Street executive was convicted of a crime related to the 2008 economic meltdown. Not a single one. Explain to me how it is that you can get pulled over for a broken tail light in our country, but if you wreck the world’s economy you’re somehow untouchable? I don’t get that.

It remains to be seen whether or not Martin O’Malley can rise from relative obscurity to gain enough traction to win the Democratic nomination. Or barring that, if he has enough strength to at least be competitive enough to pull Hillary Clinton to the left. Whether or not he succeeds in accomplishing either of those outcomes, he is at least articulating the kind of progressive populist platform that Democrats should be running on in 2016 and far into the future. Not only because it might help them secure an enduring Democratic majority, but also because changing our politics from primarily representing the ultra-wealthy, to representing the vast majority of Americans instead, is simply the right thing to do.

15 Replies to “Ready For Martin? O’Malley Makes His Case Running To Clinton’s Left”

  1. To Do:
    1. Make your candidate Pledge to do everything I possibly can to work with Congress to raise the minimum wage to $15.00. 4-17-15: Minimum Wage Increases Reduce Economic Inequality Gap, Study Shows http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/minimum-wage-increases-reduce-economic-inequality-gap-study-shows
    2. Make your candidate Pledge to do everything I possibly can to make the Affordable Care Act/ Obamacare into Medicare for all, Single Payer – New study: Single payer healthcare could save 1.8 trillion over 10 years http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/08/06/1229012/-New-study-Single-payer-healthcare-could-save-1-8-trillion-over-10-years
    3. Make your candidate Pledge to do everything I possibly can to make Social Security for all. Remove the cap and tap the wealthy to support a Social Security program for all. http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/04/17/should-social-security-taxes-affect-all-wages/on-social-security-tap-the-wealthy-to-support-a-program-for-al

  2. I like Martin. Always have. Our mission should be ANY Democrat MUST be elected or our goose is COOKED!! If another man from Rethuglistan gets in, we are done.

  3. IMHO, if all we have to choose from is Hillary, we are all screwed.
    I will vote for her if she gets the nomination, because of course, the alternative is unimaginable.
    But, I’ll say it again, America is not going to vote for a woman President, not now, probably, not ever!
    I’m 65 years old and been involved in politics a long time, and even before I ever heard the name Barack Obama, I always said, that America would vote in a black man, an Hispanic man, an Asian man, etc., before they (we) will vote in a woman as President of the United States.

  4. That is certainly a most interesting perspective you offered above, and I do not say that sarcastically. Oddly, my wife who does not get involved in politics upon hearing the name Barack Hussein Obama in the media along with Hillary Clinton proffered the opposite opinion, of which I might add, I did not understand at the time. She said, “this country will allow a female president to govern before they will allow a black man to do so.”

    I should add that my wife has not one hint of racial animus, bias, or prejudice in her character or personality, in fact far from it. However, it turned out that while I told her the man would be elected, I did not understand her larger point; they would not “allow” a “black man” to govern. She turned out to be 100 percent absolutely correct.

  5. I totally agree. However, what I have learned in my short 58 years on this planet is: A politician will Promise you the moon while on the campaign trail. Once elected they bow down to their corp. buddies that pay into their “retirement plan”. I think that Martin “O” might just be an exception to that rule.

  6. I really Hope that Martin O’Malley decides
    to run for President.

    Every time he declares a position, He makes
    those Issues Part of the Conversation.

    Once those questions get ASKED, then other
    candidates like Hillary Clinton will have
    to provide an ANSWER.

    We need an Election, NOT a Coronation.

  7. @Moongal6, people also said America would never elect a black president. A black man got elected president, but racists won’t let him govern.

    A white woman has a better chance at getting elected president than a black woman does. So, spare me the poor, victimized white entitlement B.S.! You sound like one of those racist “feminists” who still resent the fact that icky black men, were given the right to vote before the pristine white women. “How dare they!” Not that your kind cared that black, Hispanic women, etc. were also left out. Some day, a woman WILL be elected President of the U.S., and the first female president will be WHITE, so STFU!

    Barack Obama may have gotten elected president, but black males are still at the BOTTOM of the food chain. Show me a video of a cop shooting a white a woman in the back while she’s running away.

    Society still values white women, more than black men, so you can take your resentment, and shove it up your a**!

  8. Dr. Mark Bear, I Thank you so much for your comments!
    They are especially pertinent regarding the topic. I also appreciate your Wife’s comments regarding this as well. She is indeed, 100% correct!.
    I knew I would get many “no ways” on my comment, but as I said, I’ve been around a while and I can’t help but notice the lack of equal respect for women in our beloved country.
    Just looking at the stats on equal pay, DV against women, begin to paint a fairly good picture.

  9. @R. Michael Maddox, @Moongrim:

    Martin O’Malley used to be my governor, and he is no “exception to the rule.” He’s calculating and opportunistic. Martin O’Malley was a devoted DLC’er! In the summer of 2000, he even appeared on the cover of the Democratic Leadership Council’s magazine! He’s checking off all the boxes, and saying everything he thinks’ liberals want to hear. You’re being played, by this a-hole! Here’s what Ed Kilgore wrote about Martin O’Malley, the alleged progressive:

    ‘O’Malley the Very Progressive’
    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2015_03/omalley_the_very_progressive054612.php

    Ed Kilgore concludes the piece with this line: “Let’s just say the jury’s still out on Martin O’Malley the very Progressive.”

    Hillary Clinton is no bleeding-heart liberal, but at least we know what we’re getting with the Clintons, warts and all.

    Naive, lazy-minded fools like you, are the reason why snakes like Martin O’Malley always slip…

  10. @Brian76329:

    STFU with the “coronation” B.S. The Clintons are hardly a dynasty, especially when you compare them to the effing Bushes, and stinking Kennedys!

  11. ME,
    I Thank you for your comments. But, perhaps I did not make my point clear enough.
    I have marched for civil rights in this country probably before you were born. My first vote in a National Election was cast in the California Primary in1972, and I voted for Shirley Chisholm.
    I bear no resemblance to the feminist you describe in your comments. I am a Native American Tribal member whose people didn’t even get the right to Citizenship or to vote until 1924.
    It is the lack of equal respect that women, overall, receive in our beloved country, no matter what their color.
    I Thank you again for your comments.

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