6 Things To Remember About Martin O’Malley

The so-called 'progressive option' has a record that is anything but. O'Malley is in pursuit of office for its own sake.

May 30. 2015

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6 Things To Remember About Martin O’Malley

The so-called 'progressive option' has a record that is anything but. O'Malley is in pursuit of office for its own sake.

Listicles suck. But Martin O’Malley is even worse. So we’re biting the bullet in the interest of capturing the short attention span of the internet and putting down some facts about this “progressive” titan before the #MOMentum builds from his Presidential Campaign Kickoff today.


2. O’Malley was awarded the title of America’s Greatest Education Governor in 2010 by the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union. This was a strange decision in light of O’Malley’s underfunding Baltimore City Public Schools by tens of millions of dollars as Governor and his allowance of over $800 million in underfunding as Baltimore’s Mayor.

3. O’Malley called out Hillary Clinton’s slow move to approve marriage equality, saying “I’m glad Secretary Clinton’s come around to the right position on these issues,” and all the news outlets caught it. But fewer have picked up on the Governor’s own slow evolution on the subject as Baltimore’s anti-marriage-equality City Councilman and Mayor, and as Maryland’s civil-union-but-not-marriage-supporting Governor until just three years ago.

4. O’Malley has been vocally critical of political dynasties. The irony of this is that Martin O’Malley is the Maryland version of Kate Middleton: O’Malley’s wife, Katie, is the daughter of J. Joseph Curran, Maryland’s longest-serving Attorney General. Curran’s father and two brothers were all long-serving members of the Baltimore City Council. This dynastic link was the key to O’Malley’s early political success.

5. O’Malley, the progressive darling, has been nice and quiet on the NSA, but his record tells the story: O’Malley was revolutionary in allowing domestic surveillance, but nobody noticed because it was just against poor black people.


6. You can’t blame him for a century of racist, segregationist oppression that yielded the conditions necessary to cause the #BaltimoreUprising, but according to David Simon, blame for Freddie Gray’s death is definitely on O’Malley’s policies.


In addition, The Baltimore Sun has done a decent fact check of their own on Governor O’Malley‘s claims, but the fact is, every candidate stretches the truth.
The issue is not simply Martin O’Malley lying to claw his way to power. No, the problem is deeper:
The collective consciousness of the left wing of the Democrat party is now so desperate for someone to believe in that it has somehow imagined for O’Malley a progressive legacy he has never earned.
If Progressives need a champion, they should vote for Bernie Sanders, because Elizabeth Warren isn’t running.
O’Malley is an interesting case study, not unlike Bill Clinton: a slick and sleazy politician whose own narrative consistently wins out over the facts and allows him to continue on his insatiable quest for power. The Leveller intends to explore this phenomenon in more depth soon: why does the truth catch up with some and not with others? For now, though, let us simply remember this:
Martin O’Malley is just Mitt Romney without all those pesky principles.

May 30. 2015