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May 06, 2013 8:41 AM President Martin O’Malley?

By Paul Glastris

Every pundit in America has predicted that Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley will run for president in 2016, and O’Malley has done everything he can to encourage that speculation, short of outright admitting it’s true.

By almost any measure (too little name recognition, too much overt ambition) O’Malley is a long-shot. But in the latest issue of the Washington Monthly, Haley Sweetland Edwards argues that the former Baltimore mayor and two-term governor has one quality that makes him stand out: he is arguably the best manager working in government today. In an era when the very idea of government is under assault, O’Malley’s ability to make the bureaucracy work could prove invaluable, especially to a Democratic Party that stakes its very identity on a belief that government has a central role to play in solving the country’s greatest challenges.

Read “Should Martin O’Malley Be President?”

Paul Glastris is the editor in chief of the Washington Monthly.


  • c u n d gulag on May 06, 2013 9:04 AM:

    Martin O'Malley?

    Who wants some Jewish guy, after having the KenyanSocialistFascistCommunistHeathenAtheistMuslim Usurper, as President, and the previous Evangelical "Real 'Murkan," Preznit?

    On a serious note - Sure and begorra, "YES, PLEASE!!!

    Also too - practically any Democrat, except my Governor, Andrew Cuomo.
    But then, even Andy would be a vast improvement over any of the sociopath's the Republicans will run.

  • JR on May 06, 2013 9:27 AM:

    If HRC doesn't run, I'm for it. If she does, let him be her VP. Sure, I've long admired O'Malley's ability to work with business (I.e., his work as Baltimore's mayor), but would especially love a singer-songwriter in the White House who's openly embraced John Waters. He'll play his own inaugural ball!

  • Tom S. on May 06, 2013 10:10 AM:

    The situation in the Baltimore City Jail is going to put a crimp in whatever praise he gets as a manager. I say this as a fan of his.