Most striking in the New York Times‘ new lengthy and fairly glossy profile on the otherwise sleepy Democratic Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, is how much fear former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has set in the hearts of her party colleagues.
In the article, O’Malley, who is considering a run for president, is asked to react to recent comments by Clinton related to immigration.
“I wasn’t really focused on her or what she was saying,” he said, then turning to criticize the apparently less fearsome President Obama.
“My mind is not even in the compare-contrast mode,” O’Malley says when asked to differentiate his personal leadership style to Clinton’s. He then compares and contrasts himself to Obama, who O’Malley says hasn’t done enough to build their party.
And then there’s this alarming bit, straight out of a Harry Potter book:
Lionel Gaines, a Washington-based operative for Mr. O’Malley’s PAC, was asked about the governor’s progress in early primary states. “People are aware” of Mr. O’Malley, Mr. Gaines said, and added of Mrs. Clinton, “I talk to people and they say Hillary might be raising a lot of money, but I see O’Malley and …” He suddenly stopped talking. Ms. [Lis] Smith, the communications director, had jabbed him in the side when he mentioned Mrs. Clinton.
What, does she show up in a mirror if you say it three times?
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