The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Politics

February 22, 2013

Among 2016 presidential possibilities, many Democrats draw blank on Maryland’s governor

(Continued)

In New Hampshire last year, O’Malley dismissed what he called the Republican-led “constipation Congress” for not acting on President Barack Obama’s jobs plan. “These Republican obstructionists wouldn’t pass gas if they thought it might help our president heal our economy,” O’Malley said.

He also challenged Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell, a Republican, to a push-up contest.

Ed Goeas, a Republican pollster, said O’Malley “has made a lot of enemies, and a lot of people would certainly like to give it back to him.”

“That kind of personality may play well in Maryland. It doesn’t play well in the Midwest,” Goeas said. “I have so many examples of the guy being a Class-A jerk I can’t even begin to list them.”

Strategist Karl Rove has said Republicans would be “blessed” if O’Malley ran, saying he would be the “Howard Dean of 2016,” a reference to the former Vermont governor whose candidacy tanked in 2004. “Let him go out there and say let’s tax everybody more, let’s spend everything we got,” Rove said last summer.

The more difficult challenges, Democratic strategists say, are distinguishing himself from Clinton, Biden and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, another purported contender, who embraces the same policies, and proving his viability by raising money.

“He has to be the interesting, scrappy start-up company trying to get into the mix with the blue-chip heavyweights,” said Chris Lehane, a strategist who advised the campaigns of Al Gore and Wesley Clark. “If you’re the start-up, there’s a lot more burden on you to distinguish yourself. What is your vision?”

Robert Shrum, the Democratic consultant whose clients have included Secretary of State John Kerry, said O’Malley’s rationale cannot be “a recycled version” of Hart, “that I’m new and young. It’s got to be richer than that.”

Text Only
Politics
  • With 1 week to go, Sanford subject of attacks

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford can’t seem to escape attacks on the extramarital affair that derailed his political career, which he hopes to revive in a special congressional election that is now a week away.

    May 1, 2013

  • Bombing shifts Mass. Senate race before primaries

    BOSTON — Even before the explosions, polling suggested that Massachusetts voters weren’t excited about the looming special election to replace former U.S. Sen. John Kerry.

    April 28, 2013

  • In a first, black voter turnout rate passes whites

    WASHINGTON — America’s blacks voted at a higher rate than other minority groups in 2012 and by most measures surpassed the white turnout for the first time, reflecting a deeply polarized presidential election in which blacks strongly supported Barack Obama while many whites stayed home.

    April 28, 2013

  • Senate Democrats put off vote on Labor nominee

    WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats have delayed a confirmation vote on Labor Secretary-nominee Thomas Perez after Republicans threatened to use a separate hearing to criticize his handling of a whistleblower case.

    April 24, 2013

  • Sen. Baucus' decision to retire sets stage for majorlegislative changes

     Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., one of the most influential congressional figures of his era, announced his intention Tuesday to retire, a move that could produce sweeping changes in the political and legislative landscape over the next two years.

    April 24, 2013

  • Senate friendship born of tragedy beat partisanship

    These days, most dispatches from Washington focus on petty partisanship, posturing, impasses and a political culture that rewards confrontation.

    April 22, 2013

  • Rubio rising

    If Marco Rubio helps pass comprehensive immigration reform, he will have accomplished more as a senator than Barack Obama did.

    April 22, 2013

  • Gun Bill's Failure May Help Immigration Legislation

    WASHINGTON — Here's an odd political reality: The collapse of the gun bill in the Senate last week may well make the passage of immigration reform legislation slightly easier.

    April 21, 2013

  • Senate Planning Vote on Internet Sales Tax

    WASHINGTON — The days of tax-free online shopping could finally be numbered.

    April 21, 2013

  • Advocates of Immigration Reform Fight Back Against Push for Delay

    WASHINGTON — The Senate's leading supporters of overhauling the nation's immigration system sought Sunday to blunt a conservative effort to slow the pace of debate over their bill, saying the Boston Marathon bombings are a reason to move quickly to make changes.

    April 21, 2013

Featured Ads
Politics Video