Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley in an exclusive interview Wednesday with The Hill accused party insiders of trying to tilt the primary contest in Hillary Clinton's favor.
O’Malley lit into the Democratic Party for seeking to limit the number of presidential debates, which he said would help Clinton glide to the nomination....
“It's all about trying to pre-ordain the outcome, circle the wagons and close off debate,” O'Malley said. “If they could actually accelerate the date of the Iowa caucuses and hold them tomorrow — they'd like to do that. Then there'd be no campaign at all. That's what they'd really like.”
Asked if the party insiders included the Clintons, O'Malley said: “Of course they are. President and Secretary Clinton are the most colossal, prolific fundraising couple in the history of representative democracies.”I dunno...six debates seems like a pretty good amount to me, and twice as many as the usual amount between the nominees shortly before a general election. It's one thing to push for more debates or forums - and O'Malley will need as many opportunities as he can get to make some inroads - but whining that "only" six debates amounts to circling the wagons and preordaining the outcome is silly.
And just when it seemed like he was getting into conspiracy territory...
An aide then reminded O'Malley that he was on the record.
“I know,” O'Malley answered, before continuing. “So yes — lots of people have long histories with the Clintons.”I'll say this for the guy - he's great at hiring smart aides.
O'Malley, who went from being an early enthusiastic Hillary supporter in 2007 to complaining a few months ago that the presidency was "not some crown to be passed between two families", certainly qualifies as having a long history with the Clintons as well.
Perhaps month after month of not being able to budge out of the 0.5%-2% polling range while simultaneously staring down the barrel of a 50+% Hillary lead is starting to get to him. But whining about it and alleging nefarious motives to your own party doesn't seem like the best move.
Besides, does he really believe that Hillary Clinton needs to be protected from debates? I seem to remember her being pretty damn good at them, even when opponents gang up on her with arguments that may soon feel like déjà vu.