Friday, January 29, 2016

Why I'm Supporting Martin O'Malley

Martin O'Malley is what the US needs right now. Yes, he's a solid progressive with executive-branch experience. Yes, his vision for his presidency covers subjects I think are important (increase employment by shifting the energy sector to renewable sources, end childhood hunger, implement campaign finance reform). But above all, he's the only candidate elected Republicans haven't already vowed to tear down.
Over the last 7 years the Republicans in the House and Senate have made it abundantly clear they are willing to pull this car over and make us all sit on the side of the highway if they don't get their way. They've been running against Hillary perpetually since the early 1990s, and I can practically smell the strategists salivating over the prospect of facing off against a Jewish Socialist with a Brooklyn accent (someone get these guys a breath mint, please).

O'Malley is a clean slate. He does not trigger the knee-jerk revulsion that Hillary seems to engender, and his views are closer to the center than Sanders'. He also comes across as charming and reasonable - traits that would further help bring the left and right together. Under an O'Malley administration, I can imaging our government actually getting things done.

Also, have you seen pictures of this man without a shirt? Tell me America couldn't get behind this:

You like guns? Look at these guns!

So while part of me is rooting for our first female president, and part of me is rooting for our first Jewish president, I'm looking forward to casting my primary vote for the Catholic dude.

To read about Martin O'Malley's vision for America, visit his website.