New Republic headline:Â Martin O’Malley Just Jumped to the Left of Elizabeth Warren. Your Move, Hillary.
Speaking at Harvard University on Thursday night, former Maryland Governor Martin Oâ€™Malley cranked up the pressure on Hillary Clinton by calling for a $15 an hour minimum wage and voicing his opposition to President Barack Obamaâ€™s massive trade deal, the Trans Pacific Partnership.
“As we gather here tonight,” he said, “wealth and economic power in the United States of America have now been concentrated in the hands of the very few as almost never before in the history of our country.” …
…Â Oâ€™Malleyâ€™s comments are a reminder that other Democratic candidates besides Warren can put pressure on Clinton. While few, if any, political analysts think the former Maryland governor has a real shot at the nomination, he can certainly force Clinton into difficult positions. Thatâ€™s good. She should have to answer questions on the minimum wage, the TPP, and other controversial issues in the Democratic Party.
IMO the only reason O’Malley or other potential candidates don’t have a “real shot” is that the media won’t cover them, because the media have collectively decided Hillary Clinton has it in the bag. And if she has it in the bag, it’s because the media have decided she does. Argh.