Video: O’Malley rally in Iowa gets one voter … who leaves undecided

posted at 5:31 pm on December 29, 2015 by Ed Morrissey

The most amusing part of this story, aside from it being true? Martin O’Malley brings it up himself in this appearance on Morning Joe. And … it works as a kind of earnestness blended with self-deprecation. Otherwise, it would sound like a perfect satire from The Onion rather than news from Politico:

Amid a vicious winter storm on Monday that forced some presidential campaigns to cancel their scheduled campaign stops in Iowa, only Martin O’Malley decided to press on.

And one man at his last event, the only person to show up, in fact, “was glad to see me,” the former Maryland governor said. But he still would not commit to caucus for O’Malley.

“The very last event of the night, we actually had a whopping total of one person show up, but by God, he was glad to see me. So we spent the time with him,” the Democratic presidential candidate told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday, speaking from Des Moines.

ABC News reporter Sarah Beckman caught the summit meeting for posterity:

O’Malley’s position in Iowa isn’t entirely desperate. He’s scored as high as 10% in the latest Gravis poll, but he’s getting buried by both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in a 3-way race. (In the GOP race, 10% would be a first-tier position.) O’Malley will get some caucus-goers, but the likelihood of him even challenging for second place is remote. What O’Malley needs is more visibility, which is the reason why they persevered through a major snowstorm just to have a chat with Kenneth, on the chance that more people might show up. You don’t cancel events when you’re a distant third in a 3-way race.

Speaking of visibility, O’Malley spars a bit with former DNC chair Howard Dean on the sparse debate schedule. Dean tells O’Malley that he should be teaming up with Sanders to demand more debates from current DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, but O’Malley tells Dean that Sanders doesn’t want more debates either. “You think I haven’t done that? I’ve done that. I asked Senator Sanders,” O’Malley replies. “Senator Sanders didn’t want to do more debates either. He kind of likes where it is.” He then argues that the same concentration of wealth and power that Sanders claims to oppose “is happening in the Democratic Party right now.”

Yes it is, and Hillary Clinton made sure of that long before O’Malley got into the race. And … that seems to be working for her, too.

 


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So, unlike Marco “Charlie Christ, Jr.” Rubio, O’Malley actually shows up for his job application.

ebrown2 on December 29, 2015 at 5:35 PM

…he’s getting buried by both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in a 3-way…

Ouch…

PEP on December 29, 2015 at 5:36 PM

At least omalleys catering bill was low…

Indiana Jim on December 29, 2015 at 5:38 PM

That’s not how I pictured Joanna.

RickB on December 29, 2015 at 5:39 PM

Omalley was “self-depricating”??? Thats similar to hillary, who is “self- deficating”……

Indiana Jim on December 29, 2015 at 5:39 PM

Kudos to Kenneth.

kcewa on December 29, 2015 at 5:43 PM

That’s not how I pictured Joanna.

RickB on December 29, 2015 at 5:39 PM

She glammed it up for her heart-throb.

ebrown2 on December 29, 2015 at 5:44 PM

Now we know the whereabouts of Miss Lindsey Graham’s lone supporter.

skanter on December 29, 2015 at 5:44 PM

That leaves him more time to work out and stumble around in public drunk……

Indiana Jim on December 29, 2015 at 5:46 PM

what does an old guy with a long white beard think the democrats are going to do for him? Seriously, the this guy braved the snowstorm to see a democrat speak. Is he mentally ill?

HugoDrax on December 29, 2015 at 5:46 PM

Post Christmas, O’Malley discuss his elf living-wage proposal with Santa.

roy_batty on December 29, 2015 at 5:48 PM

…I thought ZZ Top was a Texas band..??

Pelosi Schmelosi on December 29, 2015 at 5:53 PM

Pathetic. And hilarious.

BuckeyeSam on December 29, 2015 at 5:53 PM

Who’s Tama?

BuckeyeSam on December 29, 2015 at 5:55 PM

Who’s Tama?

BuckeyeSam on December 29, 2015 at 5:55 PM

City of Tama, Iowa
Population 2,877

Pelosi Schmelosi on December 29, 2015 at 5:57 PM

Events
Tama has wonderful events going on all throughout the year. Please join us! Tama City Council Meetings are held the first and third Mondays of each month in the Tama Council Chamber at 5:30 PM

…the “event calendar” is empty…

Pelosi Schmelosi on December 29, 2015 at 6:00 PM

On the plus side, undecided isn’t no. MO’M could still turn this one vote around…

Kraken on December 29, 2015 at 6:02 PM

As CNN reports, the new survey found that 75 percent of Americans say they are “dissatisfied” with the way the nation is being governed and 69 percent are “somewhat angry” about the way things are going in the country.

While majorities on both sides of the political aisle express those sentiments, according to the CNN poll, Republicans were more likely than Democrats to be dissatisfied and angry with the country’s governance with 90 percent of Republicans expressing dissatisfaction and 82 percent saying they are angry.

CNN notes that among supporters of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, such feelings are that much more prevalent — 97 percent said they were dissatisfied and 91 percent said they were “somewhat angry.”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/12/29/poll-vast-majorities-americans-angry-dissatisfied-govt-direction-country/

IDontCair on December 29, 2015 at 6:02 PM

A tweet shared by a reporter who was present showed a bearded man, identified only as Kenneth, sitting at a table with O’Malley, who told MSNBC that he was “working on him” but also said people in Iowa “want to see the whole campaign play out” before deciding on a candidate.

“So I wasn’t surprised that he was uncommitted,” O’Malley said. “But I was glad he took the time to come out in the snow to see me. We almost canceled that last event but we were out there anyway, so we plowed through.”

The uncommitted voter told the candidate that he had the strongest résumé of the three Democrats seeking the nomination, according to Beckman’s report. “I give you a lot of credit for coming out here,” Kenneth told O’Malley. “I’m glad you took the time.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/12/martin-omalley-iowa-event-217193#ixzz3vknAw7mW

…what’s the frequency, Kenneth..??

Pelosi Schmelosi on December 29, 2015 at 6:02 PM

what does an old guy with a long white beard think the democrats are going to do for him? Seriously, the this guy braved the snowstorm to see a democrat speak. Is he mentally ill?

HugoDrax on December 29, 2015 at 5:46 PM

Free food.

IDontCair on December 29, 2015 at 6:02 PM

…I thought ZZ Top was a Texas band..??

Pelosi Schmelosi on December 29, 2015 at 5:53 PM

They’re obviously wintering in Iowa.

The cost of doing drugs…

Kraken on December 29, 2015 at 6:03 PM

O’Malley/Pataki?

Fallon on December 29, 2015 at 6:06 PM

I love that the white board in the background reads Iowa welcomes Governor Martin O’Malley! And I’m glad they were able to find some seats- having O’Malley behind a podium would make him look a little stiff.

Beyond that, I’m sure Donald Tramp could get at least double that in Iowa if he wanted. But he’s shown contempt for Iowa and the caucus process.

Happy Nomad on December 29, 2015 at 6:08 PM

They’re obviously wintering in Iowa.

The cost of doing drugs…

Kraken on December 29, 2015 at 6:03 PM

…anyone going to see O’Malley in the middle of a winter storm is definitely using…

Pelosi Schmelosi on December 29, 2015 at 6:09 PM

Well, being a democrat, you really don’t know how many votes he represents…that could be 20 votes.

right2bright on December 29, 2015 at 6:09 PM

Events
Tama has wonderful events going on all throughout the year. Please join us! Tama City Council Meetings are held the first and third Mondays of each month in the Tama Council Chamber at 5:30 PM

…the “event calendar” is empty…

Pelosi Schmelosi on December 29, 2015 at 6:00 PM

They didn’t list the world famous Parade of Corn orgy which in bacchanal rivals what Moses saw when he came down from the mountain?

/making this up

viking01 on December 29, 2015 at 6:10 PM

On the plus side, undecided isn’t no. MO’M could still turn this one vote around…

Kraken on December 29, 2015 at 6:02 PM

Let’s give Kenneth credit for showing up. He’s taking his vote seriously.

Happy Nomad on December 29, 2015 at 6:10 PM

But he’s shown contempt for Iowa and the caucus process.

Happy Nomad on December 29, 2015 at 6:08 PM

…I was waiting for some TDS dooosh to show up and gas a thread…congrats…

Pelosi Schmelosi on December 29, 2015 at 6:11 PM

Well, being a democrat, you really don’t know how many votes he represents…that could be 20 votes.

right2bright on December 29, 2015 at 6:09 PM

In the upper Midwest alone!

Happy Nomad on December 29, 2015 at 6:11 PM

Let’s give Kenneth credit for showing up. He’s taking his vote seriously.

Happy Nomad on December 29, 2015 at 6:10 PM

he’s going to vote for a democrat. Let’s hope he is not taking that seriously.

HugoDrax on December 29, 2015 at 6:12 PM

Alternate headline: Global Warming Thwarts Liberalism

Rovin on December 29, 2015 at 6:12 PM

world famous Parade of Corn orgy

viking01 on December 29, 2015 at 6:10 PM

…is Dirtbag Bill campaigning in Iowa..??…not kidding…

Pelosi Schmelosi on December 29, 2015 at 6:13 PM

Post Christmas, O’Malley discusses his elf living-wage proposal with Santa.

roy_batty on December 29, 2015 at 5:48 PM

LOL!

Galtian on December 29, 2015 at 6:13 PM

One unwashed groupie. Kind of like jeb’s last speech.

Mr. Arrogant on December 29, 2015 at 6:14 PM

Heb! throws down.

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/264328-bush-challenges-trump-to-one-on-one-debate

He’s acting like my 12yo nephew now. Pathetic.

Mr. Arrogant on December 29, 2015 at 6:16 PM

That’s not how I pictured Joanna.

RickB on December 29, 2015 at 5:39 PM

She glammed it up for her heart-throb.

ebrown2 on December 29, 2015 at 5:44 PM

They tried to get joana to shave but she wasn’t having any of it.

“But the beard is my trademark!” she said.

Redstone on December 29, 2015 at 6:24 PM

Santa don’t tell me that you’re looking for some free stuff from those demonrats? Say it ain’t so Santa, say it ain’t so.

woodhull on December 29, 2015 at 6:24 PM

…he’s getting buried by both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in a 3-way…

Ouch…

PEP on December 29, 2015 at 5:36 PM

What has once been seen in the Mind’s Eye can, unfortunately, never be unseen.

Thanks for nuthin, Peppy…

Bruno Strozek on December 29, 2015 at 6:37 PM

what does an old guy with a long white beard think the democrats are going to do for him? Seriously, the this guy braved the snowstorm to see a democrat speak. Is he mentally ill?

HugoDrax on December 29, 2015 at 5:46 PM

his kids don’t have health insurance and he thinks the rest of us should pay for it.

renalin on December 29, 2015 at 6:40 PM

Amid a vicious winter storm on Monday that forced some presidential campaigns to cancel their scheduled campaign stops in Iowa, only Martin O’Malley decided to press on.

And one man at his last event, the only person to show up, in fact, “was glad to see me,” the former Maryland governor said. But he still would not commit to caucus for O’Malley.

Must be O’Malley’s Rain / Snow tax….

..selling fascism is hard work.

Athos on December 29, 2015 at 6:42 PM

a guy with a long white beard. in late Dec, yelling Ho, Ho, Ho?

no, that’s the Bill Clinton hotel suite.

Senator Philip Bluster on December 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM

..one to one conversation with the candidate – ask him anything, up close and personal..

Then walk away and say you’re undecided! LOL

Maybe it was ole Charlie Daniels just messing with O’Malley’s head? :)

celt on December 29, 2015 at 7:06 PM

Btw..that’s one hell of a campaign effort effort with the banner blue marker pen!

celt on December 29, 2015 at 7:08 PM

..and not even a fritos lay chip bag or a liter bottle of soda on the damn table – the dude trekked in the snow to show and got nothing…zip!

I’d be undecided too!

celt on December 29, 2015 at 7:11 PM

I almost feel bad for the man.

Of the 3 Dems (6 if count Jeb! and Rubio and Kasich), he seems the most reasonable and has at least one foot in the reality the rest of us live in.

And he seems like a decent a human, which is more than can be said for the other 5.

Dude is just a Dem 60 years too late …

smokeyblonde on December 29, 2015 at 7:28 PM

IDontCair on December 29, 2015 at 6:02 PM

Ugghhhh!!! Please please PLEASE stop linking to Breitbart! Their website hoses my computer for days …

smokeyblonde on December 29, 2015 at 7:31 PM

Expect O’Malley had him eating out of his hand at one point. O’Malley had to leave early to address a capacity crowd at a local sauna.

Good for Kenneth. What’s the frequency?

virgo on December 29, 2015 at 7:41 PM

IDontCair on December 29, 2015 at 6:02 PM

Ugghhhh!!! Please please PLEASE stop linking to Breitbart! Their website hoses my computer for days …

smokeyblonde on December 29, 2015 at 7:31 PM

I wonder why? I don’t seem to have any issues.

IDontCair on December 29, 2015 at 7:53 PM

Post Christmas, O’Malley discusses his elf living-wage proposal with Santa.

roy_batty on December 29, 2015 at 5:48 PM

Okay, I must admit I missed this the first time through. LOL! Well played.

But of course, O’Malley and all Democrats thing of themselves as the real Santas in society. One need only hear his stump speech to make it clear that a liberal Democrat with a free hand on the public purse would bankrupt the real big guy.

Happy Nomad on December 29, 2015 at 7:59 PM

Dude is just a Dem 60 years too late …

smokeyblonde on December 29, 2015 at 7:28 PM

Isn’t he the one that taxed rain?

wifarmboy on December 29, 2015 at 8:11 PM

I wonder why? I don’t seem to have any issues.

IDontCair on December 29, 2015 at 7:53 PM

No idea why I have problems. Maybe because I use FireFox with Malewarebytes as anti-virus and other tricks my IT guys taught me over the years.

All I know is Breitbart hoses home computer – but seems OK on work one, which means I probably need to call current employer’s cyber-security team … damn you for causing all these problems! :)

smokeyblonde on December 29, 2015 at 8:12 PM

Isn’t he the one that taxed rain?

wifarmboy on December 29, 2015 at 8:11 PM

Why, yes he was! From the ‘rain tax’ to the ‘flush tax’: 40 times Martin OMalley raised taxes

But that is not unusual to us here in the West … just have to be smart about it.

But who in either party doesn’t want to raise taxes?

I would never vote for O’Malley, but of the 6 Dems, he seems the most reasonable.

smokeyblonde on December 29, 2015 at 8:15 PM

The last democrat I thought that was half way reasonable was JFK.

wifarmboy on December 29, 2015 at 8:25 PM

One dude showed up for O’Malley’s rally?

I wonder if it’s the same person who comprises MSNBC’s viewing audience?

JetBoy on December 29, 2015 at 8:34 PM

The last democrat I thought that was half way reasonable was JFK.

wifarmboy on December 29, 2015 at 8:25 PM

There’s a small handful of Capitol Hill Dems in more recent years that I would say that about. They would include Joe Lieberman and Harold Ford.

JetBoy on December 29, 2015 at 8:41 PM

No drinks, no snacks? No wonder the guy won’t commit.

claudius on December 29, 2015 at 10:15 PM

JFK was cool. People wanted to be Jack Kennedy. Obama, not so much.

claudius on December 29, 2015 at 10:18 PM

Oh wait, this guy does have a cup of something, and he still won’t commit. Would you hire O’Malley to sell used cars?

claudius on December 29, 2015 at 10:21 PM

Obviously he needs to get his message out to the masses…more gun control…more free things…more government control of everything..he just needs to get the word out..we need the USA to be more like maryland and baltimore, right guvner.

jaywemm on December 29, 2015 at 10:47 PM