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Tue May 26, 2015, 10:47 PM

Excellent interview with the Irish Times:

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/irish-american-aims-to-halt-clinton-s-unstoppable-progress-1.2224327

(sorry if this was already posted, I was away this weekend)

In an interview with The Irish Times, the Irish-American former Baltimore mayor and former Maryland governor, who is due to announce his candidacy on Saturday, said he had a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for the frontrunner.

“But an election, especially an election as important as the election of the next president of the United States, is not about what’s good for the Clintons or for that matter what’s good for the O’Malleys. It’s about what’s good for our country,” he said.

Mr O’Malley (52) is regarded as having positioned himself to the left of Ms Clinton (67) in order to appeal to the Democrats’ progressive base. “I don’t see myself as to the left or right of the other candidates in the party. I see myself as forward of them. I’m younger than they are. I therefore arrive at some conclusions on important issues in advance of the other candidates.”

Asked about the widely held belief, backed up by polling, that Ms Clinton’s candidacy is unstoppable within the Democratic Party, he said: “Every year there’s an unstoppable candidacy. Inevitable frontrunners are inevitable right up until they’re no longer inevitable.”

He said the Republican Party tended to “retread old names” while the Democrats tended to look to the future more. “In our party, there usually emerges a choice between the candidate that everybody knows and the new candidate of a new generation that none of us has ever really heard of much,” he said.


The whole thing is a really good read.

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Tue May 26, 2015, 10:55 PM

1. Thanks, Raine. It's good.

Have seen bits and pieces, so some at least has been posted.

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Wed May 27, 2015, 07:47 AM

2. K & R. n/t

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Wed May 27, 2015, 10:26 PM

3. "I’m younger than they are."

Age (old ways of thinking versus new ways of thinking) is going to be a big issue in this primary. O'Malley is looking beyond left and right to problem-solving (pragmatism). I am tempted to go on, but I better not. Well, maybe a little... American Pragmatism (as exemplified in the philosophies of William James, Charles Peirce, and John Dewey) is, to my mind, the best expression of the spirit and method of democracy. It is about community, cooperation, working together for common goals. It is not about money or capitalism. It is about people trying to find common ground together in order to solve real problems.

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