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Tue May 5, 2015, 04:49 PM

Asking Martin O'Malley To Explain Baltimore

On Tuesday night, the man credited, or blamed, for shaping the city will explain his record, and connect the city's prospects with the nation's.

ust ten days ago, President Obama was one of several speakers at the White House Correspondents Dinner to deliver a casual slight to Martin O'Malley's not-yet-official 2016 presidential aspirations, based on the premise that no one had ever heard of him. Obama's joke was that Hillary Clinton had started off her campaign by going unrecognized at a Chipotle—and Martin O'Malley had gone unrecognized at a Martin O'Malley campaign event. Hardee har!

[The unmentioned "meta" aspect of the joke is that most presidential candidates necessarily go through the humiliating "You're running for what???" stage of campaigning, notably including the ultimately nominated-and-elected Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.]

It's a joke no one would make about O'Malley now. Protests over Freddie Gray's death were spreading in Baltimore even as the black-tie dinner took place 40 miles away in northwest Washington. Martin O'Malley—for eight years a Baltimore city council member, for seven years its mayor, for eight years until this January the governor of Maryland—came back to his city from an overseas trip, walked the streets, received both congratulations and criticism, and generally found himself at the center of the intersecting debates about inequality, opportunity, justice, and accountability that will certainly play a large role in the American politics of the next 18 months and the American realities of the era ahead. . .

One possibility, for a candidate running on his Baltimore record, would be to step back because of this controversy. The other, which O'Malley has chosen, is to step forward and argue that precisely because of his immersion in issues of crime, race, justice, and city struggles, he is the right person for these times. . .

On Tuesday night at 8:30pm Eastern time / 5:30 Pacific I will have a chance to ask questions of O'Malley, about his Baltimore record and many other aspects of his approach to governing, in an hour-long live public session at the headquarters of the Esri technology company, in Redlands, California. . .

The discussion on Tuesday night will be a free public event in the "Redlands Forum" series, but it will also be livestreamed (through a link at the bottom of this page), and it will be archived when it is done. I will report back after the event on what I learned. I hope you're able to watch and listen.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/05/asking-martin-omalley-to-explain-baltimore/392441/

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FSogol May 2015 #1
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Raine1967 May 2015 #3
Raine1967 May 2015 #4
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elleng May 2015 #8
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elleng May 2015 #11

Response to elleng (Original post)

Wed May 6, 2015, 08:09 AM

1. Here's O'Malley on Meet the Press concerning Baltimore

https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=75&v=1TIKYi5JWWM

On edit, Chuck Todd is a clown.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #1)

Wed May 6, 2015, 09:13 AM

2. Thanks, FS.

Yes, rather clownish, but at least he gave him the time.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Wed May 6, 2015, 01:56 PM

3. I have been waiting for the followup on this all day.

looking forward to it.

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Response to elleng (Original post)

Thu May 7, 2015, 09:57 AM

4. Kicking with the interview:

right now it is the interviewers notes but the video is posted: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/05/talking-with-martin-omalley-reform-or-pitchforks/392633/

the last three paragraphs are what I will post here:

• Governors have an edge in the race for the presidency, because they've spent their careers doing things, and learning the complications of the real world. I have no idea whether Martin O'Malley has a prayer in the upcoming presidential race. But from talking with him on stage, and before and after, and reading a lot by and about him in preparation for the event, I take him seriously as a person who has done things and knows the realities of execution. He also has attracted respectful attention from the press covering his still-unannounced campaign. For instance: a piece by Matt Bai in Yahoo; by Jill Lawrence and by Ron Brownstein back in 2013 in National Journal; ongoing coverage by John Wagner in the WaPo; and by Jim Rutenberg in the NYT. Again, who knows where this will lead, but he's shown that he is a serious figure.

• I didn't ask him about foreign policy in this session. One reason was that we ran out of time; another is that his judgment about the Iraq War told me that he had good instincts. After the event I told him that if there had been time I would have asked him about the proposed Iran-nuclear deal. He said it seemed like a positive step, which in context is another important sign of sanity.

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A contested race is a good thing for the party and the country, even if it's grinding for the actual candidates. Whatever becomes of him, Martin O'Malley is making what sounds to me like an important and valuable case.


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Response to Raine1967 (Reply #4)

Thu May 7, 2015, 09:59 AM

5. Good.

Thanks

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Response to Raine1967 (Reply #4)

Thu May 7, 2015, 11:20 AM

6. I have posted the interview @ Video & Multimedia.

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Response to elleng (Reply #6)

Thu May 7, 2015, 11:28 AM

7. Oh, excellent, ellen!

I wasn't sure how I could embed it and hadn't gotten around to finding a youtube version.

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Response to Raine1967 (Reply #7)

Thu May 7, 2015, 11:31 AM

8. and am listening to it as I type!

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Response to elleng (Reply #8)

Thu May 7, 2015, 11:35 AM

9. I have to walk the dogs (my afternoon job) and plan

on watching and listening when I get back!

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Response to elleng (Reply #8)

Thu May 7, 2015, 03:27 PM

10. This is a REALLY wonderful interview!

I would like for everyone to see this.

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Response to Raine1967 (Reply #10)

Thu May 7, 2015, 03:30 PM

11. Yes it is, I agree, Raine,

which is why I posted it 'up front.'

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