Martin O’Malley Gets a Taste of His Own Medicine
Election cycle after election cycle, in both local and statewide races, Republican candidates have found that getting a debate with their opponents is like trying to justify their liberal policies – it simply cannot be done.
Recently, our slate of Republican candidates for the state house was unable to secure any kind of meaningful forum with their liberal opponents. And while Larry Hogan was finally able to secure three debates with his Democratic rival, Anthony Brown, he came nowhere close to the list of debates he proposed that would have covered all corners of the state.
The reason for this phenomenon is simple: with Maryland’s liberal bent, most Democratic candidates can win without moving a muscle. Agreeing to a debate could only hurt them by revealing to voters how reasonable their Republican opponents are, and how unreasonable they are.
Perhaps it is because we as Republicans have been dealing with this issue for many years, I found it so delightfully fitting when the Democrats released their primary debate schedule earlier this week.
The same Martin O’Malley who as a candidate for governor, and later as governor, refused to partake in an open and vibrant debate process, is finding himself on the losing end of the same arrangement. Now it is he who is the underdog, and it is he who is going to lose potential airtime because the established powers-that-be want to protect their own candidate.
Now it is O’Malley who would love to have as many debates as possible to spread his message, and it is Hillary Clinton who would like to freeze him out. And our good friend Martin is not taking it very well. He and his operatives have been expressing their outrage ever since the schedule was released.
This debate schedule is, however, just the most recent step in what has been a growing trend in politics: as the Republican Party becomes more ideologically diverse and open to various perspectives and countless candidates, the Democratic Party is pushing ideological purity, leaving little room for dissent on any issues.
I have a strong sense that, as is all too often the case, the liberal way of doing things is not going to work out too well for them.