O’Malley’s Moment of Truth

June Smith
It finally happened: Martin told the truth. I heard him tell it Sunday morning on “Face the Nation”. When Bob Schieffer asked him if he “could honestly say people are better off today than four years ago”, O’Malley answered “No…” quickly adding “but that’s not the question for this election.”
That is the only truthful word I’ve heard O’Malley say since he plunged into politics in 1991.
He then went on to “spin” his answer, blaming the Bush administration for the rise of unemployment, the deficit, etc., praising Obama, and spent the rest of the weekend ‘splaining and reversing his remarks.
Leaving “no” on the side of the road, O’Malley took every available media opportunity to clarify his comment and spread the word that “we need to continue to move forward”.
He’s lucky he’s not at one of the two North Carolina Burn Centers for over-exposure to the key light, fill light and kicker lighting techniques used in television productions.
Too bad Flip Flopping isn’t an Olympic Event. He’d surely bring home the Gold.
But I digress…

O’Malley will be the opening act for keynote speaker Julian Castro, the mayor San Antonio at the Convention Tuesday night.
In his allotted five minutes, he said he’s going to “lay out some of the themes of this upcoming choice in this campaign, the importance of moving forward and not back.”
The Sun blogged that this “is arguably the most important address the governor has given in years and it will be parsed by those speculating about the possibility of O’Malley’s own presidential campaign in 2016.”
He may need an extra hit of stage makeup to cover the dilated superficial blood vessels in his red ear from what he’s heard from the Democratic powers-that-be about his weekend gaffe.
Then again, maybe not.
He’s moved forward…

June Smith is the widow of Ron Smith, WBAL Talk Show Host, Emmy® Award winner, and Baltimore Sun columnist, who was a media titan in Maryland area and beyond for almost forty years. Her tribute website, founded in his memory, is www.friendsofronsmith.com. She is working diligently to raise one million dollars for the Ron Smith Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at Johns Hopkins. Her email is june@friendsofronsmith.com.


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