The media has been like a wild herd covering Hillary Clinton’s presidential rollout this week, with many reporters literally chasing down her campaign van.
Well, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley might be speeding up his entry into the presidential — and media — contest, subtly going after Clinton at an event Thursday.
Responding to The Guardian on Clinton’s change of stance on marriage equality and drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants, O’Malley didn’t mince words.
“I’m glad Secretary Clinton’s come around to the right positions on these issues,” O’Malley said at a forum at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. “I believe that we are best as a party when we lead with our principles and not according to the polls.”
O’Malley continued to imply she has played her positions based on politics, rather than leadership: “Leadership is about making the right decision, and the best decision before sometimes it becomes entirely popular.”
A day earlier, O’Malley released a video that looked eerily like a campaign ad, again taking indirect hits at Clinton. “History celebrates profiles in courage, not profiles in convenience,” O’Malley says about same-sex marriage.
O’Malley has said he’ll decide on whether to challenge Clinton sometime before the end of May.
“It’s a colossal undertaking, and there are many different components of [a presidential race]”, he said. “Organization, policy, personnel — its a lot to put together. “I’ve never run a bad race, and I don’t intend to start now — if I were to do this,” he added.
The media is itching for some other, high-pitched Democratic challengers to make the race more interesting and less of a cakewalk for Clinton.