Iowa rally for presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley draws record turnout

Iowa rally for presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley draws record turnout
Martin O’Malley

The headline of this post was written in Politispeak, the language used by politicians and their handlers to spin adversity into triumph.

So how many turned out at a campaign stop in Iowa on Monday to hear former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley’s plan to move an ailing nation forward if he is elected president?

As Nick Gass of Politico notes, the answer is one. And even that lone soul, identified only as Kenneth, remains uncommitted.

Judging from the picture in this tweet by ABC News reporter Sarah Beckman, the meeting was pretty cozy. (Cozy is another Politispeak term).

In fairness to O’Malley, “a vicious winter storm” blanketed the area, which is why most people chose not to venture out. O’Malley, moreover, was the only candidate to go through with plans last night to meet his public.

On the other hand, O’Malley is polling at 4.6%, according to the most recent Real Clear Politics average, meaning that even if the weather had cooperated, he was probably not looking at a huge turnout anyway.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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