Governor Martin O’Malley doesn’t have a hangover this morning.
The victory of Question 6 gives the Governor a major plank in his portfolio of accomplishments for his presidential run, along with opening the door to major donors.
Current projections look as if Democratic Governor’s will maintain across the country, losing only North Carolina, which is a victory for O’Malley as the head of the Democratic Governor’s Association. The Democrats had to defend several seats that looked extremely competitive including Washington state, Montana and New Hampshire. The loss of only North Carolina, which the outgoing Democrat has to take a lot of personal blame on, is a major victory for O’Malley. (Washington and Montana haven’t been called yet but the Democrats are ahead)
The victory of President Obama for O’Malley is actually a double-edged issue. On one hand, it is much easier to run in a primary against someone, rather than establishing yourself in the shadow of President Obama. But on the other hand, in the general election it will be easier to go for the open seat in 2016. In addition, there isn’t a huge belief that Vice President Biden will carry on the torch of the Obama years, and many Democrats probably wouldn’t even keep him as a number one pick with his propensity for gaffs.
Governor O’Malley and Democrats also truly believe that the economy will improve under Obama’s control, and wouldn’t have during a Republican presidency. With the assumption, and the victory of Question 7, O’Malley now has a new set of big moneyed campaign donors that owe him a favor AND if the economy does improve, could have the flexibility to propose a tax cut on the middle class to help polish the major turd on his resume which is his multiple tax increases.
On top of it all, Maryland also re-affirmed it is a deep blue state that will reliably back whatever he does, whether it is a blatant grab for power, or shady backroom deal. Despite the thought that Maryland Republicans had a new and potent tool with the MDPetitions attempt, the victory at the ballot box of each initiative gives O’Malley the ability to keep his focus nationally with little concern on what happens in the State.
When I drink Guinness, I tend to wake up the next morning feeling bloated and tired. For Martin O’Malley it is a reminder of what a great night he had on November 6th.