Though the 2016 Republican field remains jam-packed, the Democratic field is sprinkled with a motley crew of socialist rejects.
While Hillary Clinton continues to appear as the DNC’s least-bad-option, she still has Bernie Sanders nipping at her heels from time to time.
And, in a distant third-place in a three-person race, we have Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley.
Though Clinton’s campaign is perpetually imperiled, O’Malley’s campaign is where it began: at the bottom. To his credit, however, he continues to stumble on even in the face of certain failure.
How bad is O’Malley’s campaign? It is so bad that in a recent campaign event in Iowa, only a single person attended and even then, when pressed, the man remained uncommitted to caucusing for O’Malley.
On Monday, a snowstorm in Iowa forced other presidential hopefuls to cancel their engagements. However, O’Malley evidently sensed an opportunity as his campaign stuck-it-out. Instead of a rally, O’Malley spent some time with the man discussing issues one-on-one.
Though the man likely appreciated the face-time, O’Malley couldn’t really speak broadly to an audience of only one man. A sit-down chat is really the only way it could have gone at that point.
“The very last event of the night, we actually had a whopping total of one person show up, but by God, he was glad to see me. So we spent the time with him,” O’Malley said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Tuesday.
The man was known only as Kenneth and a tweet from a reporter revealed the situation.
— Sarah Beckman (@SarahBeckman3) December 29, 2015
O’Malley claimed that he was “working on him” but that Kenneth had not committed to an O’Malley nomination just yet. He claimed that the people of Iowa “want to see the whole campaign play out” before deciding on a candidate.
“So I wasn’t surprised that he was uncommitted,” O’Malley said. “But I was glad he took the time to come out in the snow to see me. We almost canceled that last event but we were out there anyway, so we plowed through.”
While the snowstorm can be blamed for lower-than-expected attendance, the single man’s vaguely indifferent interest in O’Malley’s candidacy serves as a fitting representation of the kind of national interest in his candidacy.
If both Sanders and Clinton drop-out and Mayor McCheese decides not to mount a write-in campaign, O’Malley might have a real shot at being the nominee.