Friday, February 1, 2013

Is O'Malley actually running for Veep?

There's some bipartisan agreement among some representatives in Maryland, according to The Baltimore Sun:

Two observers from opposite ends of the political spectrum — [Democratic Rep. Elijah] Cummings and Republican state Sen. Richard F. Colburn of the Eastern Shore — had the same view of what would happen if Clinton were to run.

Both thought O’Malley would pass on the race but would be on the short list for the No. 2 spot on the ticket.

“He’s not running for president,” Colburn said. “He’s running for vice president.”

It's hard to imagine O'Malley passing on a run for president in 2016, but the representatives raise an interesting point with their Veep talk. If Hillary essentially clears the field of top-tier opponents, that might leave just O'Malley and a few others to run against her (and lose).

In that case, you could make the argument that running for president would either help or hurt O'Malley's Veep cause.

If he runs and builds a following, it might make sense for Hillary to tap him. But if he's one of the few to run against her, he could also burn a bridge when it comes to tapping time. It's very early for Veepstakes speculation, but in this case, presidential and veep speculation go hand-in-hand.

[Photo: Jay Baker]