How insane is Dem Gov. O’Malley? THIS insane!/RBPundit/status/519857633743101952

Simple, right? Nope.


— RB (@RBPundit) October 8, 2014

No, really: WHUT? Take a look at the latest absurdity from Maryland’s Gov. O’Malley:

"WiFi is a human right.” – Martin O’Malley Also Frosted Flakes

— Jon Ward (@jonward11) October 8, 2014

Dude. Stop it. Just … stop.

@jonward11 what the fuck?

— Spergon Wynn (@SpergonWynn) October 8, 2014

The pure stupidity astounds me. RT @jonward11: "WiFi is a human right.” – Martin O’Malley Also Frosted Flakes

— Christy Lynn (@ChristyLynnLSU) October 8, 2014

The mockery of the Democrat governor was swift and sure.

Martin O'Malley said WiFi is a human right? He's been spending too much time in the fake n bake chamber.

— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) October 8, 2014

@jonward11 @instapundit Also unlimited text and talk,30+MPG, 10GB Cloud storage, Electricity, #InventANewHumanRight

— Paul Hensler (@PaulHensler) October 8, 2014

"Wi-Fi is a human right. Because otherwise the Iphones we are born with are practically useless." — Martin O'Malley #HumanRights

— Brian Jones (@FlashHeart59) October 8, 2014

"100 calorie double cheeseburgers from Five Guys are a human right." – Martin O'Malley

— Popehat (@Popehat) October 8, 2014

It takes a special kind of stupid to claim that wi-fi is a human right. Looking at you, Martin O'Malley.

— RB (@RBPundit) October 8, 2014

Triple stuffed crust pizza. Fucking human right.

— S.M (@redsteeze) October 8, 2014

@daveweigel @jonward11 It's actually harmful. When everything is a human right, nothing is a human right.

— Sean Hackbarth (@seanhackbarth) October 8, 2014

Ding, ding, ding!

RT @SonnyBunch: The phrase “human right” officially has no meaning. MT @jonward11: "WiFi is a human right.” – Martin O’Malley

— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) October 8, 2014


C'mon guys, O'Malley didn't say "Wifi is a human right", he said his young dumb lib constituents believe it is, so we must go along with it.

— Shane Styles (@shaner5000) October 8, 2014

Well, he said they realize its a “human right,” as if it is. More from CNN:

“Baby boomers and older were often told that if we specialize in terms of our skills, we will be more secure and prosperous, that the definition of ‘making it” was living out in the suburbs as far way as possible with the biggest lawn possible,” he said. “Young people have flipped that on its head. Younger people are choosing to live in cities. They realize that connections to each other are making us better. That WiFi is a human right. That proximity is important to entrepreneurship, access to capital and talent and diversity. There is an opportunity there for us as a nation to embrace that new perspective.”

So, either way, this sums it up nicely:

@jonward11 @instapundit That is mental disease. Or in other words, liberalism. It is NOT a right. It is a luxury.

— Buddy File (@Burning4Buddy) October 8, 2014


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Martin O’Malley Sends Staffers To Support Campaigns In Iowa, New Hampshire

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Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will pay for more than two dozen staffers to work on Democratic campaigns in Iowa, New Hampshire, and several other states ahead of the midterm elections this fall, his spokesperson confirmed Monday.

The move to dispatch campaign workers, first reported by the Washington Post, signals the extent to which O’Malley is pursuing a possible White House bid.

The governor’s spokesperson, Lis Smith, would not discuss details about how many staffers would travel to which states. But she said the staffers would be helping Senate and gubernatorial campaigns across the country, including those races in Iowa and New Hampshire, the states that host the first caucuses and primary.

The staffers, Smith said, will be paid for by O’Malley’s political action committee, O’Say Can You See, also called O’PAC.

Politicians considering a national run will often send money or manpower to early-voting states during the election cycle before a presidential race. In 2006, before Democrats’ last open primary, workers paid by former Democratic Sens. John Edwards and Evan Bayh, for example, hit New Hampshire and Iowa.

But this year, O’Malley is the only known Democrat providing such support.

Raymond Buckley, chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, said he had no knowledge of plans for other Democrats to engage in races in his state.

He hadn’t heard of O’Malley’s intentions to send staffers until Monday, he said.

Ready for Hillary, a super PAC preparing for a possible Hillary Clinton campaign, has been set up in primary states for the last year. The group made its first organizing trip to Iowa last January. But Clinton herself has yet to engage in midterm races. She is scheduled to appear in Iowa at Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry next month.

O’Malley will finish his second and last term as governor in January. He has spent much of the last year traveling on behalf of Democrats, while putting together what he has called “the framework” for a possible presidential campaign.

The campaign workers will meet with O’Malley on Friday and will dispatch to states “imminently,” Smith said.

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What Are Democrats Going To Do About Presidential Debates?

With Hillary Clinton dominating the field, and a full Republican slate of debates scheduled, Democrats haven’t announced one yet. “We’re talking to everyone to try and get the buy-in on the front end, so that when the time comes we can pull the trigger and it’ll work.”

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WASHINGTON — Just before Thanksgiving last year, without much fanfare, former Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia launched an exploratory committee for the presidency of the United States. Against a deep blue backdrop, Webb laid out a case for his brand of leadership and detailed his public service in the Senate, as an officer in the Marine Corps, and at the Department of Defense.

“Each time,” he said, “I served not with the expectation of making government a career, but to continue to the good of the country during a period of crisis or great change.”

Webb became the first major name on either side to make his designs on the White House so publicly known and he has largely maintained a low profile since. But a spokesperson for the 68-year-old Democrat said there was no immediate plan in place for a crucial exercise in the primary process: the Democratic debate program.

“Actually, we’ve had no discussions internally or externally about debates,” Webb spokesperson Craig Crawford said in an email to BuzzFeed News. “Will cross that bridge when we see it.”

Webb’s exploratory committee is currently the closest thing to a challenge to Hillary Clinton’s expected, but yet-to-be-announced campaign. The thinned-out presidential field presents an obvious, but murky question: What exactly is the Democratic Party going to do about presidential debates?

The DNC says publicly that it’s not worried about the dearth of candidates leading up to the election and that, instead, it’s focused on inclusion of the debate’s stakeholders: the networks, the candidates, and their surrogates.

“This is not a candidate-driven process,” DNC spokesperson Mo Elleithee said in a recent interview with BuzzFeed News. “It’s a process-driven process. Having said that, it’s why we’re talking to everyone to try and get the buy-in on the front end, so that when the time comes we can pull the trigger and it’ll work. We want to put together a debate program that helps the process of selecting our nominee.”

Six years ago, the field was crowded with big ticket names, including then Sens. Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John Edwards, and Clinton herself. The candidates took part in more than two-dozen debates that many Democrats believed left the last two candidates standing — Clinton and Obama — unnecessarily battered for the general election.

Elleithee added there will almost certainly be fewer debates, but did not have a number or offer a range. It’s in direct contrast to the strategy pursued by the RNC, which announced a nine-debate from August 2015 through March 1, 2016. The schedule is complete with sites, partnering networks, and approximate dates.

In addition to Webb, the next strongest potential contender is former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who on Tuesday removed himself from bottleneck of names vying for the Senate seat that will be vacated by Sen. Barbara Mikulski in 2016. An O’Malley spokesperson declined comment for this story.

Debates play a critical role in the process — candidates can advance a national profile, and a party can redefine or test core principles with multiple candidates. The former and current Democratic Party officials that spoke with BuzzFeed News during the DNC Winter Meetings earlier this month shared an optimistic, but slightly untraditional view of the party’s locus heading into the second quarter: With the current field, they said, Clinton would coast to the Democratic nomination with her entire war chest and few to no scars, even if she did not test her mettle against a Democratic rival that might improve her stamina against the Republican candidate.

“When you have a primary and you’re spending tens, if not hundreds of millions of dollars competing against your brethren, you’ve got to redo all of that and compete against the Republican,” John Wisniewski, a Democratic New Jersey lawmaker and former state party chair told BuzzFeed News. “When you don’t have that kind of primary process you have the ability to save those resources. The downside in all of that is that is there’s less of an opportunity to test-market your views and develop your team early on because there’s no challenge.”

Elleithee thinks the RNC’s straight-into-your-living room blueprint is too archaic when companies like Facebook will help drive information, analysis, and data to voters.

The RNC did not immediately respond to a message asking for comment.

“I think the days are over when a network throws a debate on television, promotes the heck out of it and expects people to come watch it,” he said. “That’s part of it. But at the same time people are getting their information differently. They’re not watching live television the way they used to. People are getting more of their information digitally… They’re not watching entire shows or programs anymore, they’re watching snippets that are important to them.”

Elleithee said he’s less interested in people watching entire debates. Part of the DNC’s approach is working on on-demand programming that will allow viewers to pick and choose what they want to see. But he said the DNC is not in negotiations yet. Instead it’s creating a collaborative method for networks, news organizations, and special interest groups to work with likely candidates.

“As we get a better sense of when and how our field takes shape, then I think there will be some more clarity and we’ll start to make some decisions that we hope will work for everybody,” Elleithee said.

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