The other day, I was thinking about presidential candidates (this being 2016) who were running despite pretty much being out of it. Sure, things can happen, but once the front runners are clear it seems like an odd existence. Governor Martin O’Malley especially stood out. The GOPs seemed miserable, admittedly for fairly solid reasons, but he seemed very positive, happy, passionate about his ideas, and.. polling at 4-5%.
There’s more to it than winning I guess, to hold any public office you always campaign, and at a certain level, you’d have to run in the firm knowledge that it’s a dry-run, but he seemed disproportionately pleased.
My son has a dog that runs around me during the day. I noticed he somehow seemed to have an odd positive association with O’Malleys name. Being a dog everything is, of course, very *very* complicated to him. Very little we do makes sense. All he has to go on, for good or bad, is tone of voice and body language – angry? sad? happy? violent? – plus the interplay with other people.
I realized if he voted, he would, without a shadow of a doubt, be for O’Malley. Ignoring plans and policy most of the others seemed angry. The rest seem at least a bit loud and irate. From a dogs POV that’s never good, bad things happen around people like that. O’Malley seems safer – no one says anything around him except sometimes “good job”. Everyone must love him. And he seems really happy! And his name sounds funny!
After a few days of this, I shopped up a quick banner for facebook, like so: