Ah, Martin, We Never Really Knew Ye.

Alas, Governor, it is with sadness that I note your withdrawal from the presidential race.  You had everything going for you that I could see.  Good looking, young, healthy, talented, scandal-free, and a proven track record in the difficult world of practical politics.  What on earth went wrong?  Oh, Martin, I fear that such bland goodness was completely lost on an electorate whose appetites are accustomed to the likes of reality television and adrenaline-pumping but impossible promises.  You are a dinosaur.  But I want you to know that your swan song lingers in at least a few hearts, even though the poignancy of the last minute of your video clip is almost too much to bear!

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.

Irish Blessing


About Jim Wheeler

U. S. Naval Academy, BS, Engineering, 1959; Naval line officer and submariner, 1959 -1981, Commander, USN; The George Washington U., MSA, Management Eng.; Aerospace Engineer, 1981-1999; Resident Gadfly, 1999 - present. Political affiliation: Democratic.
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5 Responses to Ah, Martin, We Never Really Knew Ye.

  1. Jim Ruebush says:

    I didn’t know he was a musician and singer. I’m impressed.

    In the fall, we saw him a couple of times in interviews with some Iowa columnists. We were impressed with his answers and ideas. In fact, we went so far as to send an email to his campaign saying he was welcome to come to our home for a neighborhood meeting and coffee. We got no response.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jim Wheeler says:

      Too bad he didn’t visit. I’m surprised that his campaign lasted as long as it did – it was low energy, as Trump would say, same problem as Jeb! Nice guys seem to finish last in politics. Image matters.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. He just picked a bad time to run. A strong conventional Democratic front runner, an enthusiasm-generating democratic socialist from Vermont, and, of course, all of the weird reality TV stuff going on in the Republican primary. His message, whatever it was, got swallowed up in all the rest. Gotta him credit for trying, though. Politics is like Hobbes described man in the state of nature: “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish,” and in the case of O’Malley, “short.”


  3. Jim Wheeler says:

    It occurs to me from the lack of comment that perhaps no reader noticed what happens in the clip at 2 minutes, 36 seconds? Maybe it’s just my strange sense of humor, but isn’t this Martin’s Rodney Dangerfield moment? 😉


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