Regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum, I hope you are taking advantage of the opportunity to watch debates from both major political parties. I will repeat here something I have said before about both the Democratic and Republican candidates: my research shows that people who have served as governors before becoming president are more likely to be ranked among our greatest presidents and less likely to be ranked among our worst presidents in major surveys on presidential performance. With that in mind, I think Democrats should be paying a lot more attention to Martin O'Malley than they seem to be. He served two terms as governor of Maryland and, before that, two terms as mayor of Baltimore. To a greater extent than any other candidate in the Democratic field, he has faced real problems from the executive office at both city and state level, and performed well enough to win re-election to both posts. As is often the case, we cannot count on media hype to guide the primary process toward the most qualified candidate.
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Author of Thy King Dumb Come and Accountability Citizenship, Stephen P. Tryon is a businessman and technologist with extensive experience in e-commerce, a retired Soldier, and former Senate Fellow.