Conservatives Try to Make the Most Of Hillary Clinton’s Missteps

Martin O'Malley, the former governor of Maryland.Credit Christopher Gregory for The New York Times
Martin O’Malley, the former governor of Maryland.Credit Christopher Gregory for The New York Times

The furor over Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email account as secretary of state has delighted Republicans this week, but conservatives are not done trying to make the most of her misfortunes.

While Mrs. Clinton is still considered the heavy favorite to win the Democratic presidential nomination, right-leaning news media outlets are using the email story to pump up the possible campaign of Martin O’Malley, the former governor of Maryland.

Mr. O’Malley’s coming trip to New Hampshire won prominent placement on the Drudge Report for most of Friday, topped with a photograph of him and former President Bill Clinton.

Fox News dedicated a six-minute segment on the question: “Could Martin O’Malley stop Hillary Clinton’s 2016 momentum?”

Suggesting that there could have been some “lawbreaking” involved, the Fox host, Gregg Jarrett, said, “It’s fair to say that what we know right now is the tip of the iceberg.”

Mr. O’Malley has not officially announced his candidacy, but he is visiting early primary states, has said he will not run for the Senate in Maryland, and is showing his social media chops by offering a preview of his New Hampshire trip on Snapchat.

Conservative outlets were not the only ones suggesting that Mr. O’Malley’s stock could be on the rise. John Cassidy of The New Yorker suggested that Mrs. Clinton’s chances of winning the nomination might have dipped.

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Source: The New York Times | Alan Rappeport

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