Joe Concha, an experienced political columnist, wrote in Mediaite:
But there was one thing plainly and obviously missing from [Martin] O’Malley’s attempt at bombast:
Anything resembling criticism of the person he’s supposedly challenging… Hillary Clinton.
It’s simply amazing O’Malley continues to avoid the very topic (the reckless and possibly illegal use of a private email server while Secretary of State) that is bringing Mrs. Clinton down to the point the party is in a panic and a formerly disinterested Vice President is now organizing running against her.
(Note: O’Malley is polling at two percent. He’s almost as ignored as Lincoln Chafee, which is an exceptional feat).
And yet he refuses to broach the topic of trustworthiness when it comes to Hillary.
Is it because he’s a nice guy?
A classy opponent?
Or because he doesn’t think the aspect of Mrs. Clinton is really a big deal?
Joe, the answer is none of the above.
Hillary is the ‘Grand Dame’ of Democratic politics.
She is the role model to women who aspire to run for political office.
It’s one thing to be a politician and a critic of policy.
It’s quite another to be a politician who makes criticism personal especially when it concerns a woman.
While women may give O’Malley some leeway to criticize Hillary on her policy choices, women will be unforgiving if he rips her over emails which women will perceive, rightly or wrongly, as a personal attack on Hillary and her character.
Women are the single most significant demographic of voters among Democrats. No Democrat can win the Democratic Primary 2016 without a significant block of women voters, and no one can win the Presidency in Election 2016 without significant support from women voters.
Questioning Hillary’s trustworthiness over emails get’s personal, and, it gets into the ‘No No Zone’ with respect to women voters.
So forget it.
O’Malley simply will not make it a part of his campaign to criticize Hillary over her emails, and take the chance of losing women voters.