The Lid: Why Martin O'Malley is Singing the Blues

Image: Democratic Presidential Candidates Attend Fall Barbecue In Ames, Iowa
Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley greets Iowans during the Central Iowa Democrats fall barbecue November 15, 2015 at Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. O'Malley continued to campaign for the nomination from the Democratic Party. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)Alex Wong / Getty Images

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By Andrew Rafferty

Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos…


The late-breaking 2016 news tonight comes from Martin O’Malley’s struggling campaign. NBC/MSNBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald, Kristen Welker and Chuck Todd report that the former Maryland governor is reducing the size of its headquarters staff and shipping them mostly out to Iowa. Though the campaign has called it a “shift” that will make them more competitive in the early states, the fact is that shuffling, reallocating, or shifting resources -- whatever you want to call it -- is not something you see a winning campaign do very often.


  • Martin O'Malley's financially strapped presidential campaign is reallocating resources to reduce the size of its headquarters staff and focus on the early presidential nominating states, and especially Iowa, according to sources.
  • Rep. Steve King called Ted Cruz “the answer to my prayers” while endorsing him on Monday.
  • After the terror attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 people, the placement of refugees fleeing Syria has come under scrutiny as more than a dozen governors - mostly Republicans - have said the do not want the refugees in their state.
  • In the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris, many leaders called for a rethinking of the world's policies in taking on ISIS...but not President Obama.


“I am way ahead, in terms of fundraising, of the candidate in fourth place.”

-- Martin O’Malley joke about the three-person


Hillary Clinton is in Texas.

Jeb Bush campaigns in Conway, SC.

Carly Fiorina speaks to the New Hampshire federation of GOP women in Concord.

Martin O’Malley holds a town hall in Dubuque, Iowa.