I think former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is about to shake up Hillary Clinton's planned coronation ceremony. He's been laying the groundwork for quite some time, and now there are two more bits of information: (1) he decided not to run for Barbara Mikulski's Senate seat, from which she is retiring--she's his political mentor and if he wanted it, it was his; and (2) he's just visited South Carolina and is now on his way to New Hampshire.
As for Clinton, apparently she has been planning an uncontested primary season, culminating in a love-fest at the convention. She hasn't even announced yet but has been hoovering up so much money that any potential challenger is supposed to look on her works and despair. Elizabeth Warren seems to have decided not to even explore a run. All this is according to Clinton's plan, but then things started to get wobbly.
Two weeks ago some of her key supporters started feuding bitterly and publicly among themselves, which is typical of her campaigns, especially 2008. She seems to be unable to lead a campaign and get a team of advisors pointed in the same direction. Now there's the flap over her control-freak private email practices, which is guaranteed not to go away anytime soon. She won't even talk about it in public, which is because there's no good explanation. The problem is that she decided to put all her email, governmental and private, on her own private server. Everything is commingled. The government emails must be disclosed, which she claims to have done, but in reality she withheld what she considered her personal email. Now nobody can be sure that she really disclosed all the government email, given that she and her staff decided what to turn over and what to withhold. No matter what the State Department does or says, Republicans in the House and Senate will never, ever stop demanding every single piece of email she sent while she was Secretary of State. Banana bread recipes, notes to the gardener, everything--and of course they are looking for anything that makes her look bad. And she put herself in this position. The whole thing is completely predictable.
O'Malley may be thinking, as Obama thought in 2007, that Hillary Clinton isn't all that great a campaigner and can be beaten despite all the conventional wisdom about her inevitability