2016 Democrat also-ran Governor Martin O’Malley is feeling good about the Democratic Party’s future. He thinks the party is coming back to life like a scorched landscape after a forest fire. It’s not a bad analogy. He also lays some of the blame on Obama, which is correct.

Megan Hughes reports at ABC News:

O’Malley: Democratic Party ‘regenerating itself, almost like after a bad forest fire’

According to Democratic former Maryland governor and 2016 presidential candidate Martin O’Malley, former President Obama, the Democratic National Committee and Bill and Hillary Clinton bear responsibility for miscalculations that weakened the Democratic Party in recent elections.

“What is happening now is the party is regenerating itself, almost like after a bad forest fire,” O’Malley tells ABC News’ chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl and political director Rick Klein on the “Powerhouse Politics” podcast.

He says the fire started in 2008. He believes Obama squandered the energy of his candidacy. “Rather than infusing that energy into the veins of the Democratic Party and making the Democratic Party new and more energetic, instead, the president and his people decided to set up a separate organization in Organizing for America.”

O’Malley says that Republican donors took advantage of the situation and GOP candidates won state and local races across the country.

During the 2016 presidential race, he says, the Clintons were a “formidable force” and did everything in their power for Hillary Clinton to secure the nomination within the rules.

But it is the DNC that O’Malley says has “a lot of work to do.” He dropped out of the presidential campaign after the Iowa primary, and he blames DNC decision-making surrounding the early debates in 2015 as a significant factor in Donald Trump’s rise beginning that July.

O’Malley’s points about Obama and the DNC are valid. It will be interesting to see how other Democrats react to his opinions.

On Friday, he continued this line of thought with Pete Hegseth on FOX and Friends.

From the FOX News Insider:

Martin O’Malley: ‘Shame on Democrats,’ Time to Start Acting Like a Party

Former presidential candidate Martin O’Malley gave a shoutout to capitalism and called for Democrats to start “acting like a party.”

“The truth is, we were wiped out,” O’Malley said on “Fox & Friends” Friday, referencing governor’s races and state legislatures that Democrats lost leading up to the 2016 election.

“Shame on us. We need to act like a party. We need to realize every state matters,” the former Maryland governor stated.

Affordable college, a government that invests in America, and higher wages for hard work were at the top of O’Malley’s list.

“This isn’t rocket science, but it is the proper practice of American capitalism, which means that the more our people earn, the more they spend, the more our economy grows.”

After that they discuss Republican plans for tax reform which O’Malley claims are going to bankrupt the country. It’s kind of hilarious to hear a Democrat say that after eight years of Obama.

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