President Barack Obama got a huge boost from Democratic primary voters who knew that he, alone among 2008 contenders, had spoken against the Iraq invasion.
Five years later, another Democratic presidential aspirant is edging toward a position questioning a Syria war that is out of sync with his party's leader. The Baltimore Sun reports:
I know almost nothing about O'Malley except that his state ended the death penalty on his watch. For all I know, he's one of those pols who look a lot better the farther you are located away from them.
But it is important that somebody who is plausibly in the Dem field for 2016 thinks it is worth staking out a position away from the Prez against yet another war. That's democracy -- small "d" -- at work.