“I’ve been telling my neighbors for two years that this is not who we are. The overtly fascist rhetoric. The demonizing, vilifying, verminizing—if that’s a verb—of the other. I keep telling people that’s not who we are. But if in these midterms, with this first opportunity to correct our mistake, people vote for ‘this,’ then maybe that’s who we’ve become.”
— Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), paraphrasing another candidate to Esquire.