Every pundit in America has predicted that Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley will run for president in 2016, and O’Malley has done everything he can to encourage that speculation, short of outright admitting it’s true.

By almost any measure (too little name recognition, too much overt ambition) O’Malley is a long-shot. But in the latest issue of the Washington Monthly, Haley Sweetland Edwards argues that the former Baltimore mayor and two-term governor has one quality that makes him stand out: he is arguably the best manager working in government today. In an era when the very idea of government is under assault, O’Malley’s ability to make the bureaucracy work could prove invaluable, especially to a Democratic Party that stakes its very identity on a belief that government has a central role to play in solving the country’s greatest challenges.

Read “Should Martin O’Malley Be President?”

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Paul Glastris is the editor in chief of the Washington Monthly. A former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, he is writing a book on America’s involvement in the Greek War of Independence.