House Democrats were wrapping up a meeting with Martin O'Malley on Capitol Hill last month when an influential New York lawmaker tossed an arm around the shoulders of Rep. Eric Swalwell of California.
Swalwell was the only member of Congress who had endorsed O'Malley's presidential bid. The gesture by Rep. Joseph Crowley was meant to console him at a time when the former Maryland governor was stuck in the single digits.
"Don't worry," the fellow Democrat told Swalwell. "O'Malley's got a future."
As O'Malley began to pick up the pieces from his failed presidential campaign Tuesday, his supporters were beginning to speculate about exactly what that...