Democratic Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, with a demonstrably true but nevertheless surprising comment in an interview with BuzzFeed.
"They actually do have a more diverse group of governors than we do," he acknowledged, calling the Republican governors' greater ethnic and gender diversity a "demographic anomaly."
There are a couple more interesting bits in the chat -- most notably that he dissed the idea of tailoring a message to appeal to independents.
"Sometimes in campaigns you can drive yourself crazy with the micro-targeting and the pollsters and the tea leaves and the pixie dust trying to twist yourself into triple back-flips to appeal to the three percent that are the undecideds that live in suburbs and have lawns that are less than 20 feet long and all that bullshit," O'Malley said in an interview at BuzzFeed's Manhattan office Thursday.
"Just tell the base why you're doing what you're doing and why you're better than the other guy."
So here's the funny thing about the possible presidential candidate, O'Malley -- he actually sort of seems like the type of politically ambitious politician who'd indulge in the "tea leaves" and "pixie dusty, trying to twist yourself into triple back flips to appeal..."
In fact, his convention speech was roundly panned, because it seemed so affected, and it evoked quite a few comparisons with Tim Pawlenty, who also seemed to be trying on different political suits while running for president.