Cain may well be the first White House contender in the maelstrom of a potential scandal to have broken into song.
Had the election been close there, a maelstrom of litigation would have made us pine for hanging chads and Katherine Harris.
Anthony Shadid was one of the great rational voices in the maelstrom of hate that is the Middle East.
1680s (Hakluyt, 1560s, has Malestrand), name of a famous whirlpool off the northwest coast of Norway, from Danish malstrøm (1673), from older Dutch Maelstrom (modern maalstroom), literally "grinding-stream," from malen "to grind" (see meal) + stroom "stream" (see stream (n.)). The name was used by Dutch cartographers (e.g. Mercator, 1595). OED says perhaps originally from Færoic mal(u)streymur. Popularized as a synonym for "whirlpool" c.1841, the year of Poe's "A Descent into the Maelstrom."