Heh, not just getting your home county's roads paved, but hiring a tenth of your county in special exempt state government positions making lots of (by NM standards, people, settle down) money, THAT is the core of that wing of the state Dems.
Well, of course Denish will do that - especially in regards to what you said about the dairies in the Pearce vs. Teague race.
Me, I like Teague, the one member of the 5 in Congress from NM that I do, but I think he's not making it this time.
That's a really good point. I'd like to add to that my observation: the
Democratic Party of New Mexico's machine prefers
matters this way. They want New Mexicans to remain both poor and dependent on government support, because then New Mexicans will keep voting for Democrats to keep the government support flowing to them, and thus a solid cycle is in place. A thriving private sector would be a threat to their power base, and thus is discouraged. Yes, that's rather cynical, but I came to that conclusion a long time ago upon looking at how this state is run.
Hmm, I hadn't thought of it like that, but Albuquerque is the most connected part of the state, isn't it? I was going off of candidate quality and ideology.
Which is why I oppose Colon - I haven't forgotten how he refused to take responsibility for the issues with the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary and threw some poor female underling under the bus on that. He's basically a little s#!+.
But anyway, in classic NM fashion, I expect the primaries to pick people I dislike intensely, per the usual.
Well, you never know
but, agreed, I can't see any of the gubernatorial candidates running for higher office any time soon. I am immensely amused at how, with a southern Anglo Democrat on the ticket, ALL the Lt. Governor candidates are Hispanic Democrats, from no further south than Albuquerque. Just coincidental, I'm sure.
'Disorganized and out of touch' explains a lot of the GOP's past decade here.
YES, Wilson for Senate in 08 would have been a much smarter move, but the Club for Growth - and its cheerleaders like Keystone Phil
- wanted a rightie. I hope they enjoyed their 20+ point a$$-kicking. ^_- I'm not so sure about Turner - although he has some interesting ideas and experience - he's not that
different from the others
but tapping into public discontent here would be a smart move, because you'd have to be an idiot to associate the establishment with the Republicans in this
To be fair, the Domenicis are really influential by virtue of all those years in the Senate, and Gary Johnson went off in interesting directions - OK, decriminalizing pot is something a lot of people are willing to discuss (including Darren White, actually), but making ALL drugs illegal is way out there.
Johnson won because of the anti-Democratic wave in 1994 coupled with severe internal splits in the NM Democratic Party that year (Bruce King vs Casey Luna vs JIm Baca vs Roberto Mondragon), and in 1998 I have it on good authority that Martin Chavez had made some enemies in the NM Democratic apparatus who, err, weren't that interested in him winning.
I'll note a district drop in vote totals on that race in particular
precincts in Bernalillo County.
O&G is always very tricky, because SO much of the state government budget in NM relies upon revenues from it. So it's rather hypocritical for the Dems to condemn it on the one hand while turning around and spending its dollars like water on pet projects and tax cuts and the like (all of which has caused a lot of budget problems once the O&G market dropped off...). If you're going to turn against O&G, you'd better grow some other source of revenue first.
Otherwise the Dem pawns look like hypocrites (whereas the Rep pawns are more open about all this
). TL;DR for the oil bit: if you're going to reduce the influence of O&G, then don't rely so heavily on it for your government budget.
Amusing Land Commissioner description.
Although the dreamer environmentalist is likely to win out on the Dem side this time, and is from Albuquerque to boot! Then again, so was the last Dem candidate, but Albuquerque hasn't forgiven Jim Baca for his tenure as Mayor yet.
And I know
who you are referring about with the Native American, although I have forgotten his name.
On the GOP side the 'random "party chair and conservative activist" nobody has ever heard of yet everyone inexplicably likes' guy is there, but the other guy is instead a rancher from Portales, so that's new.
So who wins the general this time, the Albuquerque environmentalist with previous experience in the job, or the cattle rancher from Portales?
I notice Lyons won two terms against first a corrupt Hispano hack (Art Trujillo?! Seriously?!) and then the aforementioned dreamer environmentalist from Albuquerque (Jim Baca - wait, Ray Powell LOST to him in the Primary in 2006?! WTF?!), so this race tends to generate some odd outcomes.
I'm very, very, unimpressed with Heinrich. Not one shred of independent thought in his skull.
Hell, I didn't like Darren White either, but in a lesser-of-two-evils situation... Oh, I'd love to see Heather back here, but I think she's got something else in mind, and no, I don't know what it is.
Ooh, really? GO GREENIE GO! Maybe they can pull 10-15% of the vote again!
And I said my other reflections on this race already, so have nothing more to add...