So, just like everyone predicted, New Mexico is a battle ground state in this Presidential election. It will be well fought over and I believe Obama can win with his on the ground effort.
Having said that the Obama policy people need to make known to those of us who are working hard and contributing money to the campaign just how they view the west. If we are a battle ground then the statewide Obama effort must talk to us about the issues many of us care deeply about, the protection of our landscapes, watersheds, and rivers. There needs to be a concerted effort, like they are making with the veterans and their issues, on how an Obama campaign would work with the many factions on protection for our resources. So far the effort at bringing together a New Mexico environmental team for the campaign has faltered. This needs to be fixed not just in New Mexico, but other pivotal western states like Colorado and Nevada.
We pretty much know what to expect from McCain and Palin. Drill, Drill, Drill.
New Mexico's battleground status will be a more even fight than Sarah Palin is giving the wolf in Alaska however. It is a metaphor for what we can expect from the Republican team. Read this for an eye opener on how this 'hockey mom' views these creatures.