We all sat around the back yard last night after a nice dinner party and parsed the upcoming general election in the Land of Enchantment. We pretty much decided that the candidates for Governor have not garnered the public's attention yet and a summer of opportunity has passed them by. This is bad news for the GOP's Susana Martinez. They only real ruckus she has raised so far is winning her primary election and losing her corruption fighting credentials because of sweetheart deals with employees on the purchase of office supplies.
The candidates are talking a lot about budget cutting, efficiency, and education but we decided that just wasn't getting peoples emotions triggered. Just ask yourself, what do I sit around and worry about? School vouchers? I doubt it. Most people are still sitting around worrying about having a job, or their kids having a job, or seeing their savings disappear as they help unemployed children and or parents. Once again it is the economy and so far the state level campaigns in New Mexico don't seem to see the over arching issue. Maybe it is just too big of an issue to tackle.
This will be an interesting election in that people will have to decide if they like government or hate it. Right now there are a lot of people who might be homeless if it weren't for the government's stimulus spending and unemployment benefits. How they vote could be a deciding factor in November.