It is a smart way to do things these days. Have you ever noticed that the most long lived politicians never really stand out for pushing a program? Of course there are some exceptions. Governor Jack Campbell years ago left us the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Governor Bruce King left us the Severance Tax Permanent Fund that finances public works. Bill Richardson was around a long time even though he pursued projects like the Space Port and Rail Runner. Can anyone think of such projects under the Martinez administration? Something that will be around a long time to serve New Mexicans?
It is somewhat like Gary Johnson some years back. I can't think of one thing he left behind after being Governor for eight years. Yes, he did talk about a sane drug policy but little came of it. And so he will in the end be one of those forgotten quirky pols. That is where Martinez will end up and it is sad. She is squandering a chance at remembrance by listening to the extreme right wing. Deep down I don't even think she believes in that stuff. And given her humble beginnings, if she does believe it, it is very sad.