There was a great book and movie back in the 60's called "The Ugly American"
. It was really about the overall arrogance and ignorance of the American average citizen and their government employees. It was about uninformed policy in government that was designed to keep the public uninterested while making profits for the few and enemies of all foreign nations. It is as true today as ever in our own state government, especially when it comes to ignorance.
We New Mexicans now have a truly ignorant Governor in the person of Susana Martinez. Have you ever wondered why she never appears in a wide ranging news conference? It is because she would not be able to answer policy questions in any rational way. If you have ever spoken with anyone who has had the opportunity to visit with her on issues that she should be knowledgeable in, then you know that her lack of depth really shines through. She has her shadow neocons to divert any criticisms of her by attacking those who differ with her.
I spoke recently with some folks who were asked to meet with the governor on the spur of the moment. She then proceeded to embarrass her self with her total lack of what laws and policies were on the subject she was ranting on. The participants said it was truly remarkable.
She is aided and abetted in this by our sorry state of affairs in journalism in New Mexico. How is it that the broadcasters and print folks haven't cornered her in a free wheeling sit down session in over four years? How can that be? Are they required to give a list of questions first? And then not deviate from it?
I am betting that is exactly the ground rules for anyone interviewing Martinez who is obviously in way over her head even after four years of experience. She is very vulnerable here and Gary King needs to hit this issue hard. He must corner her at every turn to force her ignorance into the open.