It looks like Mario Burgos is going to get his wish. In a post titled, “Obama, please take our governor,” my fellow New Mexican opines that we’d be better off without Mr. Richardson in the governor’s mansion. Maybe so, but will “Judas” Richardson be better off having to watch his back serving in a cabinet alongside Hillary Clinton?
Moreover, getting rid of Richardson means that instead of a race between two non-incumbents in 2010, the Republican candidate will face an incumbent Democrat in the person of Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, who already has a campaign war chest of more than a million dollars. Could be that the economy will tank so badly between now and then that our moronic electorate will be mad enough to demand “The Change We Need” and vote Republican.
Then again, Val Kilmer might make good on the hints he’s been dropping and throw his hat in the race. I believe he’s currently registered as an independent, but that could change before the filing date. Kilmer says that Governor Richardson told him that he (Kilmer) would make a good governor, but Richardson has no recollection (something that used to happen to Clinton Cabinet folks quite often) of having said so.
As I wrote in my above-linked post, Americans these days like to elect The Cool Guy:
Reagan, Clinton, and Jack Kennedy were the cool guys. So is Barack Obama, which is why he was able to pluck the nomination from Hillary’s grasp after all the pundits had declared it to be hers before the race had even started. Unfortunately, we Republicans don’t have a cool guy on our ticket. Those of us with firm principles will vote for McCain anyway, even if he wasn’t our choice in the primary (he wasn’t mine, but none of the others were all that inspiring either), because he shares more of our core political values than the cool guy does. Back in high school, when all the sheep voted for the cool guy for student body president, it didn’t really matter. But we’re not in high school anymore, and now it really does matter. Unfortunately, all too many Americans have never matured past their stupid, shallow, high school mentality, and are choosing the person who will lead the most powerful nation in the world the same way they chose a homecoming king when they were 17.
And celebrities, of course, are the Coolest Guys of All. My former home state elected a bodybuilder turned movie star governor, and it’s equally possible my current home state will elect this guy as ours. If they do, will Danny Cabeza de Calabazo change the name of his blog from Fat Bill and Me (I’m not kidding; go ahead — follow the link) to Fat Val and Me? That photo of Kilmer, by the way, though it’s been posted quite a bit online, isn’t, I think, a representative one. I was in line behind Kilmer at a store in Los Angeles earlier this year, around the same time that picture was circulating, and he looked very slim and fit at the time.
But to an electorate that acts like it’s picking a prom king, who cares about gravitas? All he’s got to be is cool.