Wednesday, October 25, 2006

ABQ Journal Poll: 68% Find Richardson Honest

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, an Albuquerque Journal poll released today showed that 68% of likely voters feel that Bill Richardson is honest. What's also noteworthy about the poll (besides the 68%) is this:
Voters' perception of Richardson as honest crossed demographic, geographical, economic and political party lines, according to the poll.
Any guesses as to how George W. Bush or Congressional Republicans might stack up in a similar poll?

It's time for a change in leadership. Hopefully we'll see the start of this process on November 7 in Congress. And in 2008, if you want a man you can trust, look to Bill Richardson for President. America needs honesty and integrity in the White House, not business as usual.

New Mexico Loves Richardson and Richardson Loves New Mexico

There are those in New Mexico who believe that Governor Richardson has been running for President for a while. His opponent, John Dendahl, frequently harangues Governor Richardson for his travels around the nation. However, as chair of the Democratic Governors Association (a national leadership position within the Democratic Party), Governor Richardson has a responsibility to go out and campaign in support of Democratic governors and Democratic candidates.

However, according to Richardson's campaign
, his latest campaign finance report shows that he hasn't forgotten New Mexico, and New Mexicans haven't forgotten about him.
...more than 4,000 individuals from across the country joined 1,857 New Mexicans in giving to Governor Richardson's campaign. More than 92% of contributions came from individuals. Their grassroots support is helping elect strong Democrats throughout New Mexico.

"This is a critical year for Democrats in New Mexico. The Governor is investing his resources in support of Democratic candidates across the state," Cooper said. "The Governor is the largest financial and resource contributor to the New Mexico coordinated campaign, and his campaign is running the largest get-out-the-vote program in the history of the state, which will turn out Democrats in record numbers."
First of all, that's not the big-moneyed special interests that are bankrolling Richardson, that's average New Mexicans and citizens across the country. And second, Bill Richardson isn't using that money to run for President as John Dendahl would have people believe. He's using it to turn New Mexico blue and get rid of Bush cronies like Representative Heather Wilson.

Reasons Why Governor Richardson Can Win

Oliver Willis has a great post up on his blog, listing a bunch of great reasons why Governor Richardson should be the Democratic nominee and President. Of the reasons Oliver lists, #8 is one of my favorites:
8. From everything I've seen he speaks like a normal person, not with the usual Washington robot nonsense (aka "I proposed an amendment to the bill prior to it's submission to the subcommittee")
That's right. Bill Richardson is a refreshing change from the wonky, aloof, "limousine liberal" elitist types that we've put up in the past. Yeah, I liked Al Gore and John Kerry (briefly worked for him) and voted for both of them. But they couldn't connect to voters like Bill Richardson can. Big words may impress the folks at Harvard and Yale, but the rest of America likes a candidate who talks to them, not the one who talks down to them (or is perceived to be doing so). Voters respond to the candidate who looks and sounds like them. Bill Richardson is truly a man of the people, making you feel like you've known him your whole life when you meet him.

Why Obama Won't Beat Richardson in 2008

I couldn't have said it better myself. From Musing's Musings:
Because my second reason for not supporting an Obama presidential bid in 2008 is the senator's lack of both political and executive experience. It's been 15 years since Obama graduated from Harvard Law School. Seven of those years were spent in the Illinois state Senate, and two of those, so far, have been spent in the U.S. Senate. That's the sum total of Obama's experience with elective office and politics on any level, and it's nowhere near enough to win even the Democratic primary--not when there is at least one sitting Democratic governor (Bill Richardson) in the mix. Richardson is Hispanic, so he can also expect to get a great deal of support from minority voters. More importantly, Richardson has executive-level experience both as governor of New Mexico and also from his service as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, as chairman of the Western Governors' Association, and as Secretary of Energy in President Clinton's cabinet.

[...]

Right now, Obama's reputation largely rests on one speech, the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention (which was also chaired by Gov. Richardson, by the way). Don't get me wrong, senator, it was a great speech--and you've made a few others along the way, including the commencement address at my alma mater you gave two years ago. Rhetoric, on the other hand, is not the same thing--or even in the same league--as a record of accomplishment and executive-level experience. [emphasis mine]
Don't get me wrong, I like Senator Obama, and he might make a fine President, someday. But he's not ready for the big leagues yet. Bill Richardson is the only candidate with the experience necessary to deal with the epic problems of our times that the next President will inherit from George W. Bush.

Richardson on Real Time with Bill Maher

From last Friday night:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdTDR4IZSMQ

DGA Gives Culver Additional $150K

Chris Woods reports that just last week the Democratic Governors Association, chaired by Governor Richardson, donated an additional $150,000 to Iowa gubernatorial candidate Chet Culver, bringing the DGA total to $1.15 million.

Rasmussen polled this race at 42-42 earlier this month. Angus Reid polled it last Friday at 49-44 in favor of Culver. And the Iowa poll in the Des Moines Register last week had it 46-39 for Culver. It looks like this is going to be a tight race to the end, though it looks like it's leaning towards Culver.

If Chet Culver wins, he will not easily be able to dismiss the help that Bill Richardson gave him, and it's up to us in the blogosphere to help him remember who he's backing in the 2008 election, should Governor Richardson run.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

How Can You Take These Guys Seriously?

I'm talking about Evan Bayh, John Kerry, Chris Dodd and Joe Biden. And I'm asking how can you take them seriously as candidates for President in 2008. As Markos noted, they're all misers, and don't seem to care much how the Democratic party does in the midterm elections.

I don't care how much these guys have raised via campaign rallies and the like. At this point, with the only thing standing between us dramatically expanding the playing field is cash, these 2008 hopefuls need to pony up.

$100K from Bayh? Ridiculous and shameful. Insulting, in fact. Dodd has close to $2 million CoH in his Senate reelection kitty. Biden has $3.3 million. Who knows how much more they have stashed away in their leadership PACs.

They can hoard that cash. That's their prerogative. But we shouldn't forget when they ask us to sacrifice for their efforts in 2008. Anyone unwilling to give 'till it hurts to win back Congress and move America forward this year shouldn't get much respect when they ask us to help them out.

Bill Richardson, on the other hand, is not a miser. He's been traveling across the country stumping for Democratic governors and candidates for governor, handing out checks, and on top of all of that doing what he can to make sure that Patricia Madrid defeats GOP rubber-stamp Heather Wilson in NM-01. Governor Richardson also has an ActBlue page up to support Democrats in gubernatorial races across the country.

So if and when the disappointment of election day comes, just remember which Presidential contenders were out there working for the Democrats, and remember that in this country's time of need, Bill Richardson was leading and working hard for you.

Another Richardson TV Appearance

Check out Real Time with Bill Maher tomorrow night on HBO. Bill Maher's guest will be none other than Governor Bill Richardson. Check your local listings. Unfortunately, I don't have HBO so I'll miss it, but someone put up a post or a transcript or something.

Hat tip to Cara for informing us about the Guv's appearance.

Meet The Newest Member of the "For Richardson" Family

I'd like to welcome Michelle, from Colorado for Richardson, to our "for Richardson" family of blogs. You'll find the link over on the right.

From her inaugural post:
The presidency is not just an office - it's a trust. A collective trust of the hopes, dreams, and ideals of the people. When we elect a president, we want to elect a leader who we feel shares our collective hopes, dreams, and ideals. I support Gov. Richardson because I believe he can - and will!! - be one of the finest leaders our country has ever known. I believe he will carry, with honor and promise, the trust, dreams, hopes, and ideals of the American people. He is a man of honor, honesty, intelligence, wisdom, goodness, and integrity - and he will give the people of this great nation the noble, courageous leadership we deserve. The sun is rising on a new day for America - a new day of promise and spirit and hope - a day in which we can truly have trust and confidence in our president to act on our behalf and to have the best interest of this nation and its people at the forefront each and every day. America deserves such a president. You deserve such a president. Now is the time when we must stand up and support a man who will be such a president - Bill Richardson! Please join with me in a campaign to bring honor, honesty, intelligence, wisdom, integrity, and hope to the White House - and to each new day in America! Please join me in supporting the candidacy of Bill Richardson for President of the United States!
Well said Michelle! We look forward to your posts and tallying Colorado among the states that are for Richardson come election night in November 2008. Welcome to the family.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Richardson Cuts Taxes for New Mexicans

There's one guy that the Republicans can't label a "tax and spend liberal". Today, Governor Richardson outlined a $69 million plan to cut taxes for New Mexicans. Here is the plan the Governor outlined today, courtesy of The Plaza:

WORKING FAMILIES
1. Working Families Tax Credit - the centerpiece of the Governor's tax-cut package, which is modeled after the federal Earned Income Tax Credit. This tax credit will reward work, and help working families--who earn between $11,000 and $36,000. As many as 139,000 taxpayers will benefit by an average of $180 per return.

2. Extend Personal Income Tax Cuts - affecting 370,000 tax returns, or about 720,000 people. This increases eligibility of the $2,500 per person exemption so individuals earning up to $40,000 and married taxpayers earning up to $60,000 can qualify.

MILITARY AND MILITARY RETIREES
3. Tax Cuts for active-duty military - exempting military pay from state income taxes, which means an average of $1,340 in tax benefit to 7,000 New Mexicans.

4. Tax Relief for Military Retirees - allowing a 50 percent deduction of their earned income up to $50,000 for purposes of the income tax. As many as 12,000 taxpayers would qualify for this relief. We want to attract second-career military retirees to New Mexico.

BUSINESS-ECONOMY
5. Reduce Tax Pyramiding - by cutting a portion of taxes paid on services purchased by small New Mexico businesses.

6. Gross Receipts Tax Deduction for Hospitals - Most of the hospitals affected operate in small, rural areas and on the front lines when it comes to caring for those most in need. This tax cut will allow more money that can be invested in local jobs, technology and direct patient care.

7. Gross Receipts Tax Relief for Mutual Funds - an incentive for investment management firms to bring well-paying financial services jobs to New Mexico.

8. Angel Investment Credit - an incentive for New Mexicans who invest in high-tech, start-up companies.

What a lot of people outside of New Mexico don't know, is that since he became Governor, Bill Richardson has cut taxes and made strategic, targeted investments that have strengthened and improved New Mexico's economy on a Clintonian scale.

In 2008, what would you rather have: more tax cuts for the richest 1% of Americans, or Bill Richardson cutting your taxes, investing in the common good, and bringing the vision and prosperity of the American dream back as reality for all Americans?

Bill Richardson: Restoring the Dream in 2008.

Look at the Land of Enchantment

Or so says upnorth of the blog, Nevada Up North. It seems with Mark Warner's exit from the presidential race in 2008, many more are looking to Bill Richardson. It's not that Governor Richardson wasn't already an excellent candidate. They just didn't know it until now.
Bill on the other hand is tremendously popular in a "red-state," is moderate much like Warner was and has the experience and connections to become the front-runner as far as candidates from Governors.

[...]

Now that the man from the Commonwealth of Virginia is out of the picture, eyes should start to look toward the Land of Enchantment.
It's important that this Nevada blogger is lining up behind Bill Richardson. With its new important status, going early on in the primary season (between Iowa and New Hampshire), and with its growing Latino population, labor union force, its location in the West and with it being a swing state, Nevada is Bill Richardson's for the taking.

It's great to see the early support for Governor Richardson in Nevada, and I'd love to see a Nevada for Richardson blog go live and join the "for Richardson" family of blogs.

Open House

For those of you in New Mexico who read this blog, here is an event for you. From Democracy for New Mexico:

Governor Bill Richardson Invites You To An Open House On
Monday, October 23,2006, 4-6:00 PM
at the Richardson for Governor Headquarters
111 Lomas NW, Suite 120, Albuquerque

It's a great chance to meet Governor Richardson and find out what you can do to help him get re-elected and help out Democrats in New Mexico.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Jon Tester Likes Governor Richardson Too

With former Virginia Governor Mark Warner dropping out of the 2008 presidential race, Jon Tester, U.S. Senate candidate and soon to be Senator from Montana was asked who he likes for President in 2008. It's almost like when Reese's put chocolate and peanut butter together. Two great things go together (Tester and Richardson). And here was Jon Tester's response:
Tester, speaking to The Associated Press in a wide-ranging interview Thursday, said he was disappointed to hear centrist and former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner dropped out as a potential party candidate in 2008. Tester said he would like to see someone like New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson get the nod.

‘‘That’s a tough question; I don’t know them personally,’’ Tester said of who among the potential candidates he would support. ‘‘I like Richardson down in New Mexico. Other than that I really can’t say.’’
In addition to Tester, I've posted about a Virginian who was for Warner and is now in the Richardson camp, and also received a comment from another Virginian who believes Richardson is the best candidate. This is all further evidence Bill Richardson is the one candidate who benefits most from Mark Warner dropping out of the race.

For the purposes of full disclosure: I've been blogging a lot about Jon Tester over at The View From the Left and at Western Democrat, for over a year now, and I've met Jon twice at fundraising events and have donated to his campaign. Though I'm not an official campaign operative, I am a big supporter of Jon Tester.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Richardson Gains Support from Warner Fan

On her blog today, Nicole M. Sikora posted about former Virginia governor Mark Warner's decision not to run for President (she was supporting him), and noted that she is switching her allegiance to another candidate.
Also, if true, I will be turning my attentions to New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson for the job. He's a man with similar values and potential.
I've emailed Nicole and expressed my hope that she'd join and participate in one of our "for Richardson" online communities. So, from Washington for Richardson, welcome to our team Nicole.

And as I expected, Governor Richardson appears to now be picking up support from those formerly supporting Governor Warner. As Nicole said, he's a man with similar values and potential.

More from the Blogosphere

Here's more on Governor Richardson's chances now that Mark Warner is out of the race, courtesy of the Bill Richardson Blog:
However, it’s hard not to see that this creates opportunities for our own favorite red-state consensus-building widely-loved Guv. After Warner, there will be a lot of people asking “well, who, then?” Look at the things that made Warner appealing: he was popular in a state that had voted for Bush. He had helped Tim Kaine get elected. He was from a region of the country that isn’t the Northeast. He had executive experience (both as governor and in business). Does this remind you of anyone you know?
That someone is Bill Richardson.

Interesting Comment Supporting Richardson

This comment showed up in the thread on my Daily Kos post from earlier this morning, and it shows that Governor Richardson is gaining support outside of New Mexico:

I heard, but don't tell anyone...

but the big Democrat guns have already picked Richardson in Illinois.
Don't sue me if it doesn't happen, it is just something I have heard at a few Demorcratic Party events.
However, in the end, it will be up to the voters on the day of the primaries--not a bunch of Dem committeefolk.

They don't want Hillary who was born/raised in IL (in my old neighborhood, as a matter of fact.) They think she is too devisive and like Richardson for reasons all mentioned here.

Knock on doors!Get out the vote!

by vassmer on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 10:21:06 AM PDT


Another Take

Emmett O'Connell, founder of America for Richardson, has a couple of posts up today at DailyKos (please recommend) and MyDD (it's already a recommended diary) about what it means for Governor Richardson now that Mark Warner is out of the race.

Bill Richardson in 2008

With Mark Warner, who many picked as their favorite candidate, deciding not to run for President, the race for the Democratic nomination in 2008 begins. And Governor Bill Richardson is positioned to make a strong run.

As I posted back in January, when I wrote "The Case for Bill Richardson":
I’m not going to dwell on it, but another advantage Richardson has is that he is a Governor and not a United States Senator. You can argue until you’re blue in the face, but reality is that in the last 30 years the only 2 Democrats who were elected President were governors. I’m not judging right or wrong, only presenting fact. Senators have extensive voting records that can be picked apart by the best opposition research teams that money can buy. Governors have executive experience that Senators don’t, and though they do create policy, they don’t vote yes or no on the legislation of the day. Granted, Richardson served as Congressman of New Mexico’s 3rd District for 15 years, but that was at least a decade ago, and many of his opponents are current U.S. Senators voting on the current issues that face our nation.
You can't argue with the track record that current/former Democratic U.S. Senators have had in Presidential contests. John Kerry, Al Gore, John Edwards, and Joe Biden have all lost before, either in the primaries or in the general election. In fact, it's been since 1964 when Lyndon Johnson was re-elected that a Democratic United States Senator won the Presidency. Hillary Clinton hasn't yet run for President, but she is such a polarizing figure that despite her huge war chest, she'll have a hard time winning the general election if she's the nominee. And though Russ Feingold is a favorite among the netroots, he's still a United States Senator and has a lot of work to do to get name recognition. Only Evan Bayh is a former governor, and he's a U.S. Senator too. Based on history, that leaves Bill Richardson as the only viable candidate.

Another reason Governor Richardson is a strong candidate for the Presidency , is that as chair of the DGA he has been spending his time this campaign season traveling across the country doing the hard work necessary to return the majority of governorships to the Democrats. There 2 reasons why this work is necessary and important.

First, it helps return organizational and structural control of the states to the Democrats. This is important if you look at past Presidential elections. Look to Secretary of State Katherine Harris and Governor Jeb Bush in Florida in 2000, and Secretary of State Ken Blackwell and Governor Bob Taft in Ohio in 2004, to understand why organizational and structural control is so important.

Second, as Governor Richardson stumps for all of these candidates and raises money for them through the DGA, he's building up good will for his Presidential run. It is very difficult to forget the man who works hard and gives you the financial resource to get you elected to office. And without any organization in the states, it's difficult for any Presidential candidate's campaign to get off the ground.

2000 was the last time New Mexico voted for a Democratic nominee for President was 2000, though Al Gore won the state by a slim margin. In 2004, New Mexico sided with George W. Bush. It's a swing state. Last week I posted about the latest ABQ Journal poll which had Governor Richardson at 60% for his re-election. At the time, I noted that the interesting thing in the poll was that 35% of the Republicans polled said they'd be supporting Richardson for re-election.

Think about that. In a swing state, a Democratic Governor is looking to pick up 35% of the GOP vote. Now, granted that Richardson's opponent John Dendahl is a right-wing nutjob, but 35% is a large number. With that kind of appeal, it is not difficult to see that Richardson can and will appeal to independents and moderate Republicans in a national, Presidential election. He may not get 35%, but he'll definitely make an impact.

And last but not least, Bill Richardson has a resume that no other candidate has: Congressman, U.N. Ambassador, Secretary of Energy, Governor, he's the whole package. Other than former President Carter, he's the only one to have successfully negotiated with North Korea. He's got extensive foreign policy experience (something so desperately needed by our country right now), having successfully negotiated with the governments of Cuba, Iraq, North Korea and Sudan.

There's a clear choice in 2008, and that choice is Bill Richardson.

Breaking News: Warner Not Running For President

Former Virginia Governor Mark Warner, announced just a few minutes ago that he is not running for President in 2008.

Late last year, I said to Lisa and my girls, “Let’s go down this path and make a decision around Election Day.”

But there were hiring decisions and people who’ve put their lives on hold waiting to join this effort.

So about a month ago, I told my family and people who know me best that I would make a final decision after Columbus Day weekend, which I was spending with my family. After 67 trips to 28 states and five foreign countries, I have made that decision.

I have decided not to run for President.

This past weekend, my family and I went to Connecticut to celebrate my Dad’s 81st birthday, and then we took my oldest daughter Madison to start looking at colleges.

I know these moments are never going to come again. This weekend made clear what I’d been thinking about for many weeks—that while politically this appears to be the right time for me to take the plunge—at this point, I want to have a real life.

A respectable decision by a respectable man. However, this leaves Governor Bill Richardson as the only potential candidate who is a Governor (from a state that has gone red the past couple of Presidential elections) left in the race. Stay tuned for more.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Taking Back the States

As I was reading John Nichols' article, "Repainting Statehouses Blue" in this week's issue of The Nation, the following paragraph stuck out in my mind:
Governors are not merely potential presidential contenders, however. They also have a hand in determining how federal electoral contests turn out. Control of statehouses gives a party organizational and structural advantages in everything from the drawing of district lines for Congressional seats to presidential politics, as was illustrated to the dismay of Democrats by Florida Governor Jeb Bush in 2000 and Ohio Governor Bob Taft in 2004. That's one of the reasons Democrats have been frustrated by their relatively weak position in the states in recent years.
The greater our Democratic majority in state legislatures and the more Gubernatorial seats we pick up, the greater the opportunity for Democrats to gain organizational and structural control of our democracy.

That's why the work that Democratic Governors Association Chairman, Governor Bill Richardson, is doing is so important. This year, Governor Richardson has been traveling far and wide across our country, stumping for Democratic candidates for governor and incumbent Democratic governors. These steps are necessary to ensure that the next Democratic nominee for President of the United States has the infrastructure in place to not only make a run, but to win the Presidency.

That's why it's so important that you go to Governor Richardson's ActBlue page and donate to one or more of the Democratic gubernatorial candidates. The future is at stake.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Governor Richardson to the Rescue, Again

Cross-posted at Daily Kos.

Someone check to see if he's a Governor by day and a superhero by night...

Whether a failed test or not, now that North Korea has appeared to have detonated a nuclear bomb, let's see how long it takes the Bush Administration to "cut and run" (to use the current Republican vernacular) from its "stay the course" (see previous parenthetical comment) policy of outsourcing American foreign policy responsibilities to China.

Once again, Governor Richardson is prepared to be the adult in the room and has offered his diplomatic services to his country. And unlike George W. Bush who skipped out on his National Guard service, Bill Richardson has answered the call every time his country has needed him.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson says, as a former U.N. ambassador, he's willing to talk with North Korea on its nuclear program.

[...]

"I would do it, but only if the (Bush) administration asks," Richardson, a Democrat, told the newspaper in a telephone interview. "What makes more sense right now is someone directly connected to the administration going. That would be more useful."

In an ironic twist of fate, embattled Rep. Heather Wilson agreed that Governor Richardson should be a part of any delegation to have discussions with North Korea. After all, Wilson can't argue with Richardson's record of success in foreign relations. And as I've pointed out before, there are only two men (both Democrats) who have successfully negotiated with the North Korean government: former President Jimmy Carter and Governor Bill Richardson.

Memo to George W. Bush: Bill Richardson is the best hope to help clean up the mess you've created in your negligence to engage with North Korea.

Richardson on Hardball

Governor Richardson was on Hardball with Chris Matthews yesterday, discussing issues like North Korea, Iraq and the race for the White House in 2008. From the National Journal's Hotline On Call:

MSNBC's Matthews: "Why do you think we went to Iraq? The real reason, not the sales pitch. Why do you think we went there?"

Richardson: "I believe the president wanted to avenge his father, who I think conducted a very sound foreign policy in Iraq, and the fact that it wasn't terminated, the war, that we didn't finish the job."

Matthews: "Well, do you think the impulse was Oedipal or filial?"

Richardson: "Those are words that I don't understand."

You see, Governor Richardson is a smart man. Whether he knows the meaning of the words Oedipal or filial, I don't know. But, in a shrewd political maneuver, what he did was set himself up as the regular guy, and not the know-it-all Matthews who comes across as one of those Beltway elitists much like John Kerry or the Al Gore of old. Why use big, fancy words that only a small percentage of the people know and use, when speaking simply will suffice? That's a lesson Brian Schweitzer has been preaching.

And what of Governor Richardson's intentions for 2008?

On WH '08: "I haven't decided yet. I got to get through my re-election in New Mexico. I've got to elect a bunch of Democratic governors. By the way, we're going to get a majority. There are 22 of us. I bet you we get to 26 governorships. That's the unknown story there"

I think the focus for right now is to get Richardson as high above 60% in his re-election bid as possible, and to get as many Democratic Governors elected as possible. As we've discussed on this blog, he's already got the most extensive resume of any potential candidate. But if he cna get a majority of Democratic governors elected, who do you think they're going to support come 2008: the man who spent time in their state and helped them get elected, or some guy who flies in once a month to raise money?

That's another shrewd political decision by the man we hope will be the next President of the United States. And Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, seems to agree:

That's a great position for a potential presidential candidate. You're able to make a lot of people in your party happy. You show up for big events with checks,'' says Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics.

He's building up chits and these candidates will always remember the people who helped them out when they needed it the most. If these Democratic nominees for governor get elected, they're going to have a ready-made army to deploy for the new governor's favorite presidential candidate.''

One thing's for sure: there are at least two of us in Washington who are ready to deploy in the Richardson army, and I bet we can find a few more.

Tip of the hat to Citizen Steve for pointing us to Hotline On Call.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Border Fence Not the Way to go According to Richardson

Yesterday, President Bush signed a homeland security bill which included $1.2 billion for a fence along the border with Mexico, which Republicans think will slow illegal immigration and improve border security. From the ABQ Journal, here's what Governor Richardson thinks about the project:
Gov. Bill Richardson says a plan to build 700 miles of fencing along the nation's southwest border is impractical, too expensive and sends the "wrong message" to Mexico.

"We need a comprehensive solution on the border. One that includes real border security provided by more Border Patrol agents as well as a sensible guest worker program for those already here," Richardson said in a written response to a Journal question this week.

[...]

"It's too expensive and I don't believe it is going to work," Richardson said. "It will be difficult if not impractical to build because this is very mountainous, rough terrain in many areas. And once built, it will simply funnel illegal immigrants into other areas. It also sends the wrong message to our neighbor and strong trading partner to the South."
Didn't George W. Bush see what happened with the Berlin Wall at the end of the 1980's? You can't hold people back who want freedom and a better life for their families. Governor Richardson hits the mark with his assessment of the border fence. It's a 2,000 mile border and a 700 mile fence will force the immigration problem into the areas where the fence isn't. On top of that, I doubt every mile of fence is going to be patrolled, so there will be places where the fence is defaced and damaged and allow Mexicans into our country. Ultimately, the fence is a waste of money and a poor foreign relations move.

Governor Richardson has consistently believed in a humane and reasonable guest worker program. I, too, believe this is the only way to go. If you treat people reasonably and with respect, they'll do the same for you. Governor Richardson has a proven track record of working with some of the world's worst despots to achieve results that all could live with, so he knows a little something about the issue. But if you treat people like criminals, then criminals is what you'll get. The United States of America has never been a prison, and if we start building fences to keep people out and let xenophobia take over, then the shining city on the hill is little bit dimmer. And it's been dim enough these past 6 years.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

New Addition to the "For Richardson" family



I'd like to welcome the newest Democrat and Bill Richardson fan (though she can't vote yet), my daughter to the family. Born on October 2, 2006 at 4:39pm, Keira weighed in at 7 lbs. 15 ounces and was 20 inches long. We're all happy to be home.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Richardson Expands His Base

The Plaza has a post up this morning, recounting the latest ABQ Journal poll, which has Governor Richardson at 60%. But here's the big news:
In fact, a full 35% of of Republicans favor re-electing Governor Richardson, another sign of the broad base of support he enjoys throughout the state.
35% of Republicans want to re-elect Richardson? Translate that to a national election and Richardson wins the Presidency. Now I know those numbers aren't likely to translate (at least not on that level), but my point is that if Bill Richardson can win over Republicans in his own state, he can definitely do it on a national scale.

You think Hillary is going to win over Republicans? Not likely. You think John Kerry will make some friends among GOP voters? Yeah, right. There are only 2 candidates I can think of who might appeal to some GOP voters: John Edwards and Mark Warner, and neither of them have the experience to lead that Richardson does. Bill Richardson is the only prospective candidate for 2008 who has the experience to lead our country and who can appeal to voters of all stripes.