Still, if you believe recent polls, New Mexico appears to be a safe bet to go into the Obama column in November. How can this be?
Oh it be. Obama’s strength in New Mexico is built on a couple of solid pillars. First, there has been a huge influx of white baby boomer progressives into New Mexico from places like California. Though these people are economically naive, they are politically active. They host neighborhood socials and go door-to-door looking for one-on-one situations where they can convince otherwise politically indifferent people to vote all Democrat.
The second pillar of Obama support in New Mexico is simply the voter rolls. Thanks to “tradition,” there are simply a lot more registered Democrats in this state than Republicans. And most times the gravity of traditional voting patterns is overwhelming. In conversations with most life long Democrats, one gets the impression they don’t even realize their votes are gradually producing economic catastrophe. They simply vote for Democrats because that is what they have always done. The Democratic Party gets the same treatment as a favorite football team. And in New Mexico, most Hispanic voters have also block voted for Democrats. Block voted that is, until Susana Martinez came along.