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He’s Officially Lost It

It’s official, Joe Monahan has lost it. Once upon a time, Mr. Monahan was the must read of New Mexico political blogs – of course, it didn’t hurt that he was the only NM political blog. However, as the blogosphere has continued to grow at an unprecedented pace, so has the number of NM blogs covering politics.

There are blogs on the left, blogs on the right, blogs written by real reporters and blogs which really report. Blogs that editorialize and blogs that criticize.

However, there is only one blog that has failed time and time again in recent months to analyze politics in a meaningful and coherent manner – New Mexico Politics with Joe Monahan. Now, don’t get me wrong, Mr. Monahan is still a good source for insider political gossip. But, internet gossip, like all gossip, must be taken with a grain of salt. And, therein lies the problem.

You see, Mr. Monahan takes this gossip as gospel truth. Then, as if that wasn’t bad enough, he proceeds to dissect the gossip and arrive at political conclusions that he presents as in-depth analysis. Think about that. It’s the equivalent of a NASA scientist reading the National Enquirer to determine the future of space travel.

But hey, don’t take my word for it. Just take a look at this gem from yesterday morning:

What does the political future of southern NM GOP Congressman Steve Pearce have to do with Sunday’s re-election of Bernalillo county GOP chairman Fernando C de Baca? Quite a bit say my Republican Alligators. They, and I, wondered why Senator Domenici and Congresswoman Wilson were so public in their opposition to the re-election of C de Baca when the county GOP central committee re-elected him.

Whoa, hold the presses. Did I miss something? Senator Domenici and Congresswoman Wilson “were so public in their opposition” to Chairman C’deBaca? Well, that’s kind of a strange thing to say. I know Mr. C’deBaca’s opponent from this last election pretty well. In fact, I know him so well, it’s like we’re the same person. Oh wait, we we are the same person.

So, without any alligators needed, I can tell you that neither the Senator or the Congresswoman came out in opposition to Fernando C’deBaca. It would have been great for me if they had opposed the Chairman, because let’s face it, I’d now be Chairman. But, that’s not the way it works, and more importantly, that’s not the way it worked.

But get this, this is even more bizarre. Somehow, Mr. Monahan has turned this into a power struggle between Congresswoman Heather Wilson and Congressman Steve Pearce. Folks, there were only 210 votes cast (of the 219 present) in this past election for Bernalillo County Chairman. Only 210 votes cast even though there were 247 potential delegates to the Bernalillo County Central Committee (including ex-officio).

So, let me ask you, what do you think? Before you answer, I realize you may not feel qualified to provide in -depth political analysis. After all, you don’t have Mr. Monahan’s years of experience in the trenches of “La Politica” with the “alligators.” But, I’m going to take a chance here and ask you anyway.

If this was a battle between our two Republican congressional representatives for control of Bernalillo County, don’t you think every seat in the place would have been taken? Don’t you think there would have been an overflow crowd with people fighting for every available open slot as opposed to most people who bothered showing up in a ward getting automatically elected to the county central committee? Isn’t just a little strange that in this “epic battle” depicted by Mr. Monahan more than 10% of the seats remained empty.

C’mon folks look at the numbers. Pearce and Wilson have machines that between them turn out hundreds of thousands of votes every election cycle. If they were in some sort of competition, we would have seen the streets filled with volunteers vying for an opportunity to cast their vote in favor of their favorite candidate.

No, the truth is just not as entertaining as Mr. Monahan has portrayed. The truth is two candidates were involved in a campaign for county chairman. The candidate with a forty year history of political involvement in New Mexico, Chairman C’deBaca, was able to turn out more votes than the candidate with six and a half years of involvement, yours truly. So, Mr. C’deBaca won.

I know it’s not titillating reading, but it’s the truth, which brings us back full circle. Mr. Monahan has lost it. He’s moved from the alligator swamp to the padded room. Either that, or he’s got a reason to try and create a rift in the Republican Party where none exists. Go ahead, you decide.