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Richardson not usual lame duck

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By Jeffry Gardner

Legacy. Hank Thoreau wrote that most of us “lead lives of quiet desperation.”  Another writer, William Faulkner, I believe, said that some of us are driven to leave a mark on history.  A “scratch on anonymity,” is how he phrased it, I think.

Which leads us to Gov. Bill Richardson. To say he’s long been concerned with how New Mexico history will treat his tenure is akin to saying bears use the woods for respites. His initial term was dedicated to padding his resume for a run for the White House. Simply running for president should tell us all we need to know about Richardson (or anyone else who sets his or her sights on that office in this day and age).

So New Mexicans became proud hosts of the New Mexico Bowl – the football game that kicks off college’s post season. Of course, a nationally televised football game, though probably more than Barack Obama ever accomplished as an Illinois legislator or a U.S. Senator, is hardly enough bona fides to crown a man president.

We got a $450 million train and a $150 million “spaceport” to boot. There were licenses and college benefits for illegal aliens as icing to his campaign cake.


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