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Voter anger or voter impatience?

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By Hal Rhodes

The conventional wisdom has it that we, the American people, are angry, frustrated, fed up and that we aren’t going to take it anymore.

“Down with the rascals!”

“Off with their heads!”

“Out with the bums!”

Who knows? Once in a while the conventional wisdom turns out to be on target.

Certainly, there’s evidence that Campaign 2010, here and elsewhere around the country, has the potential to become one of the nastiest in memory. The very thought of it makes the flesh crawl, especially when you reflect upon some of the campaigns of distortion, lies and negative ads to which we have been subjected in recent years.

 This reporter has been on the political beat a good while and is appalled by the things candidates and their hired guns say about one another. Civility finds itself no match for such nastiness.

During New Mexico’s recent primary campaign for the 2010 Republican gubernatorial nomination, the front runners, former state GOP Chair Allen Weh and Doña Ana County District Attorney Susana Martinez, were down and dirty in their assaults on each other.


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