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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Susana Martinez Has a Great Future Behind Her

James Hohmann reports at The Washington Post Susana Martinez -- the female Hispanic governor of a swing state -- would theoretically be a natural for the GOP ticket.  But...
In practice, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association has become a punch line among some GOP elites in D.C. She’s gotten a reputation within corners of the consultant class as Palinesque: gaffe-prone, not intellectually curious, and not up for the rigors of a national campaign.

Making it in Santa Fe is not the same as making it in Washington. New Mexico’s population is, after all, just 2.1 million.

— The latest setback for any future aspirations Martinez might have came yesterday when the tape of a police officer’s belt recorder was released publicly. The governor sounds intoxicated as she speaks with the cop about a noise complaint in her hotel room and a report that bottles had been thrown from the balcony.
In any case, if the GOP nominee is Cruz or Rubio, the notion of ticket-balancing makes it unlikely that he would  pick an Hispanic running mate.