NM Dem gubernatorial candidate wants to send Martinez “back to wherever she really came from”

posted at 10:01 am on May 30, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

It’s time to play What if a Republican had said this? Imagine a Tea Party candidate had said “We need to send her back to where she really came from” about Reps. Loretta or Linda Sanchez (D-CA), for two examples, to cheers from the crowd.  Would that not get used as an argument that the entire Tea Party movement and everyone in it was raaaaaacist? That wouldn’t be called a “dog whistle” — it’d be called a “dog siren.”

Let’s see if the same standard will get applied to Alan Webber and his Democratic supporters in New Mexico. The Weekly Standard’s Daniel Halper has video of Webber insisting that Democrats had to throw Susana Martinez out of office. “We need to send her back to wherever she really came from,” Webber says to applause, adding, “I suspect it’s Texas.”

Obviously, Webber is not the brightest bulb on the New Mexico Democratic Christmas tree. Martinez was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, which anyone with a computer and passing knowledge of research can discover on their own. She went to college in Oklahoma and moved with her husband to New Mexico in the 1980s, more than thirty years ago, and served as Doña Ana County DA before becoming governor four years ago. And all of that is a complete non-sequitur anyway, because no state has an in-state birth requirement for political office anyway. Webber’s not appealing to New Mexico culture with this statement, obviously.

Besides, if Webber is arguing that Martinez is out of the New Mexico mainstream, he may be suffering from projection as well as incompetence. Halper links to a Washington Free Beacon report on Webber’s fringe politics:

Webber has raised the most money of Democratic candidates vying to challenge Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, and is competing against four other Democrats, including Lawrence Rael, who exaggerated his resume on his campaign website. The primary will be held on June 3.

Mark Rudd, a leader and founder of the domestic terrorist group the Weather Underground, which has advocated for the violent overthrow of the United States and committed multiple bombings of public buildings in the late 1960s and early 1970s, endorsed Webber in April. Rudd’s wife Marla Painter hosted a campaign event for the Democrat that month.

Martinez is cruising in most polls toward re-election, and leads Webber by 16. Webber is only six points back in a five-way race for the Democratic nomination, with the primary set for Tuesday. We’ll see if New Mexico Democrats have the same resentment toward, er, Texans as Webber does.

Update: Say, where was Alan Webber born, anyway? Er … St. Louis, Missouri. According to his bio, he then attended college in Oregon, and then to Harvard for at least six years managing the Harvard Business Review, after a brief sojourn in Washington helping out with the Carter administration’s bailout of Chrysler. He ended the 1980s by working on the Michael Dukakis campaign.

So let me emphasize again — Webber clearly isn’t appealing to New Mexico culture in this statement.

Update: Martinez was Doña Ana County DA, not AG. I’ve corrected it above; thanks to TtoEtoC on Twitter.

Update: Our soon-to-be colleague Noah Rothman disagrees:

And if you stopped there, or read only the headline on The Weekly Standard‘s post which blared just that offending quote without context, you could be forgiven for thinking that Webber should be drummed out of polite society.

But Webber did not stop there. He did not even pause to take a breath before he clarified, “I suspect it’s Texas.”

“And that would be good for Texas,” he continued, “and that would be good for New Mexico.”

One could spin Webber’s remark into something racially insensitive, but that would be misleading. … The outrage is misdirected. The full context of his comment suggests that Webber was making a comment about Martinez’s political leanings and not her ethnic heritage.

Well, she does come from Texas by way of Oklahoma, and Webber comes from Missouri by way of Oregon, Harvard, the Carter administration, and the Dukakis campaign. I don’t think “where she really came from” even with the addendum about Texas is a comment on her ideology, but her origins — and given his own travels, it makes even less sense as an attack on carpetbagging.

By the way, which path is farther from New Mexico’s mainstream? From Texas via Oklahoma, two neighboring states, or Missouri by way of Oregon, Washington, and Massachusetts?


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Dems get to have all the racist fun.

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 10:01 AM

And Weber was born and raised in Missouri. Forget the race angle. The hypocrisy angle is juicier since he is implying Martinez is a carpetbagger.

NotCoach on May 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM

NotCoach on May 30, 2014 at 10:02 AM

The hypocrisy angle is juicier since he is implying Martinez is a carpetbagger.

NotCoach on May 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM

LOL.

Um, no.

His comments are full blown racist.

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Aaah!!!

The whiteness in that room Is blinding me!!

Ben Hur on May 30, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Wasn’t the same thing said about Nikki Haley a few months ago? What do she and Martinez have in common? Both are female, minority Republican governors. But I’m sure this is just a fantastic coincidence, right?

Doughboy on May 30, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Fair enough, if we get to send Barack HUSSEIN Obama back to Kenya or Indonesia.

ConstantineXI on May 30, 2014 at 10:05 AM

What a tool.

changer1701 on May 30, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Meanwhile, illegal immigrants are literally pouring across the border. Let’s face it….we’re being invaded. The only thing that keeps this from being an armed invasion is that AG Holder didn’t ask them to bring “Fast and Furious” weapons back into the USA.

olesparkie on May 30, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Don’t forget Webber’s call for empathy for a child molester.

The guy is a perfect fit for the leftie political machine.

Bishop on May 30, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Martinez was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, which anyone with a computer and passing knowledge of research can discover on their own. She went to college in Oklahoma and moved with her husband to New Mexico in the 1980s, more than thirty years ago, and served as Attorney General before becoming governor four years ago.

District Attorney for one of the state’s judicial districts, in point of fact.

Of course, I hope that her resume will also include “2016 GOP nominee,” as well. She’d do vastly better than the no-hopers currently in the hopper.

KingGold on May 30, 2014 at 10:09 AM

LOL.

Um, no.

His comments are full blown racist.

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Only if I accept the left’s definition of what constitutes racism. I agree that if a white Republican said this it would get wall to wall coverage as a racist remark, but that doesn’t make them right.

Martinez can use this to her advantage without using race. Weber is a lifelong elitist that lived everywhere but New Mexico. A man who lived and worked in D.C. under Carter, and worked for Dukakis. Who needs to really go back to where they came from here?

NotCoach on May 30, 2014 at 10:09 AM

The crowd reaction when he says it:

“Ummm…tee hee hee. Wait, is it okay to laugh?”

Bishop on May 30, 2014 at 10:09 AM

He’s playing the race card now because he wants to save the misogyny card for the general election….

jon1979 on May 30, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Only if I accept the left’s definition of what constitutes racism. I agree that if a white Republican said this it would get wall to wall coverage as a racist remark, but that doesn’t make them right.

Martinez can use this to her advantage without using race. Weber is a lifelong elitist that lived everywhere but New Mexico. A man who lived and worked in D.C. under Carter, and worked for Dukakis. Who needs to really go back to where they came from here?

NotCoach on May 30, 2014 at 10:09 AM

It doesn’t make sense that he’s accusing her of being a carpet bagger. The only thing that makes sense is that it’s racist.

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 10:11 AM

There’s WAY too many Dumb Democrats in this state.

they’ll just excuse this like anything else a Dem says.

Double standards know no bounds these days.

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on May 30, 2014 at 10:12 AM

DimocRat racists being racist. I’m sure if he’s ever called on it, he’ll find a way to blame it on the Tea Party.

Meople on May 30, 2014 at 10:12 AM

lol

libs have really felt comfortable enough to ‘let their hair down’ lately, so to speak.

Midas on May 30, 2014 at 10:13 AM

I wish we here in AZ had sent Janet Napolitano back to where she came from (New Mexico), instead of making her governor.

AZCoyote on May 30, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Future Webber excuse – “I’m just saying what a GOP candidate would most likely say about her if they were running against her. No racism here”.

- MSM forgives and files away.

StubbornGreenBurros on May 30, 2014 at 10:14 AM

There’s WAY too many Dumb Democrats in this state.

they’ll just excuse this like anything else a Dem says.

Double standards know no bounds these days.

-Wasteland Man.

WastelandMan on May 30, 2014 at 10:12 AM

I think part of what’s changed is that the notion that ‘double-standards’ and ‘hypocrisy’ were things that were ‘bad’ is now an outdated notion.

As I’ve argued elsewhere, this is why trying to ‘shame’ liberals for this kind of thing simply doesn’t work the way we think it will or should. They simply don’t think the way they ‘should’ any longer. They don’t care.

Double-standard? So what? Rules aren’t for them, they’re for us.

Midas on May 30, 2014 at 10:16 AM

“because no state has an in-state birth requirement for political office anyway.”

Have you been to Texas lately? We were barely nice enough to let Cruz in.

Tater Salad on May 30, 2014 at 10:16 AM

It doesn’t make sense that he’s accusing her of being a carpet bagger. The only thing that makes sense is that it’s racist.

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 10:11 AM

I disagree, but regardless Martinez can still take the high road here while burying him with his own words.

NotCoach on May 30, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Crickets chirping

cmsinaz on May 30, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Knowing this woman, and her way of Governing, I think she’ll
have a pretty good come back on this.

Hell, she might even call him an AZZHOLE right to his face.

ToddPA on May 30, 2014 at 10:22 AM

One of the last things I did before leaving NM almost four years ago was vote for Susana Martinez. I’ve never regretted either choice.

mchristian on May 30, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Obviously, Webber is not the brightest bulb on the New Mexico Democratic Christmas tree.

That’s Holiday Bush, Ed. They chucked Jesus from the convention, remember?

Dusty on May 30, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Wasn’t the same thing said about Nikki Haley a few months ago? What do she and Martinez have in common? Both are female, minority Republican governors. But I’m sure this is just a fantastic coincidence, right?

Doughboy on May 30, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Ah, that’s who it was. It came to mind but I thought it was Martinez, so thought this was a recycled story from 1 or 2 years ago. So Dems are 2 for 2 on who’s saying such stuff. Let’s all cluck our tongues and nod our heads knowingly at the Democrat’s racist War on Women!

SC Democrat Suggests Indian-American Nikki Haley Go ‘Back To Wherever The Hell She Came From
by Matt Wilstein | 3:13 pm, May 4th, 2013
http://www.mediaite.com/online/watch-sc-democrat-suggests-indian-american-governor-haley-go-back-to-wherever-the-hell-she-came-from/

South Carolina Democratic Chairman Dick Harpootlian is getting some heat today for a comment he made about that state’s Republican governor at Friday night’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner, shortly before Vice President Joe Biden took the stage. Harpootlian’s comment came during his introduction of South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen. “In about 18 months from now,” he said, “hopefully he’ll have sent Nikki Haley back to wherever the hell she came from.”

He was warming up Joe Biden. That’s rich!

June 17, 2006
“In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”
~ Joe Biden

Every Month, Day, Year
“I’m an idiot. I’m serious. I’m not joking. It’s the truth.”
~ Joe Biden

LashRambo on May 30, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Of course, I hope that her resume will also include “2016 GOP nominee,” as well. She’d do vastly better than the no-hopers currently in the hopper.

KingGold

No she wouldn’t. One amnesty supporter sucks just as much as the next one.

xblade on May 30, 2014 at 10:25 AM

lol

libs have really felt comfortable enough to ‘let their hair down’ lately, so to speak.

Midas on May 30, 2014 at 10:13 AM

He’s been letting his hair down a bit too much, methinks.

22044 on May 30, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Say, where was Alan Webber born, anyway? Er … St. Louis, Missouri. According to his bio, he then attended college in Oregon, and then to Harvard for at least six years managing the Harvard Business Review, after a brief sojourn in Washington helping out with the Carter administration’s bailout of Chrysler. He ended the 1980s by working on the Michael Dukakis campaign.

There’s that word again. Harvard. I’m almost convinced that most of our nation’s problems would be solved if we were to shut down Harvard and round up all the graduates for re-education and socialization before releasing them into general society.

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Her mom?

Akzed on May 30, 2014 at 10:29 AM

NM Dem gubernatorial candidate wants to send Martinez “back to wherever she really came from”
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Well,…its a Concerned Dem*ard BorderNazi Holier Than Thou!!!!

canopfor on May 30, 2014 at 10:29 AM

From the Democratic moron’s Wiki:

Early Life and Education

Alan Michael Webber was born September 18, 1948 in St. Louis, Missouri. His father was a camera salesman.[5] Webber started school at DeMun School in Clayton, and later attended St. Louis Country Day School in St. Louis; he went on to graduate from Amherst College with a B.A. in English. While at Harvard Business School, Webber worked with faculty on Changing Alliances, a book-length study of the competitiveness of the U.S. auto industry.[6]

Webber has received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the Boston Architectural College, and has been designated an Honorary Senior Fellow at the Design Futures Council.[7] He is a former fellow of the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program and a John J. McCloy Fellow.
Early career

After graduating from Amherst, Webber moved to Portland, Oregon where he worked at a start-up political journal, The Oregon Times.[8] Subsequently, he served in the office of then-Portland City Council member Neil Goldschmidt and continued as his administrative assistant and policy advisor when he became Mayor of Portland in 1972.

Beginning in 1978, Webber served as editorial page editor of the alternative Oregon weekly newspaper, Willamette Week, where he received an Oregon State Newspaper Publisher’s Association Award for news and feature writing.[9]

In 1980, Webber and his family moved to Washington, DC, when Goldschmidt was named Secretary of Transportation in the Carter administration. While serving as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation, Webber worked on the Chrysler Corporation bailout, the crisis in the U.S. auto industry, and overall national economic competitiveness issues.[10]

Webber went to the Harvard Business School in 1981 to serve as a senior research assistant and project coordinator on the auto industry in America. The project culminated in a book called Changing Alliances.[11]

Alan Webber spent six years as the managing editor/editorial director of the Harvard Business Review (HBR). During his tenure, HBR was named finalist three times for National Magazine Awards.[2]

Continuing his interest in politics and government, Webber took on assignments, working as a speechwriter and policy advisor for several governors, including Massachusetts Governor (and later Democratic Presidential candidate) Michael Dukakis.[12]

It’s not clear when this projecting carpetbagger finally reached New Mexico. Based on his earnestness in projection, my guess is last year.

Dusty on May 30, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Only if I accept the left’s definition of what constitutes racism.

NotCoach

Nice to see at least one rational person posting in this thread.

xblade on May 30, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Happy Nomad on May 30, 2014 at 10:27 AM

The irony, my kids are attorneys, they salivate when they go up against Harvard schooled attorneys. How do they know, because the Harvard’s make sure every one knows…the problem is, they (Harvard’s) get ripped apart in most every court.

Certainly some have attained success, law of averages, but my kids make a great living off the Harvard attorney’s. They face them all the time being on the East Coast.

right2bright on May 30, 2014 at 10:33 AM

No she wouldn’t. One amnesty supporter sucks just as much as the next one.

If she in any way supported amnesty, which she doesn’t, I might just agree with you.

KingGold on May 30, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Not that it matters where she was from, but anyone from Texas knows that El Paso has a lot more in common (and a lot more contacts with) both New Mexico and Old Mexico, than it has with the rest of Texas.

To the rest of us Texans, it’s like this strange outpost stuck out in no-man’s land that we ended up having title to, for some reason. It’s kind of like having a base on Mars. It’s kind of cool to have it, but you really don’t want to ever go there yourself.

Tom Servo on May 30, 2014 at 10:36 AM

It doesn’t make sense that he’s accusing her of being a carpet bagger. The only thing that makes sense is that it’s racist.

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 10:11 AM

It does actually makes sense since Webber used *Texas* in his remarks about Martinez as a way to incite hate. Democrats deplore Texans. It’s one of several of their very own acceptable bigotries.

lynncgb on May 30, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Webber is a squirrel’s idea of a square meal, and he should appeal to the low information electorate of New Mexico. The State legislature is controled by liberals, and the congressional delegation consist of four flaming liberals and one Republican. That should explain the political atmosphere of the State. Martinez is doing a good job and hopefully will be re-elected.

savage24 on May 30, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Let’s play ‘Name That Party’:

The New York lawmaker, when speaking about the neighborhood surrounding the Yes We Can Community Center in New Cassel, allegedly said, “This is a bad neighborhood because African Americans live there. Very few people would want to go there.”

Birnbaum was also allegedly overheard saying “all [African-Americans] want to do is play basketball” and “who else from the rest of the town is going to go there.”

But, but, but, this politician really, really cares about minorities, children, women, and inequality.

Besides, the Koch Brothers eL3vEnTy!!11iiIII!!!

Resist We Much on May 30, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Texas bashing IS New Mexico culture. Which seems odd to me when I briefly lived in NM. Texans rarely even think of NM beyond a trip to the casinos.

Pecos on May 30, 2014 at 10:41 AM

He wouldn’t say it to her face.

I don’t know much about her but the utube video of her ccw qual was pretty cool.

She packs heat.

wolly4321 on May 30, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Sure he said “I suspect Texas” but we all know what he really meant. I’m glad Noah is coming to Hotair. He deserves a better site and readership then Mediaite offers, and he’ll fit right in the Hot Air RINO caucus. ( and I use that as a term of endearment in this case).

MWC_RS on May 30, 2014 at 10:43 AM

The woman trying to ban drivers licenses for illegals in New Mexico ( 46% latino) isn’t some sort of “amnesty” supporter.

She did however expand Medicaid and even set up a State Exchange in New Mexico for Obamacare ( but she’s also generally more conservative then most NM Republicans).

MWC_RS on May 30, 2014 at 10:45 AM

If Martinez was born and raised in El Paso, that’s a LOT closer to New Mexico than Saint Louis, Missouri.

Steve Z on May 30, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Let’s see if the same standard will get applied to Alan Webber and his Democratic supporters in New Mexico.

Hahahahahahahahahaha…catches breath…hahahahahahahahahaha

You know the answer to that, silly! ;-)

xNavigator on May 30, 2014 at 10:48 AM

As I’ve argued elsewhere, this is why trying to ‘shame’ liberals for this kind of thing simply doesn’t work the way we think it will or should. They simply don’t think the way they ‘should’ any longer. They don’t care.

Double-standard? So what? Rules aren’t for them, they’re for us.

Midas on May 30, 2014 at 10:16 AM

I think this all goes back to the Bush V. Gore thing in 2000. I think that whole deal was so traumatic for many of them that something broke in their fuzzy little brains. I think it will be like this until that entire generation has passed away.

trigon on May 30, 2014 at 10:48 AM

The only racists I’ve met in US were all “progressives”.

The racism generally comes out when they are exposed in their intellectual impotency. For some reason they think that making, what sounds like Aryan statements, is going to show how “intellectual” they are.

Nevsky on May 30, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Only if I accept the left’s definition of what constitutes racism. I agree that if a white Republican said this it would get wall to wall coverage as a racist remark, but that doesn’t make them right.

Martinez can use this to her advantage without using race. Weber is a lifelong elitist that lived everywhere but New Mexico. A man who lived and worked in D.C. under Carter, and worked for Dukakis. Who needs to really go back to where they came from here?

NotCoach on May 30, 2014 at 10:09 AM

By all means, let’s observe Marquess of Queensbury rules while the other side brings nine dudes with tire irons.

Look, I’d really like it if everyone in the world were intellectually honest and intellectually consistent, but we know our opponents aren’t going to become honorable just because we might want them to be. Run his comment on ads from Raton to Las Cruces and make the rubble bounce.

Mr. D on May 30, 2014 at 10:55 AM

It does actually makes sense since Webber used *Texas* in his remarks about Martinez as a way to incite hate. Democrats deplore Texans. It’s one of several of their very own acceptable bigotries.

lynncgb on May 30, 2014 at 10:37 AM

I’m sure the ‘Texas’ remark wasn’t tongue-in-cheek.

Bigbullets on May 30, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Wait a minute. There’s a NEW Mexico?

DethMetalCookieMonst on May 30, 2014 at 11:07 AM

As I’ve argued elsewhere, this is why trying to ‘shame’ liberals for this kind of thing simply doesn’t work the way we think it will or should. They simply don’t think the way they ‘should’ any longer. They don’t care.

Double-standard? So what? Rules aren’t for them, they’re for us.

Midas on May 30, 2014 at 10:16 AM

I think this all goes back to the Bush V. Gore thing in 2000. I think that whole deal was so traumatic for many of them that something broke in their fuzzy little brains. I think it will be like this until that entire generation has passed away.

trigon on May 30, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Milestones in civility:

Ted Kennedy’s “Robert Bork’s America.”

The Clarence Thomas Hearings

The Bush v. Gore Florida Recounts.

The Left has been in take-no-prisoners mode for a couple of decades now, and the GOP still doesn’t see it.

de rigueur on May 30, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Noah Rothman can shove his moral authority card waving up his ass.

Webber knew Martinez was originally from Texas. He didn’t have to suspect anything, but presenting it that way gave him both the opportunity to flash his nod, nod, wink, wink, ethnic snobbery under the cover of casual state to state comparison ribbing.

Dusty on May 30, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Not to worry. He could hang Martinez in effigy and the Dems would still cheer.

Hypocrisy? They haven’t a clue.

GarandFan on May 30, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Webber has received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

Brought to you by the letters “F” and “U”.

Christien on May 30, 2014 at 11:25 AM

So even if it’s out of context and he really meant political leanings than being sexist/racist (which there are cases of Dems doing that, especially to female republicans, and there is no moral outrage from the media), he’s still getting a free pass. All too often someone on the right says something similar and the media blatantly omits the “immediate sentence after clarification” and trumpets the “omg he really said this” bit as “War on Women”.

And when taken to task over that, I always hear “well he should be a bit more sensitive in how he phrases things”. So by that logic there should still be moral outrage because how he phrased his “we don’t want her politics, go back to texas where that’s accepted” in a very insensitive way that smacks of micro-aggression (to use a progressive term).

But no, there won’t be any outrage because he’ll be defended like I said (or at least half-heartedly) by the same people who get very loud when it’s the other way and declare a War on Women.

Starnick on May 30, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Women, homosexuals, blacks, now Hispanics.

Welcome to da party, amiga.

formwiz on May 30, 2014 at 11:26 AM

When Martinez ran for Governor, the rallying cry of the democrats was No Tejana Susana! It’s an old northern New Mexico prejudice that dates back to before NM was even a state. They’ve been paranoid about Texas trying to take over NM for a very long time. The democrats even claimed Martinez ran for office specifically to give New Mexico water rights to Texas. In 2010, her democrat opponent, Diane Denish, tried to capitalize on Martinez texas roots with a “Susana es una tejana” ad which backfired spectacularly. I’m not surprised that idiot Webber is trying that route again. Progressives never learn.

Wendya on May 30, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Once KKK, always KKK.

slickwillie2001 on May 30, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Webber knew Martinez was originally from Texas. He didn’t have to suspect anything, but presenting it that way gave him both the opportunity to flash his nod, nod, wink, wink, ethnic snobbery under the cover of casual state to state comparison ribbing.

Dusty on May 30, 2014 at 11:15 AM

I think there should be an “and” based on that sentence structure.. not meaning to be critical, I just am interested in what the other part of your statement might have been.

Effay5 on May 30, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Noah,

Welcome to hotair. By the look if it you are going to love it here. I always read your stuff at mediate. Welcome to the hotair jungle.

coolrepublica on May 30, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Don’t forget Webber’s call for empathy for a child molester.

The guy is a perfect fit for the leftie political machine.

Bishop on May 30, 2014 at 10:08 AM

So I expect our trolls libbie and everditzo (aka lester the molester) will be big supporters.

slickwillie2001 on May 30, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Liberal immunity from racism . . . and all other repulsive behavior.

rplat on May 30, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Well OF COURSE you racist repubs would THINK this was a racist comment. All you are is rayciss and so all you can hear is dog whistles and raycismses…

/s

todler on May 30, 2014 at 12:08 PM

“The full context of his comment suggests that Webber was making a comment about Martinez’s political leanings and not her ethnic heritage.”

Many a time in my life I have caught myself in mid-sentence saying something stupid or offensive, and usually I have been quick-witted enough to execute a course change to neutralize it. I would expect that such rhetorical skill is pretty much an essential job requirement for any political blowhard on the make.

“I suspect it’s Texas”? Nice save, Disraeli!

jbspry on May 30, 2014 at 12:27 PM

After the L.A. Riots, NM got a flood of wacky liberals from California. We didn’t like’em at all.

Aging hippies, limousine liberals and other California wackos came to talk to the new age flakes in Santa Fe and Taos.

This guy is playing to the socialist la Raza idiots in Santa Fe who’d have to bless off on his campaign.

Oh they hate Martinez there. She’s a woman, gun owner, Republican and a woman. How dare she not fall in the party line.

New Mexico was almost a one party state, with Democrats running the economy into the ground (only White Sands Missile Range and the two air bases kept the economy above water) with high taxes and silly state regs. Corruption so legendary, reporter Larry Barker made a career documenting it.

Martinez has them scared that they are saying this crap. If she wins again expect to see CNN, MSNBC and the rest try and dig dirt on her.

Chockblock on May 30, 2014 at 12:44 PM

If Martinez was born and raised in El Paso, that’s a LOT closer to New Mexico than Saint Louis, Missouri.

Steve Z on May 30, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Ya – like, 5 miles.
You can’t get any closer to NM without actually being IN NM.

dentarthurdent on May 30, 2014 at 12:50 PM

One could spin Webber’s remark into something racially insensitive, but that would be misleading. … The outrage is misdirected. The full context of his comment suggests that Webber was making a comment about Martinez’s political leanings and not her ethnic heritage.

Noah, that wouldn’t stop the dems from screaming RAAAAAACCCCCCIIIIIISSSSSSSTTTTT!!! at the top of their lungs.

dogsoldier on May 30, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Webber was trying to be cute. He threw it out there, and if some New Mexicans, weary of mass illegal immigration, take his remark the wrong way, so be it. Or, conversely, he is incapable of realizing his own inevitable racism because of white male privilege or something. Just ask Joan Walsh.

polly2150 on May 30, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Meh, we’re reaching here…

Even the 24 second clip makes clear he’s not talking about race. Let’s not wade into the grievance swamps of the Left.

BocaJuniors on May 30, 2014 at 2:28 PM

And if you stopped there, or read only the headline on The Weekly Standard‘s post which blared just that offending quote without context, you could be forgiven for thinking that Webber should be drummed out of polite society.

But Webber did not stop there. He did not even pause to take a breath before he clarified, “I suspect it’s Texas.”

When a Republican or conservative is the target of the Dem-o-media, that is exactly where the readers stop: why should they bother with the details?
Even if the story contained the clarification, the LIV would never get to it.
And that’s a very big IF, based on past performance.

Let’s not wade into the grievance swamps of the Left.

BocaJuniors on May 30, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Just documenting the wildlife for the record.

Even if Webber was just demanding Martinez be dismissed from consideration based on her birthplace (gee, what a novel concept!), what in the world does that have to do with the issues of governance?

It was a blatantly ad feminem comment, whether racist or nativist (which he isn’t, either) or statist (“my state is better than your state”) — but no state is better than Texas!

AesopFan on May 30, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Wastelandman, I totally agree with you.

What I don’t get is why she is hated so much by people in Las Cruces. I truly wish someone could answer that for me. Because she’s a Republican, maybe? I’m glad she’s my governor. Bill Richardson was a joke as well as Johnson. She’s a breath of fresh air.

MomintheFlyOverZone on May 30, 2014 at 3:53 PM