The Day After the Day After the 2020 Election: Federal Stalemate, Bright Future for New Mexico Families
COVID19 Pandemic and Political Response is reshaping all aspects of American Society. New Mexico’s Elected Representatives Must Fight for “New Mexico’s Families First”.
Today is Thursday, November 5, 2020 and it’s the day after the day after the election. As we start to head into the end of the week, the Presidential Election results from Tuesday are still undecided between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. The past few days have been filled with predictions, analysis, number crunching, posturing on both sides, and President Donald Trump bringing lawsuits in the battleground states of Wisconsin, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Politics is a winner take all blood sport. Either Biden or Trump will “win ugly”, but anyone who criticizes that victory doesn’t understand that politics is a winner take all blood sport. One of the major reasons that people connect with Donald Trump is because he’s a “fighter”.
The Democratic transfer of power occurred in New Mexico November 2020 Elections with absolute confidence in the voting process due to the quick reporting of results, month-long absentee/in person voting availability, and the fact that most races went “as expected” although there were a number of surprise winners and bright spots for conservatives in New Mexico. The only “elegant” victories in 2020 New Mexico Politics were our Congressional Delegation: Ben Ray Lujan, Deb Haaland, Yvette Herrell, and Teresa Leger Fernandez, and NM State Senate and House Candidates such as Crystal Diamond, Stefani Lord, and Joshua Sanchez, who are all entering their first elected offices and who will bring conservative values and common sense solutions to Santa Fe.
The results of these elections is that New Mexico has a mixture of Republican and Democrats at the federal and state level, with some very strong conservatives who will provide push-back to the government overreach by New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. I believe that the results of the election could drag on for weeks, with both sides declaring themselves the winner and extensive legal-battles, vote recounting, that will paralyze the US Government at the federal level, with the result of ‘power’ being distributed more among the people and representatives, which will be especially important that our New Mexico Representatives put ‘New Mexico First’ due to the fact that the federal government will fall into even more bureaucracy due to the lack of decisive election results for US President.
Our Elected Officials Must Put New Mexico Families First
COVID19 is re-shaping all aspects of global society, and reshaping global trade, commerce, and politics. Hundreds of years of globalization and industrialization is being unwound in reverse; power is ‘decentralizing’ away from institutions, including both big business and big government. Global Trade is decreasing, people and societies have to be more self reliant on what can be produced locally; just as we saw toilet paper shortages in March 2020 which was a wake up call to modern Americans, I believe that we will start to see food shortages in the United States due to the reliance on overseas food production and shipping for the American food supply. Just as America will need to be more self-reliant and productive moving forward, New Mexico will also face similar challenges. We now need strong elected representation who will advocate for the kitchen table issues facing New Mexico Families, and focusing on delivering a “steak on every plate”.
Conservatives in New Mexico Moving Forward After Election 2020
Right now many candidates, supporters and campaign staff may be reading this right now and unsure about how to move forward after losing, or their candidate losing, etc. From what I have seen, Elections reveal alot about a candidate and candidates, such as, even after losing primary elections, both Elisa Martinez and Karen Bedonie stayed active within the numerous political rallies, such as Women for Trump bus tour, and campaign events, while others who lost the primary simply went away.
Similarly, after winning the Primary Election, some candidates rested on their “Laurels”, and gave low effort into future campaigning such as Alexis Martinez Johnson as opposed to Mark Ronchetti who ran a strong consistent campaign before the Nominating Convention, and after winning the Republican Primary which resulted into an impressive vote total against Ben Ray Lujan.
Many candidates have just invested hundreds of hours, months of their lives, and thousands of dollars into building “political capital” with the hope of winning an election. Many political figures and candidates will wither away after losing an election but that is a waste of political capital. Candidates who recently lost an election still have all of the political capital and supporters which were built up through the course of their campaign. An example of a candidate to follow in this example is, as was mentioned previously, Elisa Martinez.
My advice to candidates who just lost an election is to utilize the platform which you built during the campaign (you did build a platform, didn’t you?) to advocate for the issues which were important to you during your initial run, “keeping up” the pressure on your opponent (who won) and continue to build your connections, skill and platform for a potential run in 2021 or 2022, but with a stronger base, connection and understanding, based upon what you learned during this cycle.