Earlier this week The New York Post put out an article (well for them it was substantive, but it was no more than a blurb) with the headline "N.M. Gov Throws Sombrero Into Ring," the author clearly afraid to attempt to spell New Mexico and Governor. Many bloggers around the political circles have expressed outrage and shock at this apparent slur against Richardson, a Hispanic man.
I think it is pretty tasteless, but we do have to remember that this is the New York POST, hardly a beacon of journalistic integrity. But can you imagine if they had allowed the headline of "Hillary Clinton Tosses Apron into the Ring"? Or perhaps even, "Barak Obama Chucks Spear into the Ring," what consequences would have come from one of those two scenarios?
We are in an unusual position this election cycle with a great field of diverse and inspiring candidates, and each one has something unique to offer, but the NY Post didn't mention any of the amazing things Richardson brings to the race, like an incredible record of public service, a brilliant executive mind who manages to make progressive changes and still manage the public funds with unquestionable restraint and responsibility. A man of such stellar diplomatic abilities that he is able to secure peace accords, nonproliferation treaties, and hostage releases around the globe, earning him four nominations for the Nobel Prize for Peace.
So, say what you want about a sombrero, but this man brings us something really special, the ability to get a democrat in the White House who makes liberals and conservatives happy. It's all about the Win Win, right?