A Man with a Flashlight


Oh yeah… Bill Richardson
July 3, 2007, 10:58 am
Filed under: Politics

For those of you who’d forgotten (I had), New Mexico governor Bill Richardson is running for the Democratic nomination. I caught his June 19th speech at the Commonwealth Club of California on NPR. Richardson talks policy with more substance than any of the Democratic frontrunners (that’s why they call them frontrunners, they run for office by fronting).

Richardson would end “don’t ask, don’t tell,” end federal raids on patients legally using marijuana; allow civil unions for gays and lesbians; make nuclear arms reduction a foreign policy priority; and he says he doesn’t believe in raising taxes. How reasonable – and these days, how unusual.

He’s also a self-effacing, low-key guy from New Mexico, none of the Massachussetts ego that keeps sinking the Democratic party. And he doesn’t mind making light of himself:

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