Marty in the Middle's desperation is showing. The Almighty Alcalde was humbled by the 2nd (and maybe even 3rd) place showing in Sunday's Albuquerque Journal poll and now he's pulling out all of the stops.
Prior to the release of the Sanderoff poll, Marty had been aiming all of his vitriolic might at R.J. Berry. Since Sunday, Marty's Minions have been alternating attacks between Romero and Berry. Monday featured an email from Councilor Ken Sanchez aimed at trashing Romero by associating him with Republicans.
Yesterday, Howard Dean hit the phones with Democrats on behalf of the beleaguered mayor and today, former Councilor (and card carrying Marty-crat) Craig Loy was pestering Republicans.
So what's this all about? Until Sunday, Marty believed that at the very least he was in 2nd place. The Journal poll shocked The Almighty Alcalde by showing that not only was he in 2nd place, but could very well be in third behind Richard Romero - which would put Marty out of any possible runoff.
The sudden change of strategy indicates that Marty is desperate to find a way to at least hold on to 2nd place. Right now, it doesn't look as though anyone will be able to reach the magic 40% even though with 19% undecided it's certainly possible.
Marty not only needs to bring down Berry, but he needs to put some distance between himself and Romero. The only problem with his new approach is that unlike previous years, Marty has finite resources. If he splits them, he may not be able to achieve either objective and may be (or perhaps already has been) overtaken by the hard charging Romero campaign.
With only 5 days left in the campaign, a single mistake could cost any of the three candidates the election. Bringing in a couple of has-beens like Loy and Dean and attempting to attack both opponents may very well leave Marty on the outside looking in.
Quote of the Day
Does this sound familiar? This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes