Since Jon Huntsman left the presidential race ages ago, I have been searching for a new favorite Republican (other than Ed, of course). I think I've found one: Susana Martinez, governor of New Mexico.
I know I'm late — Newsweek on Monday touted her as a great running mate for Romney — but the governor may have had the shortest trial balloon flight in history because she isn't trying to pull a Marco Rubio and provide Mitt Romney with a new, but still weak position on immigration reform and some validation by association.
Instead, as Salon pointed out, in the very same Newsweek article, Martinez made some rather intemperate remarks for someone looking to curry favor with Romney. She ripped Romney and conservative Republicans' position on the Dream Act specifically and on immigration generally. Martinez advocates a common-sense and enlightened approach to immigration reform that puts her way to the left of her party.
“I absolutely advocate for comprehensive immigration reform,” says the governor. "Republicans want to be tough and say, ‘Illegals, you’re gone.’ But the answer is a lot more complex than that.”
And so, of course, it is. But she still gets credit for speaking the truth, especially when it comes at a high price. Mitt, are you sure she can't help you?