Starting Something She Can’t Finish, part deux

Posted: January 27, 2012 in Arizona Politics, Border Security, Gov. Jan Brewer
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UPDATE:   Other officials have commented apparently:  “Out of the three officials who met President Obama on an airport tarmac near Phoenix earlier this week, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) is now the only one who has characterized the president as anything other than cordial.”   ht to frequent flier Jeff H., see comments below

How interesting that the Governor’s book sales “exploded” after her confrontation of the President a couple of days ago.  And her hastag on Twitter was trending #8 in the U.S.  But she didn’t do it to get publicity…no, of course not……Can you tell I don’t believe her “good” intentions?  In one of her first statements to the press about  the incident she gave an interview that I saw on a local channel (not sure which TV station) where she said the conversation had left her “breathless” and she “felt threatened”.  That’s what made me curious and caused me to find out about the incident myself, not having watched the news before that time.  The next day she was saying “it was no big deal”.

Back in 2009 when she had the meetings with the President about securing the border, her public statements were all positive and encouraging.  In her book, she takes a completely different view.  So she’s been talking out of both sides of her mouth, which clearly is nothing new for her.   I am betting good money that in her next political campaign we will see and hear how she “felt threatened” at GOP rallies and we will see that finger wagging photo again in online stories, blogs and rallies on conservative websites. The mainstream websites won’t mention it….but it will be ALL over the conservative blogosphere to gin up the base…..anyone care to wager?

Now as to the letter, her office refused to release it saying it was a “private” letter and they didn’t have a copy.  The state paper called bullshit and filed a formal request for what should have been a public document.  Strangely enough, she did have a copy and produced it late Thursday.  The actual contents of the letter were her essentially bragging about how she had saved the state by making hard choices.  Here’s a quote from

I’d love an opportunity to share with you how we’ve been able to turn Arizona around with hard choices that turned out to be the right ones.

Yes, Gov. Brewer you balanced the budget but at what cost?  I’m all for balanced budgets but NOT on the backs of the poor and NOT at the cost of people’s lives which is exactly what you did.  And believe me, there is nothing hard about sacrificing someone else’s life for your political gain or you wouldn’t have done it.  There were plenty of other areas you could have cut that wouldn’t have resulted in someone’s death for lack of an operation or someone experiencing a psychotic episode for lack of medication.  I could make a list of the things she could have cut but I’m too weary at this point.  You can’t force people to have empathy for strangers, particularly those who were never going to vote for you in the first place.

This was so apropos I couldn’t avoid posting it, from opinion columnist and a wonderful political cartoonist David Fitzsimmons of The Arizona Daily Star:

David Fitzsimmons

David Fitzsimmons, Arizona Daily Star

ht:  JM Ashby at Bob Cesca’s blog


  1. Hahah, like the cartoon. Have to say I don’t think this story made it over the pond, but I could be wrong. I use my hubby as my source of outrageousness, usually. Glad I’ve got you as a backup, now 🙂

  2. Love it, love it, love it!

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