Clareified

Where does the good go

Oh, Arizona

The state that just keeps giving.

14 Responses to “Oh, Arizona”

  1. Charles Star Says:

    How is she a viable candidate? I don’t mean “how is a conservative a viable candidate in a state like Arizona full of scared white retirees”; I mean “how does she survive the primaries?”

  2. Dawn Summers Says:

    I told my officemate that I bet him one american dollar that she checks into betty ford within the next 12 months.

  3. Pearatty Says:

    How is she a viable candidate?

    SB1070 baby.

    Actually, I admire Brewer in some ways. She did not run for governor, she was Obama’s gift to Arizona. (He appointed Napalitano to the cabinet, AZ doesn’t have a Lieutenant Gov., Sec. of State steps up.) She actually stood up to the heavily Republican state legislature, which wanted to (further) gut the school system rather than raise taxes. In a state like AZ, she must have known that it was political suicide as a Republican to say, as she did, “I’m against new taxes as much as you, but we are not going to be able to run the state without a tax increase”.

    The legislature played a game of chicken, submitting at the last hour a budget that had the cuts she said she wouldn’t approve, and she didn’t blink — sent it back to them and let them look bad for violating the constitutional requirements re the budget.

    She was going to be evicerated in the primaries; at least a dozen prominent repugs had announced or hinted they were running. Then the legislature did her a favor by passing SB1070. She signed it, and backed it. The crackers loved it. Obama gave her massive credibility by meeting with her several times and sending national guard troops to Arizona to protect our borders. (Bet you didn’t know he did that, did you?)

    Also, Arizona is consistently 48 out of 50 states in the nation for education. (Or as one person I met here said completely seriously, upon being told AZ was 48th—no lie—“Wow, 48 out of 52 states, that’s terrible.”) We are not an articulate or educated people, so her snafus are not as galling as they would be to people used to a higher level of discourse.

  4. F-Train Says:

    Who would have thought a separate blogging category tag for Arizona would get so much mileage. Very prescient of you.

  5. Dawn Summers Says:

    Right? I’m a genius. Also, very frightened by pearatty’s comment. Who is she and where is my Democratic friend pearatty?

  6. Pearatty Says:

    I didn’t say I liked Brewer, or would vote for her. I said I admired her for doing the right thing, rather than the political thing, in the case of education and taxes, anyhow. I guess my point is that she is not a high level polititian, she’s a low level one who got jettisioned into a prominent office and displayed a surprising level of integrity. She’s not even got a college degree, it’s not surprising she’s not a good public speaker or debater.

    Also, I was mostly answering Charles’ question about how she could have survived the primaries. The answer is, SB1070, which I’m sure she believes in, is wildly popular among the republicans here.

    So, anyway, Obama effed up my state even worse than it was by (a) removing Napolitano and (b) giving credibility to Brewer. I blame him, and the incompetent state Democratic Party, and the national Democratic Party that has written Arizona off, for that, not the poor underqualified woman who got Napolitano’s spot.

  7. Pearatty Says:

    Hey, I should be, like, Clareified’s Arizona correspondent!

  8. Dawn Summers Says:

    Done. You’re hired.

  9. Pearatty Says:

    Whoo hoo! What’s the salary?

  10. Pearatty Says:

    Um, I hate to press here, but I’ve given notice at my old job, and kind of need to make arrangements. So, the pay for my new job is . . .?

    *waiting cheerfully and expectantly*

  11. Dawn Summers Says:

    comments, with possible retweetage.

  12. Dawn Summers Says:

    Also, you must bring Wygant to New York every so often!

  13. Pearatty Says:

    Well, crap. Mr. P. is going to be pretty pissed.

  14. Dawn Summers Says:

    He should be too busy building an attic.

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