Jan Brewer became governor of the state of Arizona when Janet Napolitano resigned to accept the position of Secretary of Homeland Security in the administration of President Barack Obama. She had previously served as Secretary of State. She is now running for her own term as governor under the banner of the Republican Tea Party.
Arizona held a gubernatorial debate last night. Ms. Brewer’s performance in that debate was, to say the least, extremely painful to watch. It seems inconceivable that this woman is now leading her Democratic opponent in the polls by something like 20 points. In the event that you have not yet seen these videos (they have already been posted all over the internets), please take a moment now to watch them. I think you’ll be as amazed as I am that Ms. Brewer is even considered a serious candidate.
First, her disastrous opening statement (it’s as if she herself can hardly believe what she is saying)…
Then there was her refusal to renounce her earlier statement about beheadings in the Arizona desert…
Our Republicans really are a lot of fun, aren’t they?
Dana Milbank’s column in this weekend’s Washington Post needs to be on your must-read list…
Jan Brewer has lost her head.
The Arizona governor, seemingly determined to repel every last tourist dollar from her pariah state, has sounded a new alarm about border violence. “Our law enforcement agencies have found bodies in the desert either buried or just lying out there that have been beheaded,” she announced on local television.
Ay, caramba! Those dark-skinned foreigners are now severing the heads of fair-haired Americans? Maybe they’re also scalping them or shrinking them or putting them on a spike.
But those in fear of losing parts north of the neckline can relax. There’s not a follicle of evidence to support Brewer’s claim.
The Arizona Guardian Web site checked with medical examiners in Arizona’s border counties, and the coroners said they had never seen an immigration-related beheading. I called and e-mailed Brewer’s press office requesting documentation of decapitation; no reply.
Brewer’s mindlessness about headlessness is just one of the immigration falsehoods being spread by Arizona politicians. Border violence on the rise? Phoenix becoming the world’s No. 2 kidnapping capital? Illegal immigrants responsible for most police killings? The majority of those crossing the border are drug mules? All wrong.
Click on the headline to continue reading. As you read, keep in mind that Jan Brewer and John McCain completely represent the party that wants you to put them back in power this November. There truly are no words to describe these people other than ‘incompetent liars.’