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Apr 29 2012

Jan Brewer for Vice President!

Ed Morrissey has a very amusing column suggesting that Mitt Romney name Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona as his vice presidential nominee. With a straight face, apparently. He makes his case:

One name that hasn’t received much attention — yet — is that of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. Brewer replaced Janet Napolitano in January 2009 when Barack Obama appointed then-Gov. Napolitano to run the Department of Homeland Security. Brewer then won her first election in 2010 with a 13-point margin of victory over Democratic Attorney General Terry Goddard.

Brewer has a record of fighting the federal government and the media. After Brewer signed a bill from the state legislature requiring law-enforcement officers to check residency status when arresting or detaining criminal suspects, Obama’s Department of Justice filed suit against the state. To the cheers of conservatives, Brewer fought back, later writing a book to bolster her case, and squared off against open-borders advocates in the media.

And that’s exactly why it would be a very bad move for Romney to pick her. He’s trying desperately to win back the Latino vote; she would make that even more unlikely than it already is. Plus, there’s the fact that she’s a moron.

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  1. 1
    cottonnero

    You might as well court the Hispanic vote with Joe Arpaio.

  2. 2
    democommie

    Man, that video; she looks nothing like THAT in real life, I’ve seen her campaign photo and website–she’s a hottie! Brainz, who needs brainz when you work for the braindead?

  3. 3
    slc1

    Plus, there’s the fact that she’s a moron.

    Recalling the egregious Sarah Palin, that’s a plus in Rethuglican circles.

  4. 4
    D. C. Sessions

    Plus, there’s the fact that she’s a moron.

    Don’t underestimate the moron vote, Ed. They are a lot of them.

  5. 5
    markholcombe

    Any legal minority (African American, Latino, homosexual, female) who is a Republican is a moron.

  6. 6
    Michael Heath

    Ed’s blog post title:

    Jan Brewer for Vice President!

    It’s gonna be tough topping that title for comedic value.

  7. 7
    Randomfactor

    And she could do the now-traditional mid-term resignation…

  8. 8
    Pieter B, FCD

    Well, Willard does have a problem with the guanophrenic wing of the party; Brewer would definitely help there.

  9. 9
    D. C. Sessions

    And she could do the now-traditional mid-term resignation…

    One of the best things about Jan running for VP would be that she would have to resign as Governor.

  10. 10
    Chris from Europe

    legal minority

    I have to remember that. It’s a clever way to include women with actual minorities when enumerating victims of right-wing politics.

  11. 11
    Dr X

    Pieter B, FCD@

    guanophrenic

    I’m going to use that.

  12. 12
    Tony Sidaway

    I can see where Ed Morrissey is coming from. He is far less concerned about winning the Hispanic vote than enthusing the conservative base. He is presumably writing off the Hispanic vote or assuming it will be depressed by the voter suppression laws. I think that is a tactical error.

  13. 13
    Nick Gotts

    Plus, there’s the fact that she’s a moron.

    Maybe the idea is to make Robomormon look intelligent by comparison?

  14. 14
    redpanda

    Assuming the Dunning-Kruger effect holds true, being a moron isn’t actually a disadvantage when your support base can’t tell the difference.

  15. 15
    Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    It depends if they think they can win.

    If they know they can’t win, they can stick the most rabid lunatic they can find in there as VP to counteract Mitt’s… Mittness. This will galvanize the lunatics for the election following.

  16. 16
    R Johnston

    Every time the Republicans do something completely moronic like float Brewer for Veep I feel a touch of optimism about the future. If we can only make it to 2020 without fubaring the nation and while maintaining some semblance of voting rights, Texas and the south west will be quite blue and the worst will be behind us.

  17. 17
    snebo154

    I live in Arizona and would love to help the rest of you understand Ms. Brewer a little better because you have obviously been misinformed about this wonderful woman.
    You have compared her intelligence to that of Sarah Palin. This is totally unfair, to Ms. Palin. Someone mentioned the Dunning-Kruger effect and could not have been more spot on. Brewer lies to the public about things that are easily disprovable by reading a newspaper or understanding simple math and expects to be believed because she may well be incapable of either. Her stand on any issue can be determined by checking a weather vane, and she has recently re-established her total lack of integrity by appointing an attorney by the name of Wilenchik to the Arizona Real Estate Advisory Board. Mr. Wilenchik is somewhat (in)famous in Arizona for tricks like issuing Grand Jury subpoenas without the formality of actually empaneling a Grand Jury while he was a special prosecutor for the now disbarred ex-County Attorney, Andrew Thomas.
    Brewer is a stain on Arizona politics and proof that bigotry, dishonesty and stupidity are still a viable path to public office here. Surprising, since I don’t think that we are officially considered to be part of the “bible belt’

  18. 18
    baal

    Her pause in the clip and other similar lost-in-the-fog moments remind me of Ronny Raygun.

  19. 19
    slc1

    re senbo154 @ #17

    Mr. Brayton had a post on this subject a few days ago.

    http://freethoughtblogs.com/dispatches/2012/04/26/arizona-gov-appoints-arpaio-ally-to-state-board/

  20. 20
    Michael Heath

    R Johnston writes:

    Every time the Republicans do something completely moronic like float Brewer for Veep I feel a touch of optimism about the future. If we can only make it to 2020 without fubaring the nation and while maintaining some semblance of voting rights, Texas and the south west will be quite blue and the worst will be behind us.

    Except for the fact we’ve been seeing the publication of peer-reviewed work the past couple of years noting we may well have already past certain climate tipping points. This is the threat that won’t wait for demographics to overcome conservative insanity.

  21. 21
    R Johnston

    Re: #17, 19:

    This of course raises the issue of what the hell was Obama thinking appointing Napolitano to Homeland Security? There were lots of people who could fill the H.S. position; there was exactly one person who could prevent Governor Brewer from being inflicted on Arizona.

    Obama has a terrible track record on executive branch appointments. There were a handful of appointments in the Napolitano class, where they were needed much more elsewhere; a lot of positions where Obama didn’t fight or didn’t even bother nominating someone because he was too lazy and spineless to deal with Republican obstruction; the near complete failure to make recess appointments even when agencies are falling apart for want of a necessary appointment; and a whole lot of simply mediocre appointments. Napolitano might be the most egregious specific example of his appointment failures, though not fighting for Elizabeth Warren is in the running.

  22. 22
    R Johnston

    Re: Michael Heath @ #20:

    A touch of optimism isn’t necessarily a whole lot. It’s just more than I feel about politics most days. Not doing anything much about climate change until after the 2020 election has a whole lot of potential for disaster, but it’s also, sadly, the best we can hope for right now.

  23. 23
    Michael Heath

    baal writes:

    [Gov. Jan Brewer's] pause in the clip and other similar lost-in-the-fog moments remind me of Ronny Raygun.

    It’s Ronald Reagan.

    On relatively few occasions, President Reagan did appear to suffer the effects of dementia late in his term. Are you trying to insinuate that Gov. Brewer has been a successful governor and could be a success as the president as well because she’s spaced-out once or twice? Or are you claiming that Gov. Brewer’s demonstrated idiocy is equivalent to the occasional affects of early-dementia?

    Because from my perspective she’s as incompetent as Sarah Palin and nowhere close to being in the same league as any successful two-term successful governor nor any U.S. president – successful or not; where in Mr. Reagan’s case historians generally consider his governorship and presidency to each be a success.

  24. 24
    Pieter B, FCD

    @Dr X

    “Guanophrenic” was first, to my knowledge and recollection, proposed as an addition to the language by Orac of Respectful Insolence. I added either it or “guanophrenia” to the Urban Dictionary.

  25. 25
    jba55

    @13 That’s what hurts the most, I think. Mittens isn’t stupid, he’s just… shit, I don’t even know. Hollow? Controlled? It’s like he wants to be a right wing vessel, but just can’t quite bring it up. And not even “bring it up” to the point that people want to vote for him. He can’t “bring it up” like vomit that his friends will clean up and make excuses for. There’s no “Oh he didn’t mean to… ” He’s just done, no one will sleep with him. And we want to be embarrassed for him, but we just can’t. He’s just too much. It’s reached the point where you pick him up, take him home and pretend none of this ever happened. “Naw… no one thought you’d be President. You’re just chasing gin blossoms. Lay down, Mittens, it’s all good.”

  26. 26
    dan4

    Unrelated to his comments on Brewer, but in the same column, Morrissey writes that Romney has “extensive executive experience” in the public sector. Romney’s sole “executive experience” in the public sector is his four years as governor of Massachusetts-hardly an “extensive” amount of time.

  27. 27
    coffeehound

    Call me selfish, anything that got Brewer the hell out of Arizona would be a boon to me and my hypertension.

  28. 28
    dingojack

    Pieter B, FCD – surely you mean coprocephalic?*
    Unless you think of these people as having minds consisting exclusively of sea-bird shit (and you don’t mind mixing Spanish/Quechua with Neo-Latin/Greek).

    Pendantically,
    Dingo
    —–
    * or maybe stercocaputic?

  29. 29
    Ichthyic

    r Mittens isn’t stupid, he’s just… shit, I don’t even know. Hollow? Controlled? It’s like he wants to be a right wing vesse

    if you want to understand what is happening in American politics and society at large, and why, all you need do is read Bob Altemeyer’s 30 year sociology study summarized in the free book, The Authoritarians

    The US is being handed over to Right Wing Authoritarians. For anyone who know history, this has happened before… but not in the US.

  30. 30
    Ichthyic

    where in Mr. Reagan’s case historians generally consider his governorship and presidency to each be a success.

    LOL

    that entirely depends on the “historian”

    oh you and your never dying reagan fanboydom.

    it never ceases to amuse.

  31. 31
    Michael Heath

    Me earlier:

    . . . where in Mr. Reagan’s case historians generally consider his governorship and presidency to each be a success.

    Ichthyic responds:

    LOL

    that entirely depends on the “historian”

    Well yeah, in the same way Michael Behe rejects natural selection or Richard Lindzen on much of what science understands regarding climate change. But the mainstream view generally considers him a success. Here’s evidence on his presidency: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_rankings_of_Presidents_of_the_United_States [See the section titled, Scholar Survey Results, sort the table by the far right column, which ranks presidents by the aggregate set of all polls tracks. The aggregate ranks President Reagan 17th out of 44.]

    Some liberals do not do well on Mr. Reagan, it’s as if all the defective thinking we ridicule conservatives for demonstrating is replicated by some liberals when Reagan is introduced.

    Ichthyic writes about me:

    oh you and your never dying reagan fanboydom.

    it never ceases to amuse.

    As I’ve repeatedly stated, it’s not about Reagan. Instead I respond because its disconcerting to see liberals arguing like a YEC which predominately happens by some liberals whenever the topic of Ronald Reagan is raised. I’m not sure why you find it amusing when I reveal YEC-like thinking by liberals, I certainly don’t.

    So the issue isn’t about my being a fanboy of Reagan, in fact I’ve studied him enough to know of his spectacular failures, e.g., energy policy, climate change denialism, along with his cringe-worthy moments – wanting to discuss God with Mikhail Gorbechev. My focus instead regards how some liberals can’t process the Reagan legacy which drives them into the same delusional thinking we encounter from conservatives which liberals love to ridicule. They just can’t help themselves, which I do not find amusing, but instead frustrating.

  32. 32
    dingojack

    Michael – 17th out of a class of 44.
    If that’s America’s measure of ‘success’ I can see why the country is number ten in so many metrics.

    Let’s see (in no particular order):

    * Voodoo Economics/trickle-down
    * Pull-out from Lebanon
    * Mass sackings
    * AIDS inaction/denialism
    * Enabling the Religious Right
    * Global Warming denialism
    * Iran-contra Affair
    * War on Drugs/ ‘Just Say No’
    * Able Archer Idiocy

    Didn’t they all work out sooo well?

    (and my all time favorite:
    ‘Outlawing the USSR forever, bombing starts in five minutes’)

    Yep – Ronnie Raygun – the All-American epitome of success!

    Dingo
    —–
    If only we could you and SLC to argue about ‘St Ronnie of Blessed Memory’ and his effect on that ‘Immaculate conception that is called Isreal’, we could eat popcorn while the shiboleths fly.

  33. 33
    slc1

    Re dingojack @ #32

    Actually, Reagan was rather less supportive of Israel then either Bush II or Obama. His administration proposed a very generous plan for a Palestinian State such that the late former Israeli Defense minister, Ezer Weizman, who supported a two state solution, told a newspaper reporter who was interviewing him and who planned to interview Yasir Arafat the next day to tell Yasir to accept the Reagan Plan.

  34. 34
    frog

    dingojack @ 28:

    I tend to think of them as coprophagic. You are what you eat, right?

  35. 35
    kermit.

    dingojack – Let’s also add:

    Stopped inflation – by tripling the national debt. He exacerbated the gap between rich and poor, and never seemed to get the hang of balanced budgets.

    Supported terrorists in Nicaragua.

    Consulted an astrologer on a regular basis.

    Promised the air traffic controllers that he would support them, then hung them out to dry.

    Supported the nuclear umbrella – Star Wars. Seemed to seriously think that 1980s lasers could stop incoming nuclear missiles, despite all the physicists in the field saying that it would be infeasible for the foreseeable future.

    He did save Grenada, however, from a Commie infiltration.

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