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Jan Brewer's terribly awkward debate performance

Adam Serwer of the American Prospect is guest blogging on The Plum Line this week.

This video of Arizona GOP Gov. Jan Brewer's debate intro yesterday is making the rounds on the interwebs:

This is pretty painful to watch. But her later reaction (flagged by Rachel Weiner) to her Democratic opponent, Terry Goddard*, who hammered her for exaggerating the extent of crime in Arizona with tales of beheadings in the desert, is even worse.

Goddard states that:

What is hurting us right now economically are statements, false statements made by Jan Brewer, about how Arizona has become so violent, that we are a place of fear, and we have beheadings in the desert. Those are false statements. They cause people to think that Arizona is a dangerous place, and they don't come here, and they don't invest here. Because our governor has said such negative things about our state. And, Jan, I call on you to today to say, there are no beheadings. That was a false statement, and it needs to be called out right now.

Brewer avoided responding directly to Goddard, but she was hammered by local reporters afterward.

Now, it's hard to see hitting Brewer on SB 1070 affecting her chances too much. At the moment, she's still ahead of Goddard, by 57 to 38 percent according to Rasmussen; another poll taken in July found Brewer ahead by twenty points. Despite having her basic facts on immigration wrong, her handling of the matter is very popular in Arizona. Rasmussen finds that 65 percent of Arizona voters continue to favor the state's draconian immigration law, and another recent poll from the Morrison Institute found similar margins of popular support.

But here's what's shrewd about what Goddard is doing -- rather than attacking the law or its faulty empirical justification, he's merely questioning Brewer's personal honesty. That allows him to avoid running into the buzz-saw of SB 1070's general popularity, which is probably the only thing Brewer ultimately really has going for her. In March, before she signed the law, her approval rating as measured by Rasmussen was only 41 percent. Last year one poll even found her trailing Godard. Now her approval is at 65 percent. The problem for Goddard is, it's not clear that the Brewer campaign will agree to any more debates, especially after how this one went.

*Terry, not Steve Goddard. Thanks to the folks who emailed. 

By Adam Serwer  |  September 2, 2010; 3:37 PM ET
 
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Comments

With her poor command of the English language, she better avoid getting too deep a tan, or Sheriff Joe Arpaio might round her up, and place her in one of his concentration camps.

Posted by: Liam-still | September 2, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Good move, Adam. Red meat for Greg's readers. You were in danger of losing them there for a minute.

No Angle stories? We're having withdrawals!

Posted by: sbj3 | September 2, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure daveredhat will be here any second to tell us how, "she's running even with Harry Reid."

In his defense all these crazy wingnuts sound the same...

Posted by: nisleib | September 2, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Adam Serwer is like the guy with the whistle on a pubcrawl.


OK - everyone to the next bar......

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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 2, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse


Schrodinger


Did someone behead your cat ?


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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 2, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, her incoherence and willingness to fabricate "facts" to support her positions will not matter a bit. These things are features not bugs for the far right.

Posted by: schrodingerscat | September 2, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

"Did someone behead your cat ?"

And again, do you have a point? Or are you threatening me?

Posted by: schrodingerscat | September 2, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

"These things are features not bugs for the far right."

Too true. No wonder daveredhat can't tell the difference between Sharon Angle and Jan Brewer.

Posted by: nisleib | September 2, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

People who are careful with language are always suspect because they may not be hateful enough.

Posted by: mattintx | September 2, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

JAN BREWERS PERFORMANCE AT HER DEBATE IS EXCELLENT NEWS!! FOR JAN BREWER!!!

Posted by: mikefromArlington | September 2, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Schrodinger


But you admit that you aren't sure whether the cat is alive or dead ?


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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 2, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

C'mon, STR: answer the question? Are you threatening me?

Posted by: schrodingerscat | September 2, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Hey Adam, thanks for the red meat.

Please don't miss this one in your wrap up.

Dems just unleashed Vitters prostitution admission on a 5 minute internet video that is bound to become a commercial. I bet Vitter would love to crawl away into a hole right about now.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/02/louisiana-democrats-drop-_n_703870.html#comments

Posted by: mikefromArlington | September 2, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

omg that Vitter thing is hilarious!

hahahah

Posted by: mikefromArlington | September 2, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Imagine if SB1070 became the law in AZ. This idiot (Brewer) ccould have been arrested for poor English skills and deported to Mexico.

Posted by: nri1998 | September 2, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Mike, that's great news......for David Vitter.

Has anyone ever heard him actually give a speech? He sounds like a high school football player who took too many hits to the head. I can't believe a state, even LA, would vote this maroon into office.

Adam, please include in roundup, as Mike says.

Posted by: BGinCHI | September 2, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Well, A Republican Governor of one State, running for a Senate seat in another State, in order to be reelected Governor in her own state, makes perfect sense to most Teabagger types.

Posted by: Liam-still | September 2, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Well, A Republican Governor of one State, running for a Senate seat in another State, in order to be reelected Governor in her own state, makes perfect sense to most Teabagger types.

Posted by: Liam-still | September 2, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Mike - Thanks for that!

It is of vital importance that we all remember the cardinal rule of American Politics today: IOKIYAR.

Got a diaper fetish? It is only important if you are a Democrat.

Can you imagine what the wingnuts would have done if the Jeff Gannon/Jim Guckert thing had happened in the Clinton years? The GOP would have spent 100s of million of dollars investigating. It wouldn't have been resolved until Senator Larry Craig personally forced Clinton out of office. But since it was a Republican? De nada.

Posted by: nisleib | September 2, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if they are saving the diaper fetish part for the final humiliation.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | September 2, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

What's wrong is that Federal Government is still not listening to the People of our country. Jan is just trying to do her job and is being harassed by the Feds over stepping there boundaries. Now they are suing The sheriff???? This government of Czars and appointed officials is a Key Stone cop type of Marxism at best. This is a government of Cloward and Piven if ever I saw one. They are bring down our country at every turn.

Posted by: annieandpauldonovan | September 2, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Long time Washington Republican Congressman, Dick Armey, is advertising large rallies, at which Andrew Breibart will also be featured. Breibart has been exposed as A Right Wing Racist, and here we have Armey, The Big Dick that stirs The TeaBags, getting in bed with Breibart, the Uber Racist.

When the leader of this phony Tea Party movement gets in bed with a known racist,then of course it is A Racist Movement.

Posted by: Liam-still | September 2, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Given how Jan Brewer "blanked" at the beginning of the debate, and her inability to answer a simple follow-up question, perhaps she is suffering from Alzheimer's or a similar degenerative disease. That someone with such borderline brain function is already Governor, and is leading in the polls, is far more frightening than rumors about beheadings in the desert.

Posted by: bearclaw1 | September 2, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Another genius mama grizzly of the GOP - Linda McMahon:

"I can certainly tell you I'm not adverse [sic] to talking in the right time or forum about what we need to do relative to our entitlements," McMahon said in an interview. "I mean, Social Security is going to go bankrupt. Clearly, we have to strengthen that.... I just don't believe that the campaign trail is the right place to talk about that."

Who wants to talk about issues on the campaign trail? Certainly not a republican.

Posted by: cmccauley60 | September 2, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

bearclaw1 says, "That someone with such borderline brain function is already Governor..."

It could be worse, does the name Sarah Palin ring any bells?

Posted by: nisleib | September 2, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

donovans, please stop talking about things you clearly know nothing about. You sound foolish and no one is buying.

Move along.

Posted by: BGinCHI | September 2, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

CORRECTION! The Democratic candidate for Governor of Arizona is named TERRY GODDARD (not Steve Goddard as written in your article). As one of his supporters I ask that you at least get his name right, he is currently the Attorney General of Arizona, it's not like he's some unknown.

Posted by: plgerke | September 2, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Now the Teabaggers, who always object to The Federal Government interfering with States Rights, are fully backing a state interfering with Federal Government's rights.

Teabagger Logic at it's finest.

Posted by: Liam-still | September 2, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Liam-still: "When the leader of this phony Tea Party movement gets in bed with a known racist,then of course it is A Racist Movement."

Did you ever think it wasn't? The only thing missing in the paragraph preceding it was your new favorite reference, Jack Kervorkian.

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | September 2, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Liam-still: "When the leader of this phony Tea Party movement gets in bed with a known racist,then of course it is A Racist Movement."

Did you ever think it wasn't? The only thing missing in the paragraph preceding it was your new favorite reference, Jack Kervorkian.

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | September 2, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

@ annieandpauldonovan

"What's wrong is that Federal Government is still not listening to the People of our country."

President Eisenhower did not listen to the people when he sent the national guard into Little Rock to allow our children to attend school. LBJ did not listen to the people when he signed the Civil Rights Act.

Presidents should not listen to angry, racist mobs who are stirred up by lies and nonConstitutional rhetoric from power-hungry politicians such as Brewer.

Obama has sent more troops and equipment to the border than even Bush had there. The immigration bill (that should have been passed 10 years ago) with strict penalties against companies who hire immigrants is being held up by the Republicans in Congress. So please write your representatives a letter and ask them to get it done. The Republicans' long delay on this issue is why the illegal immigration situation has gotten so out of control. They are too scared (for their jobs) to take it on.

Posted by: Beeliever | September 2, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

nisleib,

What Sarah Palin lacks in brains, she makes up in eyesight. Her ability to spot the evil Putin, hovering menacingly over Alaska, puts all of our high-tech defenses to shame. In fact, I favor deploying Sarah Palin permanently to somewhere around the Arctic Circle, so she can use her great gifts for the defense of our nation.

Posted by: bearclaw1 | September 2, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

It appears to me that Jan Brewer is mentally ill.

Posted by: wbgonne | September 2, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

If one is going to pick a screen name like Schrodinger's cat, one must expect comments on the name.


And one should not be so sensitive.


And one should expect that people would be uncertain about the whole thing.

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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 2, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

So "the only thing Brewer ultimately really has going for her" is that she passed popular legislation that voters believe meets their needs? Maybe Obama should try that....

Posted by: tomtildrum | September 2, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

@wbgonne,

"It appears to me that Jan Brewer is mentally ill."

I think there is a high likelihood you are right about that. When she blanked out, it reminded me of a great aunt who, in the middle of a conversation, would completely forget what she was talking about. That was the first indication that she was suffering from Alzheimers.

Posted by: bearclaw1 | September 2, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

bearclaw1

Yeah, and she did it again with the reporters after the debate. She really looks off to me.

Posted by: wbgonne | September 2, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Maybe she is pretending to have alzheimers to seem more Reaganesque? /snark

Posted by: nisleib | September 2, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

wbgonne


Something is going on there - at first, I thought she was deciding against reading her prepared remarks - like she decided not to make an issue of what was in the remarks.


But then the comment after the news conference.


The woman was about to lose her primary - she went from last to first - and then Obama sued her - which guaranteed her victory this Fall -


NOT bad - a great set of moves which won the election for her.

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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 2, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Makes Sarah Palin look articulate.

Posted by: thebobbob | September 2, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

@ tomtildren "she passed popular legislation that voters believe meets their needs? Maybe Obama should try that...."


God save our country from any President who would pass "popular laws" demanded by angry,ractist mobs without regard to the rights provided under the Constitution. That's exactly what we would expect from tweet brain Palin and that's why she will never be President.

There are many Latino-Americans in Arizona who are coming home from serving in Iraq. Should they be profiled because of the color of their skin?

Posted by: Beeliever | September 2, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

So Arizona will vote for any idiot as long as they speak against Obama. Impressive voting standards you extremists have. Explains why Republicans are so poor at governing--nothing is expected of them except right-wing race-bating rhetoric that make angry white people feel superior.

Posted by: Beeliever | September 2, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

plgerke wrote "CORRECTION! The Democratic candidate for Governor of Arizona is named TERRY GODDARD (not Steve Goddard as written in your article). As one of his supporters I ask that you at least get his name right"

Why? Goddard is trailing badly in the race and has absolutely no chance of being elected. Voter approval ratings for Jan Brewer have not changed in over three months and she still leads Goddard by over 20% points.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | September 2, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Rachel Maddow had an interesting story last night regarding Jan Brewer's campaign pulling advertising locally due to the content of onehttp://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/ns/msnbc_tv-rachel_maddow_show/ reporter's story:


Posted by: DinOH | September 2, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

This is exactly why women don't belong in a position of power where they have to make impactful decisions. Everything this women attempted to say was based on emotion and when confronted about a mistake, she refuses to answer. I feel bad for the folks in Arizona. That is as unprofessional of a "speech" and interview as I've seen. It’s her job TO TALK and tell us what her plans are. Yet, her angle is hide behind wrongdoings. Not good.

Posted by: lancegiles23 | September 2, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

This is exactly why women don't belong in a position of power where they have to make impactful decisions. Everything this women attempted to say was based on emotion and when confronted about a mistake, she refuses to answer. I feel bad for the folks in Arizona. That is as unprofessional of a "speech" and interview as I've seen. It’s her job TO TALK and tell us what her plans are. Yet, her angle is hide behind wrongdoings. Not good.

Posted by: lancegiles23 | September 2, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

"This is exactly why women don't belong in a position of power where they have to make impactful decisions."

Brewer's incompetence has nothing to do with her gender. Jacka**.

Posted by: schrodingerscat | September 2, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are giving running for office a whole new meaning. If the press asks you a question that you don't dare answer, turn and run for cover.

But Brewer does show signs of mental impairment.

Posted by: ceflynline | September 2, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Ok, enough bashing of women in politics. There are certainly plenty of examples of male politicians biffing it.

Anyway, I reside in Arizona and Governor Brewer's performance strengthens my conviction that we should rechristen ourselves "The Whack-a-doodle State."

Sadly, she probably will be elected....sigh.

Posted by: charlotte14 | September 2, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

After this debate, it’s clear that there should be more. If Jan Brewer agrees to another debate I'll be surprised.

http://aznow.biz/columnists/dont-expect-second-gubernatorial-debate

Posted by: kimmer2 | September 2, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

The ongoing implosion of the progressive/democratic party is so vividly evident in the angst of all this commentary about a momentary gaffe, one must be constantly reminded that the "annointed one"s gaffes per minute would be excacerbated 10 fold merely by taking away his teleprompter.

I assure you that a Jan Brewer/ POTUS debate would leave all of you gasping for air if the ever-present teleprompter was missing.

See you turkeys in November; you're done.

Posted by: GoldBeachBiker | September 3, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

In a sane world her candidacy would have been over 10 minutes into the debate.
But then we live in Arizona.

Posted by: concoran | September 3, 2010 2:35 AM | Report abuse

Jan Brewer is an American hero. She may not be a good debater but she has the right idea.

Outlaw "immigrants" are swarming across America in untold numbers. America cannot afford to have yet another, large, aggrieved minority.

America cannot continue to be the dumping ground for Mexico's unwanted humanity. The Mexican elite view America in exactly that way and our sucker president and congress seem not to care.

Throw the bums out, ASAP!

Posted by: battleground51 | September 3, 2010 5:38 AM | Report abuse

Was anyone rude enough to ask how Phoenix's rank in the top four safest big US cities is consistent with the hyperbolic Republican talk of immigrant crime?

Posted by: rhallnj | September 3, 2010 6:49 AM | Report abuse

Obama Flubs:

"In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died -- an entire town destroyed." --on a Kansas tornado that killed 12 people

"UPS and FedEx are doing just fine, right? It's the Post Office that's always having problems." –attempting to make the case for government-run healthcare, while simultaneously undercutting his own argument, Portsmouth, N.H., Aug. 11, 2009

"The reforms we seek would bring greater competition, choice, savings and inefficiencies to our health care system." --in remarks after a health care roundtable with physicians, nurses and health care providers, Washington, D.C., July 20, 2009

"No, no. I have been practicing...I bowled a 129. It's like -- it was like Special Olympics, or something." --making an off-hand joke during an appearance on "The Tonight Show", March 19, 2009 (Obama later called the head of the Special Olympics to apologize)

"What I was suggesting -- you're absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith..." --in an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, who jumped in to correct Obama by saying "your Christian faith," which Obama quickly clarified (Watch video clip)

"I'm here with the Girardo family here in St. Louis." --speaking via satellite to the Democratic National Convention, while in Kansas City, Missouri, Aug. 25, 2008

"Let me introduce to you the next President -- the next Vice President of the United States of America, Joe Biden." --slipping up while introducing Joe Biden at their first joint campaign rally, Springfield, Illinois, Aug. 23, 2008

"On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes -- and I see many of them in the audience here today -- our sense of patriotism is particularly strong."

"I've now been in 57 states -- I think one left to go." --at a campaign event in Beaverton, Oregon (Watch video clip)

"Why can't I just eat my waffle?" --after being asked a foreign policy question by a reporter while visiting a diner in Pennsylvania

"It's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations." --explaining his troubles winning over some working-class voters

"The point I was making was not that Grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn't. But she is a typical white person, who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know, you know, there's a reaction that's been bred in our experiences that don't go away and that sometimes come out in the wrong way, and that's just the nature of race in our society."

"Come on! I just answered, like, eight questions." --exasperated by reporters after a news conference

Posted by: fury60 | September 3, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

I will say that she is the best debater among all teabagheads / conservatives.

Posted by: letemhaveit | September 3, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

After watching Fox News, especially Glenn Beck, spewing on about universities being nothing but communistic conversion camps, and "don't send your children there!". .then you know we will see more people like Brewer, Angle, Palin, Rand - the uneducated, the ignorant. racist. They are taking over this country slowly but surely and its frightening to see the dumbing down of America happening right in front of us and very few are standing up to this hillbilly nonsense.

Posted by: GenuineRisk | September 3, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

The teabagheads -now awake- clearly miss that moron w.

Posted by: letemhaveit | September 3, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Wow, I did not know the crypt keeper was the governor of Arizona!

Posted by: johng1 | September 3, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Ha!! She will win in a landslide!! Nice try!!

Posted by: veritas7 | September 3, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Ha!! She will win in a landslide!! Nice Try WAPO. It sure is going to be an interesting final two months of the campaign.

Posted by: veritas7 | September 3, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Oh, the humanity. Jan Brewer freezes for a couple of seconds. I can't remember how many mmmms and aaaahs I've heard coming out of Obama's mouth during an unrehearsed conversation. The man is lost without a teleprompter. I don't think he has an original thought in his head.

Posted by: seraphina2 | September 3, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Ha!! She will win in a landslide!! Nice Try WAPO. It sure is going to be an interesting final two months of the campaign.

Posted by: veritas7 | September 3, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

There are no beheadings, apparently just frontal lobotomies, an especially good one on brewer, great performance btw; gee, I want that imbecile as my governor. She reacted like her forefather reagan in the Mondale debate. Duh, duh, duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Posted by: mtravali | September 3, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Can anyone blame her for being a bit distracted, what with all the headless bodies littering the streets of Phoenix ?

Posted by: dinopello | September 3, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

She does not travel with a teleprompter like the annointed one does. And then there is Robert Gibbs. Uhhhhhh Uhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Has the man never been to Toast Masters to learn to speak in Public? She is going to win regardless. Yes, nice try WAPO. Liberals are going down faster then Monica Lewinsky............LOL. Hey anybody seen Rahm Emanuel? Is he in witness protection program? Liberals Suck!

Posted by: Cobra2 | September 3, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

The sad thing is, among these tea party types, Brewer is probably the smart one in the room. Little wonder that these right wing "leaders" spend all of their time preaching to the choir. Brewer doesn't have the guts to participate in more than one debate, and we can clearly see why. Also, just like Palin, Brewer can't seem to find the intestinal fortitude to take questions from the media unless they're pre-scripted softballs from a right wing propoganda tool like Faux News. She's afraid of "gotcha" questions, such as "what newspapers do you read?" LOL What an embarrassment these people are.

Posted by: sonny2 | September 3, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

You idiot Liberals try and play games. Have you been to AZ lately? Neither has the President but he like most Liberals is a know it all. The US has more then enough uneducated/unskilled immigrants from the South. They do not stimulate the economy. Put the military on the border, enforce the current immigration laws on the books and quit playing politics on the issue. We all see what mass immigration from poor countries has done to our School System, Welfare programs and Hospitals. Liberals Suck!

Posted by: Cobra2 | September 3, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

These teabagheads like cobra2 clearly miss the stupidity of that moron and other idiots.

Posted by: letemhaveit | September 3, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Given enough political rope, politicians hang themselves. This is true for both sides. I can say this about the right wingers, they make politics a very entertaining subject.

Posted by: UnknownHenson | September 3, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

After the debate, Brewer REFUSES to answer to reporters why she lied about beheadings in the desert:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ray_1ROtYdI

Posted by: wooda | September 3, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

We all have bad moments but that was pretty bad. However, she will probably get away with it and get elected anyway because of the way Arizona seems to vote. Brewer, like Palin, seems to have a problem answering questions that are not scripted for her. I would think the voters would definitely want another debate and be concerned if she did not agree to it.

Posted by: sharronkm | September 3, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

The tea partiers and rednecks in AZ who support the governor don't care about the truth - they'll vote for Brewer because she's populist, who, like them, believes what she wants to believe regardless of the truth.

Posted by: borntorun45 | September 3, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Arizona Voters=STUPID
very stupid.
Of course they do live in a desert.
Gotta be stupid.

Posted by: strictly_liberal | September 3, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

greg, it's too bad you werent worried about "basic facts" about illegal immigration into this country when you alleged that SB 1070 was nazi-like and legalized racial profiling. the moment the public found out Brewer's law merely mirrored enforced a federal law already on the books is the moment the dems lost this election and all credibility with independent voters.

Posted by: dummypants | September 3, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Apparently her majesty has her own world views challenged so little, so infrequently, she didn't know what to say?

Like others, I am suspicious of her command of English.

May we see her papers, please?

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | September 3, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

The tea partiers and rednecks in AZ who support the governor don't care about the truth
*******

oh but progressives and "negros" do?

think before you speak mr. "i hate rednecks".

fact is, jane brewer out smarted barack obama on this and stands with 70% of the country. immigration is obama's terry schiavo moment. its shows the hypocrisy of his activist government stance just as schiavo showed the hypocrisy of conservative's anti-big government stance. and every day obama sticks with his pro-illegal immigration stance and every new law suit Eric Holder files against AZ, the more and more surreal Obama's position becomes.

Posted by: dummypants | September 3, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse


Just saw both clips again.

Wow.

Now I know where all the real journalists in America now live.

In Arizona.

Although I'm not sure of the journalistic value of twitting on tweeter "live" during a debate that I am presumably watching???

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | September 3, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I think she has taken too much coke or morphine. This broad is visibly on hard drugs!

Posted by: fgominho | September 3, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Jan Brewer the liar.

Why are there so many liars amongst the Republican ranks?

All of them just liar's, and why is this one talking about herself in the third person like some freaking two year old.

This woman has seriously got some issue. I bet the Tea Party loves her though.

After all, she has kept the state of AZ., safe from all of those headless bodies lying around in Arizona.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | September 3, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I think that she represents her Zonies very well.

Posted by: whocares666 | September 3, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Are all republican politicians this retarded?

Posted by: question-guy | September 3, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

this is really big news, someone forgets what they want to say and the press is all over it. If it were a Demo, all they would have to do is squeeze their butts, the forgotten words would flow back into their brains, and they would remember all the Bull $H1t that they had previously forgotten.

Posted by: dy19spider57 | September 3, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

...she said, "Road to hoe".

C'mon - why do we elect self-important village idiots?

It's "Row to hoe".

I'll wager you voters in AZ expected her to be actually educated, along with being female, and all that other mom/apple pie/ country BS she's serving up for more morons of AZ.

God, another nitwit in public office.

Heads up! M. Whitman is another one you'll need to do a reality check on.

Posted by: pgibson1 | September 3, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Looks like she lost her wireless connection to whoever was feeding her her talking points.

Posted by: solsticebelle | September 3, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

The debate was one of the funniest I have ever seen. I nearly coughed up a chunk of lung from laughing so hard. How is it possible for this creature to become the governor of a state in the United States of America? Forget the fact that her delivery makes one think of a 9th grade dropout, or that she looks and sounds like a barfly from a crumbling clapboard gin joint 80 miles from Phoenix. The only things missing are a cigarette hanging from her wizened lips and twenty inches of teased, bleached blond hair covering that microcephalic head of hers. What has happened to this country? Are we in a state of irreversible and precipitous decline? If she wins the election, we simply must build a quarantine fence around Arizona or impose compulsory sterilization of every adult who votes for her.

Posted by: Nabuccodonosor | September 3, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

I live in San Antonio, Texas. Although you want to put Jan Brewer down for telling the public that these Drug trafficers are be-heading people.

This statement in TRUE.. at least here in Texas it is. Laredo, Texas is also known for High Drug Trafficing, and Mafia related activities.

I know this because I live only 3 hours away from Laredo. These illegal immigrants (Mexican Mafia) are killing our police removing their heads and placing them in small ice chest for the Police to find.

This is ALL OVER THE BOARDER. Mrs. Brewer may not be able to disclose the details because she is in a HUGE LITIGATION SUIT WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNEMENT. Any thing she say's will be held against her, so she has to make sure everything she says is protected against OBAMA'S ATTORNEYS who will eat her alive if she makes a statmenet that contains 1 slight error in it and it COULD COST HER THE SUIT.

Research the beheadings in Laredo Texas if Mexican Mafia are doing it hear, you can almost guarantee they are doing it in Arizona.

This is a Message Being Sent by the Mexican Mafia to the United States Police Department. they WILL KILL ANYONE WHO GETS IN THEIR WAY!

STAND BEHIND JAN BREWER, THE OTHER JACKASS KNOWS SHES IN A POSTION THAT SHE CAN NOT TALK ABOUT THE DETAILS OF THE INVASION, AND MADE HER LOOK LIKE A FOOL.

I HATE DEMOCRATES, THEY ARE EVIL EVIL PEOPLE!

Posted by: starlite3463 | September 5, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Lies & fear are powerful weapons against democracy and are the weapons of choice for Brewer’s campaign firm, Higher Ground. An ironic name for a firm that has taken anything but the “higher ground,” electing instead to construct a political platform out of lies, bigotry and fear. From the beginning, Brewer’s campaign was strategically designed to instill irrational fear by feeding lies to the media about the escalating crime in Arizona due to immigrants, an out and out lie, as revealed by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics, which clearly show the violent crime rate in Arizona has been declining since 2006. One only needs to read the latest report for the truth: crime in Arizona and our border states is at its lowest level since 1973.

Posted by: ProfessorSurfer | September 5, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

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