So difficult to choose which deserves the tender attentions of the Smack-o-Matic. So many excellent targets to choose from, so little time.
Let's start with a little news from my former home state. Over the years I lived there, I saw plenty o' lame in Arizona politicians - we are, after all, the state that has foisted Jon Kyl, J.D. Hayworth, and John McCain upon this poor nation, among a great many others so painfully stupid that one wonders how a state so beautiful can elect so many dumbfucks. But Jan Brewer is vying for the title of Dumbshit of the Decade.
Folks, we are talking about a governor - an actual sitting governor - who can't even make a simple opening statement in a debate:
Video at the link. But wait! There's more!It really is bizarre, and kind of painful to watch. An opening statement is the easy part -- a quick introduction, highlight a few talking points, something about getting stuff done, ask for support, and move on. It's the part of a debate in which folks tend to memorize a short spiel so they come across as competent and set a good impression for the rest of the debate.
Brewer just had a breakdown of sorts. Worse, she seems to be referring to notes in front of her -- which would seemingly tell her what to say if she forgets -- but which didn't help.
By my count, there's a full nine seconds in which a stumped Brewer says literally nothing. That may not sound like a long time, but on the air, during a debate, it's an eternity.
Friends. Countrymen. Arizonans. If you elect this nitwit, thus condemning my beautiful former state to several more years of inane Con artistry wrapped up in a ball of burning stupid, I shall never ever forgive you.During an exchange on the economy, state Attorney General Terry Goddard, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, noted that it doesn't help the state when its governor tells the nation that Arizona is a dangerous place, unsafe for tourists and investors. He was referencing an incident in which Brewer insisted that immigrants entering the U.S. illegally are responsible for "beheadings" in the Arizona desert. The governor appears to have just made the claim up out of whole cloth, as part of a larger attempt at shameless demagoguery.
During the debate, Brewer refused to comment on her own allegations, so after the event, reporters followed up. The frighteningly unprepared governor, unable to think of a response, froze, said nothing, and then literally fled.
In other news, Sheriff Joe's getting his ass sued by the DOJ. Good.
And, in case you haven't had your fill o' burning stupid, Mr. Dan "Bike Riding Programs Are a Dastardly UN Plot for WORLD DOMINATION!!1!!!" Maes is at it again, this time spinning hair-raising tales of his daring deeds in the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Perhaps he got reality confused with a novel he's read, because he never actually worked for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
Where the hell does the GOP keep finding these morons?