Jan Brewer, the Sarah Palin of the Desert

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

Jan Brewer is a lousy Governor. As Brewer positions herself as the new darling of the GOP her handlers are wishing that anti-immigrant passions will obfuscate any real analysis of her performance as an appointed head of a State. However any objective view of her performance to date indicates that Jan Brewer is the Sarah Palin of the Desert.

In an attempt to curry favor with Arizona’s’ right wing base Brewer has made her state a pariah among the young, the ethnic, and the creative class in America. This is bad news for any state that is so dependent on tourist dollars that their license plate slogan is dedicated to their largest attraction. It is also bad for any state that wants to attract new economic ventures.

Here is a litany of Brewers malfeasance: In a time of recession Brewer has decided that it is her mission to move 400,000 consumers to competing states. In a time of fiscal austerity Brewer has decided to spend public funds defending a growing list of lawsuits that while some of which she might win all will end up lessening the prosperity of the Grand Canyon State. In a short period of time Brewer has distinguished her state among the future’s largest tourist blocks as a place to avoid. As a gift that won’t stop giving the PR damage is to be suffered not only by her but also by her political party. In short Jan Brewer is the BP disaster of Arizona and like her gulf counterpart not even an iron top hat can stop the damage she is causing.

The fact that the media has failed to provide an analysis of Brewers track record indicates the intoxicating pull of anti-immigrant fervor. So far Brewer has lied about Arizona crime rates, claimed that immigrants are responsible for nonexistent beheadings, and told her state that her decision to sign SB 1070 would have no economic impact on taxpayers. The lack of scrutiny by the mainstream media on her failures so far is utterly remarkable. One must wonder if Brewer would finally receive some critical analysis if she claimed that she had invented the internet.

While many in the media may see themselves above the anti-immigrant activists that now have a stranglehold on Brewers political career the free ride the Governor is receiving indicates that the fog of suspicion cast on immigrants blinds them. Jan Brewer is no more than the offspring of Tom Tancredo and Sarah Palin. In fact her only distinction is that unlike her political parents she has a legitimate job…for now.

Governors are supposed to lead their states out of difficult times. Brewer has led her state into a prolonged difficult period. The fiscal impact on Arizona will soon be tabulated while the devastating social impact is now apparent. Leaders lead, Brewer follows. But if a politician falls in the desert and nobody reports it has it really happened

Join Mario at : Boycott the Police State Known as Arizona

Mario Solis-Marich

Mario Solis-Marich is a radio talk show host who can be heard on AM 760 in Denver and world wide at www.GoToMario.com.

Crossposted with the author’s permission from Huffington Post.


  1. Mad Jayhawk says

    Sarah Palin and Jan Brewer? I am sorry but I didn’t catch the relationship between the two in this article. Was there one? Or was this the usual cheap demonizing tactics of the Democratic Party when they can’t argue the facts. I guess that the author knows that if he mentions Sarah Palin a few people might might be sucked in to read the article no matter how tenuous her relationship to the main point of the article, if there was one.

    The author failed to mention for some reason that 70% of the voters in Arizona approve of SB1070 and that the other 30% either haven’t read it or if they have do not understand it. For some reason I get the idea that the author hasn’t read it either. The administration must have finally read it after almost non-stop violence inciting rhetoric accusing Arizona law enforcement of racial profiling before the law even takes effect because their stupid, wasteful, duplicitous lawsuit doesn’t even mention racial profiling. Why is that? Tell me why. Please. Well, there is pretty simple answer that even the racial-injustice commandos in the Democratic Party who are always ready to parachute into a pitched battle with racists can understand. The Arizona law explicitly prohibits racial profiling. And if an officer racially profiles someone they can be charged with a crime and probably sued. That makes it unlikely that an officer will be making random stops of people at the local ice cream outlet, asking for someone’s ‘papers’ as our wonderful divisiveness prone president suggested they would.

    What is absolutely hilarious is that our federal government is suing a state for trying to enforce laws it won’t while not suing other governments in this country for breaking the laws. This Obama’s brave new world. This is the hopey changey stuff you voted for. Thanks.

    Further, who do you think will be hurt by the boycotts? Big bad corporations? Nasty evil Rich People? Who do you think works in Arizona’s resorts and hotels? If for some reason the boycotts work then the state should take time to explain how the president and the Democrats in sanctuary cities all over the US took little guys’ jobs away and put them on welfare. They should know. The President and his party do not care. Boycotting is a tactic that hurts a lot of innocent people and it is a shame that a party claiming to be for the hardworking American stabs them in the back while supporting people who come here illegally and take many jobs that Americans could do.


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