Arizona Republic Thinks Arizona Dems Owe Jan Brewer a Thank You for Vetoing Humiliating "Birther Bill"

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The Arizona Republic thinks Democratic Party Chairman Andrei Cherny owes Jan Brewer a thank you.
Usually, common sense and rational decision making is expected from elected officials -- unless you're the Arizona Republic's editorial board. If that's the case, gratitude apparently is required for someone who is simply not a lunatic in a position of power.

Given the number of nut-jobs running the asylum in Arizona, perhaps the Republic's right -- acknowledging sanity might inspire more of it --  but Arizona Democratic Party Chairman Andrei Cherny disagrees with the idea that elected leaders should be thanked for using common sense.

Last week, Arizona's paper of record penned a piece bashing Arizona Democrats for not thanking Governor Jan Brewer after she vetoed the "Birther Bill."

The bill would have forced presidential candidates to prove their U.S. citizenship -- in some cases, by means of a documented description of a candidate's penis -- before their name's allowed on the ballot in Arizona, despite it already being a federal requirement to land the job.

In short, the bill was humiliating for Arizona -- a state that already has a few PR problems.

The Republic's piece points out that following Brewer's veto of the bill -- and other bills loathed by Arizona's left -- "the minority party just couldn't play nice. They just could not say thanks."

How would you even thank someone for vetoing such an embarrassing, conspiracy theory-based bill -- "hey, thanks for not being nuts, too?"

The Republic's article called out Cherny, in particular, who today fired back.

"Have we truly come to expect so little of our leaders that we now need to be grateful to them for not enshrining a fringe conspiracy theory into state law?" Cherny says in a statement. "I believe that public officials should clear a little bit higher bar before I need to rush out and buy them a thank you note."

Cherny goes on to outline some issues that could have warrant a thank you from Arizona Dems -- and maybe even flowers.

* After five years of the worst job loss in Arizona history, they could have
taken a single, solitary action that would help businesses create, not shed,
jobs -- and a lobbyist-sponsored giveaway that takes effect three years from now
doesn't count.

* They could have listened to business leaders like former Intel CEO Craig
Barrett and invested in our schools instead of slashing public education and
they could have funded it by collecting some of the hundreds of thousands of
dollars in taxes owed, but not paid, by our biggest corporations.

* With Phoenix facing the highest property crime rates in America, they might
have not forced our local governments to take cops off our streets.

* When our hospitals and doctors offered ways to avoid massive cuts to healthcare, they could have worked with them instead of eliminating tens of
thousands of jobs and overcrowding our hospital emergency rooms.

* They could have reformed government to make it work better and waste less
instead of authorizing runaway spending that imposed more debt on my children
than in all the rest of Arizona's history combined.

* When Russell Pearce had a virulently racist letter read on the floor of our
state legislature, even one single Republican in high office could have had
the courage to stand up and denounce him.

Cherny goes on to plead with supporters for money to help keep the majority Republican Party in check and prevent further far-right-wing-nut legislation from making it all the way to the governor's desk.

See the full Republic article here.


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helentroy4
helentroy4

Hey, I'm not as stupid as the Arizona Republic editorial board. Brewer has been told by her advisors that Pearce and Arpaio are sliding down the slippery slope to oblivion. That they will become irrelevant sooner rather than later.

If Arpaio and Pearce weren't busy saving their own butts, you can be sure that Brewer would have signed onto this bill making it law. She should be judged by her preponderance of actions in the past year and after her election and not by this one 'incident' of vetoing the birther bill.

Janet Napolitano had to cave to Arpaio and repeatedly give him a pass rather than distance herself from him. He hold a lot of cards, and secrets, concerning her in the locked top drawer of his desk. I would imagine she is very pleased to put Arpaio in her rear view mirror and probably will keep him there. Or maybe not.

Rob
Rob

And the point in thanking her would be?Hasn't it already been stated that a reworked version with different language will be introduced next that the Governor is expected to sign? It will be the election year, after all.

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Not surprised
Not surprised

Okay, I'll belly up to the bar.

Thank you Ms. Brewer, thank you for at least this once, not being as stupid as your counterparts in the senate and house, thank you for vetoing the stupid birther bill and the stupid guns on campus bill.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Wow! A Dem with a set of nuts... who woulda thought it possible. Andre is my hero of the moment. Imagine what life could be like with Felicia as attorney general. A state attorney general actually willing to fight corruption..... now THERE is a concept. Did you catch that, Mr. Horne? Nah.... I was probably typing too quickly for him to keep up.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

That is like thanking someone for not kicking me in the balls.

Schadenfriend
Schadenfriend

Well, the least they could do is fire off a few celebratory rounds from the new official state gun. That's good legislatin'! Yee Ha!

XSoldier
XSoldier

Jan's return to sanityland was a temporary one. We need to make sure that it becomes a permanent one. Cherny should be glad that Jan got a brain hemisphere and opted to NOT make Arizona look like a total ass with the birther bill.

Cherny and the Dems just need to suck it up and say Thank You Jan.

X is an X for a reason
X is an X for a reason

X - pull out your service weapon and do us all a favor!!! You completely missed the point.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

XSoldier states: Cherny and the Dems just need to suck it up and say Thank You Jan.

Why, because the Repulsive's editorial board says so?

WTF!

I'm not sure of the 200 or so bills passed during this last legislative session if one was geared towards creating jobs in Arizona. That's what we need and what we should thank our legislators for, not stupid legislation that does zero to help constiuents here in Arizona.

XSoldier
XSoldier

Because Jan grew a brain hemisphere and actually vetoed a useless do-nothing bill. I think you need to read my post again.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

I think Gerry_C said it best. It's like thanking someone for NOT kicking you in the balls. Mrs. Brewer didn't do it for the Democrats. She did it for Mrs. Brewer. So she could say that she is saving the state thousands or millions of taxpayer dollars on the legal fight that would result. Not to mention she was coached by the majority of the Republican party to kill it at her level so they would get credit for passing it.

No, Mrs. Brewer. No one needs to thank you for finally doing the right thing. We were hopeful it might happen eventually.

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