Arizona Republicans Found Out Barack Obama Won Re-Election, and Things Got Very Awkward
|Photo by Matthew Hendley|
|Maricopa County Bill Montgomery, stuck with the worst speaking spot of the year.|
At the Arizona Republican Party's election-viewing party at the Hyatt Regency in Phoenix last night, the moment came that precisely none of the scheduled speakers was prepared for -- on a large screen to the right of the stage, Fox News declared that President Obama had won re-election.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Mongtomery was stuck on stage speaking while this came up, and with the 15 minutes before that moment, combined with the 15 minutes after, we found out there is a scenario more awkward than being in a room full of nothing but Republicans -- being in a room full of nothing but really baffled and grouchy Republicans.
This chain of events started with Governor Jan Brewer -- whose mood we'll describe as "bubbly" -- as she took the stage next to the cardboard cutout of Mitt Romney, which remained on the stage throughout this whole process.
Brewer got the heavy cheers for saying she wanted to get "Buh-rack Obama out of the White House."
Based on the statement we're printing next, it appeared that she eventually ran out of reasons to be on the stage.
"I love all of the smiles on all of your faces," Brewer said, followed by a pause. "Love it."
Secretary of State Ken Bennett hopped on the stage next, and by that time, the Fox News screen to his left showed that President Obama had 262 electoral votes in the bag, eight short of securing four more years.
Bennett said his piece for Romney, and as he noticed the attention was starting to go to his left, Secretary of State Bennett (instead of politician Bennett) reminded the crowd that "they count every vote."
Montgomery followed Bennett, and as Montgomery was thanking everyone for their votes against the "top-two primary" proposition, Fox News showed a graphic that covered the entire screen, declaring that President Obama had won.
Despite the fact that everyone else in the room was groaning amongst themselves, Montgomery did the only thing he could do, which was to finish his remarks. He did so, but looked visibly flustered, as it was painfully obvious that he was the only one with a microphone in a room full of people, and just about nobody listened to a word he had to say.
(Continued on next page)