Birthers, Birchers, and Assorted Republinuts Let Their Freak Flags Fly, While Dems Become the Party of Pot

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I have a terrible confession: I heart Sand Land Republicans.

For a sheer boredom-killer, there's nothing like a congregation of them, such as at the Arizona GOP's mandatory January meeting, where I'm always entertained.

Where else can you watch a pretty conservative five-term U.S. senator be censured by his own party because he's not wingnutty enough?


Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Birther Press Conference

Or see John Birch Society members slug it out with states' rights advocates over a constitutional convention that never will happen?

Much less observe the passage of a resolution calling for the abolition of the 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which instituted the direct election of U.S. senators?

Sorry, Dems, you guys just can't compete.

Democrats hold a state meeting the same day in January as their GOP foils. This year, they had just three resolutions: one aimed at the American Legislative Exchange Council, an anti-fracking proposal, and a resolution supporting the legalization of pot.

The ALEC-basher was tabled, but the other two passed. The Dems now officially are Arizona's Pot Party, which is cool, though Ds may be even duller stoned.

Nothing mellow or dull about Arizona GOPers, who wear their wackiness on the sleeves, as they did this past Saturday at Grace Community Church in Tempe.

There, the censure of U.S. Senator John McCain was a triumph for the state Republicans' dominant faction, known by GOP moderates and everyone else as "the crazies."

In Arizona, the crazies are at perennial war with the so-called RiNOs, or Republicans in Name Only, the label that party moon-howlers give their non-insane brethren.

McCain is the top RiNO in the crazies' eyes, but they've never been able to vote him out.

In 2010, McCain bested the crazies' candidate, former congressman and radio lip-flapper J.D. Hayworth, by 24 points in a GOP primary.

Thus, democracy is suspect to the crazies, because even though their party controls Arizona, their faction does not enjoy the ascendancy they believes it deserves.

Which goes a long way toward explaining some of the resolutions (submitted as a package by the party's resolutions committee) that were passed on a voice vote.

This package included a resolution supporting Joe Arpaio, one against "amnesty," another praising the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (which deals with states' rights), a resolution that would ditch Republican primaries in favor of a caucus system, and a call for repeal of the 17th Amendment.

In the case of the caucus suggestion, nominees would be picked by party crazies, not voting Republicans at large, who are far more moderate than the activists who give up their Saturdays to vote on meaningless resolutions.

As for the 17th Amendment repeal, it'd take three-fourths of the states to repeal what the states ratified in 1913.

Doing so would return the nation to the corrupt process of letting the geniuses in our state legislatures pick U.S. Senators.

The 17th Amendment repeal and the caucus-primary swap are fave ideas of disgraced, recalled former state Senate President Russell Pearce, who currently serves as first vice chair of the Arizona GOP.

In fact, he authored a similar package of resolutions that passed the Maricopa County Republican Committee a couple of weeks before the state meeting.

No doubt Pearce would like a way to get into Congress without having to worry about winning over the electorate.

Alas, these resolutions are all pie in the sky. Nothing short of divine intervention can revive Pearce's moribund career, and God sure ain't on his side.

Sheriff Joe was on hand to blow some hot air and naturally received a standing ovation from the party faithful before and after his remarks.

He also earned general applause for declaring that he's still investigating President Obama's birth certificate.

Birtherism, the most debunked conspiracy theory in the history of conspiracy theories, remains red meat for these Rs. It's a divorce from reality that could rival Jared Loughner's.

After his speech, I asked Joe whether he believed Obama was born in Kenya.

Joe replied that he was merely stating that Obama's birth certificate was a "forged document."

Arpaio told me, "I don't know where he was born — that's not the issue."

I'm pretty sure that was the issue, Joe, for those dumb enough to buy that Jerome Corsi-World Nut Daily caca.

The sheriff denied that taxpayer money is getting used to pay for the snipe hunt. Or that he likes to mention the birther stuff because he knows he can score donations off it.

Arpaio, who is no McCain fan, would not say whether he supported the anti-McCain resolution.

However, when asked by reporters, other politicos present said they were against it. Among them: congressmen Trent Franks and Paul Gosar and gubernatorial candidates Christine Jones and Doug Ducey.

The censure resolution was not part of the package offered by the leadership. So censure author Timothy Schwartz and his fellow McCain-haters had to score enough signatures to put it to a vote.

Schwartz and his cohorts, backed by Pearce and county GOP Chair A.J. LaFaro, easily exceeded the number required.

A McCain censure had passed at the county party meeting, and as most of the state committeemen are from this county, passage at the state committee was all but assured.

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FRONTERA
FRONTERA

thx yo all for mi rants, best blog from  phx to punta cobra, and scew that pot belly bastard jo arpio...

don62156
don62156

I truly appreciate the AZ GOP -- they are good for so many laughs (when I'm not too terrified of what they actually try to do).

Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

The GOP bent over to the extreme right, and now they can't get rid of them.

DNichols
DNichols

Mr. Lemons thank you for calling Arizona "Sand Land" this is a nicer way of saying "G.O.P. Desert Racist Wasteland".

DNichols
DNichols

Why was Russell Pearce not charged with Election Rigging, and Manipulating in his un believable Scheme to Siphon votes using the wonderful Mrs. Cortez during his recall election?!!

This was a Class Five Felony, and Pearce should be sporting M.C.S..O. Pink Panties for a couple of years, not running the Racist Arizona G.O.P.

How many more Child Murdering G.O.P. Neo Nazi's has Pearce Hugged, and Babtized into the L.D.S. Church?!

To any Honest, and or Normal Members of the Arizona G.O.P. How in the Hell can you associate with such Racist Trash as Arpaio, Pearce, or thier Hate Group Following including Minute Man Leader, and Child Molester Chris Simcox?

You G.O.P. Members must truly be proud of the Tyrants, and Racist you hang with.

To: Liberty

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Please secede Arizona. It would greatly improve America to shed itself of the ignorance that has, and continues to be the dominant political and social force in this state.



robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

Nope, the GOP will win. Obama has screwed up the Dems chances of any win.

EgregiousPhilbin
EgregiousPhilbin

Biggest bunch of whack-a-doodle fringe nutters around.  Seriously, how do these speds function in normal society?  Sarcasm, the best weapon around, because the nutters will never understand that everyone is laughing at them.  Hell, they are STILL in denial that JD "I want to marry my horse" Hayworth lost....by 24 points.


As they say in the South about someone that is mentally impaired..."bless their hearts"

DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

Rumors have it that the AZ  GOPT Party have agreed on a new theme song for their next convention. "We've always been crazy, but now we are going insane", an old Waylon Jennings song they modified slightly to fit the Party agenda. Good choice!

Bill Hill
Bill Hill

I think David Crosby would be appalled to know you used his "freak flags" lyric to describe these guys. :)

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

It is a matter of time before Arizona republicans destroy themselves. Russell Pearce is running it like he did his campaigns. First he was against recalls because any sensible republican could beat him in his own neighborhood, now he is against primaries. See a pattern? It's a doomed and sinking ship. All they accomplished with the censuring of McCain is it will probably cost Arizona the 2016 Republican convention. That is lots of money and revenue. 


Robert Johnston
Robert Johnston

more reasons I left the Republican party, and I don't even smoke pot

robert_graham
robert_graham topcommenter

Another dumb LIBTARD story with no meaning.

barbaraespinosa1
barbaraespinosa1

Not All Arizona Republican’s Censured Senator John McCain It Was A Small Faction To set the record straight NOT ALL Arizona Republicans were at the January 11th or January 25th meeting that censured Senator John McCain. There are 1,129,845 registered Republicans in Arizona.

1   The January 25th meeting was attended by 704 of the 1658 elected state committeeman representing their districts, Arizona Republican Party spokesman Tim Sifert told Politico. According to party rules  20 percent of the state’s committee members from at least four counties had to sign off on the measure to bring it to the floor. Signatures were being collected in parking lot, without asking if you were a voting member. It was a voice vote with the possibility of non-voting members lending their voice to the vote.  2    A resolution passed that's not worth the paper it was written or the time it took to bring it to the floor. A very small group of Republicans that cast a negative shadow on all Arizona Republicans are responsible.        No One knows if only those with legitimate voting rights were the only ones in the voice vote, were there non-elected state committeeman in the room? No One knows for sure. Voice Vote Video Bottom line AZGOP Chairman Robert Graham could have stopped the voice vote of the resolution with parliamentary procedure by asking for a paper ballot. By not using parliamentary procedure he allowed the fiasco to incur. Timothy Schwartz is Chairman of LD 30 DOES NOT represent all of the AZGOP. Watch Chris Matthews tear Schwartz apart on Hardball. Info on: The January 11th meeting was the Maricopa County Republican Committee, which is the
Precinct committee of each legislative district. 935 of approximately 3,000 attended the meeting and carried 711 proxies. The McCain censure vote was 1,150.

TommyCollins
TommyCollins topcommenter

My $20 and your $20, Mr. Lemons, and maybe we can sucker LaFaro into double or nothing, eh?


If only these Arizona goobers realized the damage they are doing to the Republican party.... sheesh.


I will give Sen. McCain this much credit, at least he recognizes a tea bag when he smells bovine excrement.


I can't say that I'm ready to vote for him again, of course. Time will tell.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Lefty lemons the liberal loon.  Crapola on a stick!

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

and speaking of bending over.........................

Jazus, you make simpleton comments.

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

@DNichols The further right the "R" 's keep going the more sane and reasonable the Dems. keep looking .

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@robert_graham and with your record of 0 correct out of several thousand predictions people should listen to you why?????


Hey, where is my subpoena Robert? You know, the one you said you delivered to my mom... after you dug her up that is... 

FRONTERA
FRONTERA

@DPSnAZ great song  ,but im afraid your your puttin WAYLON in a bad light...

ConcernedCitizenAZ
ConcernedCitizenAZ topcommenter

@dennis20 Unfortunately, they're self-destructing the state and its people, in the process. 


DPSnAZ
DPSnAZ

@robert_graham 

Intellectually helpless and emotionally unstable, just like Michael Grimm!

danzigsdaddy
danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@robert_graham sure it does. it meant to draw your ire and consternation, and since you are on here griping (yet again) it seems to have worked

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

@barbaraespinosa1 Hey-it is your party so you can cry if you want to but from what I've seen, this is what the Az. GOP became when it has elected Russell Pearce three years in a row. Those votes weren't gathered in the parking lot Barb so deal with it or stand up to them publically. Or better yet, become a democrat. 

TheyCallMeMrTibbs
TheyCallMeMrTibbs

@barbaraespinosa1  

"A very small group of Republicans that cast a negative shadow on all Arizona Republicans are responsible" 


C'mon, Barb, no one even bothered to call "division." And why didn't any prominent Rs speak against it? The fact the chair did nothing also goes to show u that the moderates are wussies that let the crazies walk all over them.


Take your party back. Because the gumbys have it right now.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrCPIrs90eg


fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@robert_grahamcracker I bet you wish there was a GOP in Mexico.  Perhaps then you would have stayed home and complained in your own country.  

barbaraespinosa1
barbaraespinosa1

@dennis20 @barbaraespinosa1 I do why do you think I wrote the article to expose how the signatures were collected. I'm not a state committeeman so I wasn't inside the building when the voice vote was taking place.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@vagabond545454 @fishingblues Well vag (short for pussy), when one deals with shit-stains, shit-heads, shit-heels, pieces of shit and shitty-ass little twinks like you all day, it is bound to come up.

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@barbaraespinosa1 @TheyCallMeMrTibbs 

Which means a couple of things


1. No one bothered to check the rules and make sure, which means they were not really interested in standing up to the 'wackos' or in standing up for what they thought was right

2. No one bothered to fight it because they didn't think it was important enough


Either way, it still falls on that 'large group' you speak of that they didn't stand up.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@vagabond545454 @fishingblues Hey pussy, what the hell does "your (sic) a sick puppy" mean?  If you are too stupid to use the contraction 'you're', say you are.

Fuck, it is difficult trying to help the truly stupid.

And doctor, why would it be premature?  I'm 95 and can still kick your fat, monkey ass.  

vagabond545454
vagabond545454

@fishingblues@vagabond545454


Profanity, feces obsession, deviant, your a sick puppy! I am laughing at you bubba, all that anger, pent up emotional distress is bringing you one step closer to that premature cardiac arrest!

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@robert_grahamcracker @fishingblues  

cracker - you are essentially a non-entity until you become legal. Your opinion does not count in this country.  Why is that so difficult for you to understand? 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@robert_grahamcracker @fishingblues  

"The lady doth protest too muchmethinks"   Did you study Hamlet in Mexico?

Paid?  You mean people can actually get paid to give loony liberals a had time?  

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