While Team Brewer’s re-election strategy seems to be based on appealing to moderate voters and gaining favorable coverage from the media, her “I love education and will protect you all from the big bad Republicans” message will not gain her any real support. While education officials will offer praise to her every time she violates the constitution and uses her line item veto pen to increase education funding, those same AEA voice boxes will crucify her come election time while singing the praises of Terry Goddard or whoever is the Democrat candidate. We expect it to be Goddard, but the point is that they don’t care who it is. They will fight to the death for the Democrat candidate regardless. Team Brewer has not figured this out.
That leaves her the media, as she seeks approval and affection from somewhere, anywhere. Saturday’s editorial in the Arizona Republic should pop that balloon for her as well. Entitled “State Suffers From Leadership Deficit“, the op-ed takes virtually everyone to task for the failures at the Capitol, yet does so mostly by blaming the election of conservative Republicans. It declares that the stage was set for all that has occurred when Steve Pierce beat Tom O’Halleran and Al Melvin beat Pete Hershberger. Naturally, the Republic refers to O’Halleran and Hershberger as “middle-of-the-roaders” because they don’t use words like “liberals”. Then it added Brewer taking Napolitano’s position and PRESTO! the stage was set for gridlock.
The op-ed is intellectually dishonest because it has to be in order to serve the Republic’s real purpose, which is to bash Republicans under the guise of “Come on folks, we can do better!” The Republic has largely approved of Brewer’s legislative package and largely approved of the compromise package that fell one vote short in the Senate after having passed the House. And while the Republic likes to create the impression that hard-headed conservatives like Pierce and Melvin are to blame, both of them were Yes votes on the package.
Oddly enough, the only three legislators not singled out for coverage, not named, and not included in any of the groups mentioned, were Senators Carolyn Allen, Ron Gould and Pamela Gorman. Why does the Republic ignore the three votes who blocked the passage of the bill that the Republic was largely alright with? Because it would have distracted from their desired hit on Brewer and conservative Republicans in general.
Team Brewer should learn their lesson from this. Like the AEA, the Republic and much of the media will be pimping for the Democrat candidate regardless of who it is and regardless of who the Republicans nominate. They cannot be won over and their affection cannot be bought, no matter how many taxpayer dollars you lavish on them.