38 thoughts on “AZ-Gov: Jan Brewer Loses Her Head in Debate”

  1. Even though I fear that Arizona is going to shift big to the Republicans this year due to SB1070 and some other things Goddard looks like a really damn good candidate for the Dems. And Brewer seems crazy.

  2. Like Joe McCarthy and the Communism issue, Brewer was not too bright nonentity before grasping on to the immigration issue.  You would hope that enough Arizona would wake up to the fact that she’s an empty suit demagogue, but I doubt it.

  3. In a close race, this would matter, but that’s not he case in AZ this year.  Unless she makes a habit of doing this, it will be forgotten.  She holds up well on the give-and-take of live TV, so I’m just assuming she had a bad night.  She remains the ultimate in lucky by being in the right place at the right time and taking advantage of an idea that was not hers.

  4. I think this would hurt her a lot more if she was running for Governor instead of serving as Governot.

    Messing up an opening statement in a debate like she did hurts incumbents less in my opinion.

  5. To her bizarre statement about her father dying fighting the Nazis (He in fact spent the whole war stateside and died in 1955), and she clearly has a credibility problem.

    I agree with the commenter above that this race might be heading back towards toss-up. This article was a rather succinct rundown of the race. It basically argues that if Dems can neutralize the immigration issue they’ll be back in it, perhaps even favored. If people think that Brewer was lying to them about the severity of the threat, and meanwhile see Goddard running on a record of getting things done on immigration and bringing about tangible results, it gets a lot harder to see what she has to run on.

  6. What a head scratcher. As a relatively univolved outsider, you can’t help thinking, god – is she OK? Does she need some help?

    Sure, maybe it was just a momentary black-out, but it seemed more than that, like she was really just totally out of it.

  7. Made my day! :-) Makes me all warm and fuzzy. I think this will make the local media really hostile to her. Will be lasting help in the rest of the campaign. Any extra donations to Goddard after this? He seems solid.  

  8. That was some high-level political jujitsu jujeitsu karate right there from Goddard. He managed to point out that she’s a liar, highlight his anti-crime credentials, make the case she’s bad for the state, and that she’s hurting the local economy in one fell swoop.

    And hey look, the Arizona media is actually doing its job!  Hooray!

  9. Me and my roommate thoroughly enjoyed this!!!

    At least this election is extremely entertaining….  ::sigh::  She needs to keep this up to be effective.  Although, we still have the fall-out from this to look forward to.  She could pull a Chicken Lady and double-down.

  10. Actually I feel a bit sorry for her. Reminds me of when I ran for VP in High School. I totally froze. Very embarrassing. I was a jock so I prevailed but still I would not wish that anyone. I think the story that was on Maddow last night may be more serious.  

  11. Gov. Brewer’s nervous laughter at her own silence is almost identical to my late Mother’s reaction when she began having problems articluating her thoughts.   My Mother was in her late 40s when she began showing symptoms.  We found out later she had Alzheimer’s Disease.  

    In all seriousness, Gov. Brewer could easily be in the early stages of dimentia or some similar sort of clinical problem.  

  12. The transcript just doesn’t do it justice.

    On Kos site, someone was comparing this to when Patricia Madrid of New Mexico had a similar thing happen to her during a debate, and ended up blowing a lead against Heather Wilson. Anyone have more details of that?  

  13. she’s not calling herself “Jan Brewer Dot Com”.

    And I’d dare say that she’s also a lot less honest than Mr. Marceaux.

  14. But look, she’s been repeating a lie for which she’s produced no evidence, and the media themselves have found no evidence of “desert decapitations” in their investigative work. Because the story is bullshit, she’s now trying to pretend like she never said it at all, and seems to experience selective hearing loss whenever someone brings it up.

    I think it was more them getting off their asses and holding her accountable for false statements.

  15. Don’t get me wrong…I really like Goddard, and I’d vote for him in a heartbeat. But, Jan Brewer is basically the poster child of a hot debate in which her view is supported by a solid majority of the state electorate. She’s not only a rock star among the GOP, but I have to figure she has 60% of Indies under her belt too. It won’t be a complete blowout, given Goddard is a decent candidate, but I hardly think a brain fart will blow a massive lead.

  16. She stumbled out of the gate in her opening statement, searching for words and ending up with ten seconds of dead air.

    In the second clip, she was asked by reporters why she refused to recant her claims about “beheadings in the desert” which Goddard challenged her on during the debate. She ignored the question, repeatedly, culminating in a chorus of shouts from the press scrum calling on her to address the issue. She instead walked away.

  17. I doubt this pratfall will hurt her at all with the Repubs, who have gone cult-crazy.

    Not sure it will hurt her much with the Indies, but it sure sows seeds of doubt. Goddard looked statesmanlike, calm, cool, collected; Brewer looked unprepared, uncool, and uncollected.

    I’m sure it will greatly help Democrats suffering from the enthusiasm gap, up and down the ticket. Democrats will see these clips replayed on TV and feel like very enthusiastically going to the polls. The likely voter pool today includes a lot more Democrats than it did yesterday.

  18. true macaca moment, if not longer.  What made it so special is that Allen was cruising and was talked up for President 2008.

    Oh what a fun election.  My private catholic univ. was abuzz the next day, the Seminarians restless.

  19. remember when racist taunts against people of south asian or middle eastern appearance was politically disadvantageous?

  20. Paused when she was asked about taxes and probably lost because of it. This is worse IMO but Brewer has a much bigger lead to work with. Still, she looks way out of her depth. Remember before the immigration debate she was toast. This is why.

  21. suddenly finding oneself at a loss for words, in a publicized appearance.

    However, I feel that this is a valid issue in the campaign, especially for this executive position, since I’d expect someone in an executive position to have to deal with interacting with the press on the issues of their responsibility.

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