When you grab a tiger by its tail you go where it takes you

21 Mar 2013 11:21 pm
Posted by: Donna

Pity poor Glenn Hamer, President of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry and former executive director of the Arizona Republican Party, for he’s feeling terribly hurt and confused by how mean some of (well, a lot of) his Republican compatriots are being to Governor Brewer over the Medicaid expansion.

Time for adult leadership at county GOP

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus just released a 100-page report on how the Republican Party can attempt to win back the large swaths of the electorate that has abandoned it over the last few election cycles.

The report contains discussion of the party’s posture towards women and minority voters, how young voters view the party and where the party has been deficient in its use of technology and social media.

But no matter what the party does on Twitter and Facebook, it will continue to be viewed as a bastion of angry cranks if outbursts like the one that occurred in yesterday’s state House Appropriations Committee are tolerated.

Apparently Maricopa GOP Chairman A.J. LaFaro didn’t get the Priebus memo. He needs to be consigned to the kiddie table.

For a county party chairman to use his platform for what was supposed to be a discussion on policy to instead blast a Republican governor is offensive enough. But to use such outrageous, unhinged rhetoric is an embarrassment to the entire party structure.

I commend House Speaker Andy Tobin for swiftly condemning LaFaro and calling for his resignation. Gov. Brewer is a good and decent person. No one deserves that sort of treatment, especially her.

Aside from LaFaro’s rhetoric, the hearing was five hours of substantive, thoughtful discussion.

I know the GOP (I am a Republican for those keeping score at home) is better than what was displayed yesterday by one barely-relevant party poo-bah. But that will become an increasingly more difficult case to be made if scenes like the one yesterday are not forcefully condemned.

Hmm…it’s a such a huge mystery why this bastion of angry cranks is so enraged about the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, isn’t it? Couldn’t have anything to do with the twin shibboleths of conservatism today: white-hot hatred of President Obama and the near-religious certainty that poor people are lazy moochers who deserve to suffer, could it? Yeah, I’m pretty sure that this expansion, which as far as they are concerned is literally the Kenyan Usurper handing free stuff to welfare queens, is never going to be acceptable to them. It’s so deeply offensive that it has rendered Jan Brewer from their SB1070 Savior almost three years ago to the “Judas” angrily denounced by the Maricopa GOP Chairman the other day.

As I’ve said before, I applaud Hamer and the Chamber for throwing their support behind the expansion. It’s good economic and human policy. But any hope I might have had for Glenn Hamer doing some honest reflection on what is wrong with his party evaporates when he cites Reince Priebus’s “autopsy” of the election as his guiding star. If you don’t feel like reading the whole thing, I’ll sum it up for you: “We lost in 2012 because not enough voters bought our lies. Let’s lie better!” But even if the GOP managed to craft a perfect line of b.s. to make their policies palatable to the majority of voters who find them repugnant, they still won’t be able to corral the angry cranks who speak more candidly about them. The cranks tend to be present and pontificating at water coolers and backyard barbeques far more often than the glib political surrogates the GOP wants to deploy to explain things nicely to the voting public. And cranks are abundant in the state legislature. And on the internet. Yes indeed, Republicans have a social media problem.

Of course, oftentimes it’s not the unwashed cranks who get caught spilling the beans. The polished “moderate” 2012 Republican Presidential nominee couldn’t even stop himself from cold dissing half the country, right in front of the catering staff. Looks like the lack of adult leadership might go a whole lot farther up the chain.


  1. Comment by Timmys Cat on March 22, 2013 5:05 pm

    This outrageous!

    Calling an elected official an name like that! What’s next Muslim? Or Socialist or Kenyan or or or or HITLER??!! Or 10 Hitlers!!!!! ????

    Cry me river Gooopers. The lunatics you found so useful are turning against you.

    O schadenfreude
    O schadenfreude
    you make me laugh
    ….. my butt off

  2. Comment by Mike Slater on March 22, 2013 6:45 pm

    Jan Brewer is like every other politician that can’t run for the office again. They get “moderate” and what people to like them so they can have a “legacy.”

    She wants her legacy to be Medicaid. Hopefully the Republicans in the legislature will vote it down.

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