Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is beset by nationwide condemnation
and the threat of potentially damaging
boycotts for her state's controversial immigration law, which remains popular with
Arizonans. So the Republican governor, who is running for reelection
in November, has turned to an unusual figure to save her and her state: a singing frog puppet. Brewer's campaign has released a Muppet-like
campaign ad in which a singing frog is interspersed with news clips of
administration officials admitting that they have not read Arizona's
immigration law in full. Here's the ad and the response:
Distract From Debate on Law's Merits Think Progress' Alex Seitz-Wald balks, "While Holder
and Napolitano should probably have read the bill, they were, as Andrea Nill writes on the Wonk
Room, 'likely briefed by someone who had read SB-1070 in detail.'
Brewer's video simply attempts to distract the public from the
substantive problems with the legislation. ... Moreover, the childish
video ironically shows Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) grilling Napolitano for
not having read the bill, but fails to mention that McCain himself
admitted he had not 'had
a chance' to read it."
Arizona Fights Playground-Style
Newsweek's Daniel Stone sighs, "Add it all up and it's not what
you'd call good PR for Arizona, which has seen its tourism numbers dive
and has been hit with several boycotts, the most significant from the
city of Los Angeles on all official business. So what do you do when
everyone on the playground is talking smack about you? You either go
home and cry, or you fight back. And any state that has a senator
suddenly interested in building a 'danged fence' to keep the illegals
where they belong can probably be expected to choose the latter."
Some Leadership Wonkette's Jim Newell mocks, "One of the
funnier ladies in America is Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who just signs
whatever racist pieces of paper the nearby wingnuts put on her desk and
then says weird nonsense about them in front of teevee cameras. ...
Brewer's campaign ponied up for a singing frog hand-puppet to sing about
how Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano haven't even read the racist law
that just went into place in racist Arizona. The frog's voice is like
Kermit's, but more 'lung cancer.'"
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