Arizona Senator John McCain isn't the only politician from this state embarrassing himself these days. AZ governor Jan Brewer gave a big speech on energy policy to the Western Governor's Association on Saturday, to which 2 of the 19 invited governors came--the organization's chair and vice-chair.
She spoke for an entire 3 minutes before ending her remarks. To be fair, I've watched Brewer speak, and 3 minutes is a long time for her to try to sound halfway smart. At least a minute and a half were probably filled with awkward silences and the sorts of strange sentence constructions that only Brewer dares attempt. She remains the only politician I've ever seen use the phrase "has did" in a sentence.
I've given speeches to small crowds. I know it can be painful. But then, I'm not the governor of an entire state--the state hosting the WGA meeting, in fact--or a Fox "News" regular. I'm just a guy who writes books, most of which are made up.
Maybe she was still shaken by the fact that before her big energy policy address, a reporter for a local TV station had the temerity to ask her a question about energy policy. As you can see on the video at the link above, the reporter asked her about climate change. Brewer's answer: "Everybody has an opinion on it, you know, and I, you know, I probably don’t believe that it’s man made. I believe that, you know, that weather elements are controlled maybe by different things."
Genius, I tells ya.
Between her and Marco Rubio's "I'm not a scientist, man," answer to a question about the planet's age, we have the makings of a new era of scientific discovery, an Enlightenment for the 21st Century.
Or, you know, not.
Although asking a politican who's about to speak on energy policy about climate change seems like a perfectly reasonable thing to do, Brewer didn't see it that way. While the camera was rolling, she challenged the reporter, asking, Where in the hell did that come from?"
Umm...Governor? The two topics are inextricably linked.
In case you didn't notice, in 2012 we dried out and burned up huge swaths of the country. A major hurricane hit New York and New Jersey, and the sea rose up and destroyed lives and property. And we melted 4.57 million square miles of the Arctic, an area bigger than the land area of the United States. Things are getting worse, fast, and we're still discovering additional consequences of these developments.
That's why you were asked about climate change. If you has don't understand the question, maybe you has did spent too much time in office already. I probably don't believe that you completed second grade. So do us all a favor and resign, already. If there's a Fox gig available, you'd be perfect for it. And you could probably double your WGA audience.
UPDATE 1: Here's the video of Gov. Brewer's full answer, including when she comes back and taps (or in some reports, slugs) the reporter on the arm and complains about the question, demonstrating that she doesn't understand the link between energy policy and climate change (she flat-out says it). Her final words to the reporter are "I'll be watching you."
What a class act she is.
UPDATE 2: Gov. Brewer disappeared for a while this week. Turns out she was visiting Washington DC, Afghanistan, and Kuwait at the invitation of the Department of Defense. I'm all in favor of elected representatives learning the truth about war, but I hope she's not doing it in preparation of running for some national position. This is a woman who should be handing out tickets in a parking garage somewhere, not making policy.
Her comment on the trip is typical of her brand of logic: “It’s very unlike, I think, what you see, certainly in a movie, or even … on TV, because it’s everybody coming together to make this mission work. The training, the active activity that takes place — it’s something that is truly so American of teamwork and camaraderie and the basic idea of getting the bad guys turned back, getting rid of the Taliban, training the Afghanistans and doing it right, and leaving and restoring what we can, and come home — bring our boys home.”
Has anyone seen her birth certificate? She doesn't speak English like someone who was born here. In the US...or on Earth.