Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Talk about false advertising

I stumbled across this very weblog on Tuesday and came across the headline Gov. Brewer leaves Arizona in the msnbc.com news videos included to the very right of this copy.

I got all misty-eyed. A sense of joy came over me.

THE WOMAN WHO was so eager to get the nativist vote in her 2010 election bid that she led her state down the path of ideological nonsense that was more than willing to use the growing Latino population as a punching bag is gone.

Talk about a “Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead!” moment for me, and for the many of us who have had to waste countless hours fighting off the nonsense that tried to get Arizona local officials involved in the enforcement of federal immigration laws.

Then, of course, I read much of the copy that the headline alluded to, and found out that she’s just gone for a week. She’s on some form of official business, although her staff appears to be behaving in such a cryptic manner that it is arousing the theme of a “mystery” trip – albeit one that will end at week’s end.

It’s as though after the melting of the Wicked Witch, Glenda the Good Witch took off her make-up and we learned that she’s the even-more Wicked Witch of the Southwest!

AND NO, THE people of Arizona aren’t in any danger of official business falling by the wayside. Because Brewer made the official notifications that allow Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett to serve as acting governor.

He will perform the rituals of the position, while her staff keeps things “business as usual” in Arizona.

All in all, a forgettable week, except for the moment that we thought for a few seconds that sanity was on the verge of returning to Arizona.

It reminds me of another cinematic moment – albeit one much lower on the couth scale. I’m referring to that moment in Up in Smoke when Cheech Marin’s character picks up Tommy Chong as a hitchhiker because, in his inhibited state of mind, he mistook him for a large-breasted woman.

“HEY, THAT'S FALSE advertising!,” he screamed when the truth set into his brain.

Then again, maybe there’s a lesson to be learned – that’s the state of mind one needs to be in these days to make sense of much of the nativist rhetoric.

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