What exactly is it with these Republican governors? Not only do we have a greater number of corrupt and venal politicians sitting in state houses than at any other time in history but the corruption and venality appear to have been distilled to a putrid essence also unequaled in any previous era. It’s as if they were all cloned from a single strand of DNA and then sent to some institution of higher learning for the ethically challenged where every last vestige of any morality they might have had is beaten out of them by Koch Brother turdminions.
This week’s case in point is Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer, she of the wagging finger and proud possessor of a personality that can only be likened to… well, let’s just say her book, “Scorpions for breakfast” is aptly named… and who would do anything to sell copies of her Dick and Jane primer for bigots, from all but physically assaulting the President of the United States in public and then lying her wrinkled ass off about it to using campaign funds to buy the damned book herself. (She apparently didn’t qualify for the Republican’s “You buy my books, I’ll buy yours” program in which books get snapped up in the thousands by corporate donors or the Republican party itself in order to inflate sales so she’s having to buy them herself.)
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) launched a special fundraising political action committee in October, pledging to use the money to fight illegal immigration and take on other issues she believes in. But based on financial disclosures filed this week, she has so far used it to do little more than buy copies of her own book.
The governor had raised only about $22,000 for Jan PAC by the end of 2011 and spent nearly a quarter of the cash buying books from Amazon and paying a bill at the luxurious Waldorf Astoria hotel in Orlando, Fla. The rest of the money is still in the bank.
Brewer spent $3,423 on books and shipping from the online retailer, according to the financial reports. On her fundraising website, she offers a signed copy of her book “Scorpions for Breakfast” to every donor who gives $100 or more.
So she’s using campaign donations to buy her own book which she then gives away to people making… campaign donations? I suppose there’s some thread of logic in there somewhere but I’m just not getting it. People… who if they really gave a damn about her book… could simply wait a few weeks and buy it from the bargain bin for less than five bucks are actually paying this harpie $100 so they can get it “free” with her name scrawled on it?
In early December she also spent $624 for a night at the swank Waldorf Astoria in Orlando, which her financial disclosures repeatedly misspell as “Orlanda.” Another $513 went to airfare on Southwest Airlines.
The financial disclosures represent a time before Brewer’s now famous encounter with President Obama on an airport runway in Phoenix last week. Sales of “Scorpions for Breakfast” spiked on Amazon after the event and the governor used her renewed notoriety to encourage people to donate to Jan PAC.
So all you have to do to fund your PAC and sell books to Republicans is to put the uppity black dude in his place by getting all up in his face in public? Who would have thought it was that simple? I think I’ll take tomorrow off and write a book and woe be unto the prez if he comes around my neck of the California woods. Of course I’m gonna be smarter than Jan Brewer. I’m gonna stick TWO fingers in his face. Only figures on a book by finger basis that the more fingers, the more books sold.
In a related story, reports say that Brewer is now hard at work on her next major literary triumph, “How To Raise Big Bucks By Totally Disrespecting The President” and rich republicans are reported to be once again lining up to buy yet another $5 book for $100.
Doesn’t take much to entertain these folks, does it?