by David Mendez
Gov. Jan Brewer, she who eats scorpions for breakfast, waggles her finger at sitting presidents for lunch and slaughters non-budget-related bills in preparation for her evening feast, has now been likened to the man who is most famous for betraying the Lord and Savior of millions of people worldwide.
Yep, Janice has been compared to Judas by the state's GOP chair, A.J. LaFaro, who was so pissed off about Brewer's insistence on pushing forward on her Medicaid project that he felt she was equivalent, in some way, to someone who gave up the (alleged, depending on your belief system) Son of God to be tortured to death:
"Jesus had Judas. Republicans have Governor Brewer," LaFaro said before leaving the podium.
Granted, this is old news (he said that back in March) but it's gaining relevance once again as the Medicaid measure gains traction — and as Brewer's reputation takes on a new twist. From Bloomberg News:
Brewer “became a symbol for many of a Tea Party Republican, who was not willing to be flexible, who was going to stand up for red states,” Zelizer said. “This kind of position challenges that and suggests she may be more politically pragmatic than she appeared to be.”
Last week, in the largest of four rallies Brewer has hosted at the Capitol to promote her plan, more than 1,000 supporters gathered on the Senate lawn. Brewer shared the stage with a local talk-radio personality, a hemophiliac who said he needed Medicaid to live, an emergency room doctor and others. The audience chanted, “It’s the right thing to do!” as opponents on the periphery heckled them and held signs deriding socialism, death panels and “Obrewercare.”
Brewer vowed not to give up, saying she had mathematics and morality on her side. She called Medicaid expansion the “most important health issue that our state has faced in a decade.”
“I knew it wouldn’t be easy,” she told the crowd. “But let me tell you something else, I don’t think the opponents realized how hard we are going to fight.”