The Wicked Witch of the West has lost her magic


Wicked_Witch-melting-01The Wicked Witch of the West, Governor Jan Brewer, is a spent political force in Arizona. She no longer possesses any magic, and she is powerless within her own Arizona Republican Party.

Only the incumbent state legislators whom Brewer endorsed won their primaries on Tuesday. That has more to do with the power of incumbency and name ID than a Brewer endorsement.  The business community campaign funds that flowed to these Republican incumbents would have done so any way. They always support GOP incumbents.

The “Brew Crew” challengers to Republican legislators all lost despite Brewer’s endorsement and political PAC spending on their behalf.  Only Birther Rep. Carl Seel (R-Phoenix) lost his seat, and he lost to another Tea Party candidate, not a Brewer-backed candidate.

Despite the best efforts of GOP campaign consultants and GOP-friendly media (ahem!) The Arizona Republic to spin the election results in a light most favorable to Gov. Brewer, Brewer endorsements yield mixed results, she was the biggest loser on Tuesday.

After having endorsed Scott Smith as her successor to preserve her legacy, Brewer had to suffer the indignity of standing on the stage with “Cathi’s Clown” Doug Ducey — the man who promises to reverse her legacy — and eating crow in a show of feigned GOP unity. You could almost see her choke back the bile.

In his victory speech, Ducey vowed to make Arizona a “shining example of spending discipline,” reform the K-12 education system to emulate the best practices of the state’s best schools, and fight federal programs like Obamacare and Common Core.” That would be the Medicaid (AHCCCS) expansion and Common Core programs championed by Gov. Brewer which  are her legacy.

If Gov. Brewer were truly concerned about preserving her legacy, she would have endorsed the Democrat in the race, Fred DuVal, who supported her efforts on these programs. But being the partisan hack she has always been, Brewer resorts to partisan attacks: “Fred is a liberal.” “He’s always been a liberal. He’s been brought up as a liberal.” Oh, and Bill Clinton!

Powerless without her magic, all Gov. Brewer has left is the tired old cliche of spouting “liberal” as a pejorative in her final plaintive cries as she melts away into nothingness like the Wicked Witch of the West: “I’m melting! Melting! Oh, what a world. What a world.”