Inside Arizona's Primaries: Gov. Jan Brewer, John McCain Up for Re-Election

Monday, August 23, 2010

Voters will be heading to the polls to cast their votes in Arizona's primaries tomorrow. We'll finally get a look at how voters feel about Gov. Jan Brewer as she seeks re-election. The governor has been closely watched since she signed the controversial immigration bill, SB-1070 into law. After she signed the immigration bill, her poll numbers sky-rocketed, according to Mark Brodie, reporter and host at KJZZ in Arizona. And he does not see this primary being a problem for her. He also does not predict any problems for Sen. John McCain, who will likely face his toughest challenge on the road to re-election.

But the most interesting race lies in the Congressional 3rd District, where Ben Quayle, son of former Vice President Dan Quayle, and nine other candidates are seeking the Republican nomination, in what has turned into a very nasty and cut-throat race.

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What are we supposed to make of Todd Zwillich's tone of voice and under-his-breath comments regarding Ben Quayle?

It was made explicit enough for me to understand; Todd Zwillich regards Ben Quayle as a joke candidate, because Todd Zwillich regards Ben's Father, Dan, as a joke political figure.

Dan Quayle just happens to be a former Vice President of the United States, a twice-elected Senator from Indiana and before that a two-term Congressman. Who twice defeated strong Democrat opponents, among them the former Senator Birch Bayh, father of Evan Bayh. (I don't recall Todd Zwillich ever referring to Sen. Evan Bayh as a standing joke.)

On paper, Dan Quayle was better-qualified to serve as a future President than Barack Obama. Quayle had a more impressive electoral record. Quayle had served two terms in the House. Quayle had private sector experience, as a newspaper publisher and corporate attorney. Quayle was a more accomplished figure than Obama was before 2008. Now, I'm thinking that we are seeing more and more proof of that fact every day.

But Quayle became something of a national joke, in an era, now thankfully dead forever, when three national televsion networks, and a handful of national newspapers, plus select radio networks like NPR, all decidedly and devotedly liberal in their orientation, could transform the image of a national political figure.

Thank God those days are gone forever. We have Fox News, and a diverse internet, and conservative talk radio to battle back against that kind of character assasination.

Not that Todd Zwillich has caught up.

Aug. 23 2010 01:07 PM

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