Jan Brewer, the governor of Arizona, has been invited to testify before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security. The invitation came from the subcommittee chairman, Senator Charles Schumer of New York, and specifically asked the governor to speak on the defining piece of legislation of her administration - the infamous SB 1070. Specifically Schumer wants to hear the governor's views on the necessity of maintaining the draconian SB 1070 in the face of substantial gains that the federal government has made in securing the nation's southwestern border.
The governor has been invited to testify on April 24th, the day before the U.S. Supreme Court will take up its review of the controversial Arizona law.
But apparently Jan isn't thrilled about the opportunity to speak before the group of senators. Some of her reluctance may be the legitimate fear of encountering a Sarah Palin moment where lawmakers might ask her something that she would actually have to think about and respond to in a logical manner instead of just parroting wingnut talking points. Jan is leery, and her spokesman said that she fears the invitation might be a political stunt to embarrass the governor.
Jan is right to be cautious. Just because she is a governor of a state that has more guns than the entire U.S. military does not mean that those Democratic bullies will show her the respect she deserves. Why that sneaky Chuck Schumer might even stick his finger in her face when there is a photographer nearby!
That would be a very cheap political stunt!