The stunning repudiation of Obama-backed incumbent Governor Abercrombie and the certain-to-be-prolonged end-game in the razor-thin Democratic Senate primary show the weakness of the president in his own party in his home state. The message from Hawaii to Democrats across the country is run as far and as fast from the president as possible.
Meanwhile Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s support of Mesa Mayor Scott Smith is turning into the equivalent of Obama’s push for Abercrombie –the “positive” that is turning into a huge negative in a hurry. Brewer’s push for Smith is clearly part of his commitment to the Obamacare expansion that Brewer backed and which is not popular within the GOP or even with the independents who can vote between now and the primary’s wrap-up on August 26th. People like Brewer –as I do– but her increasingly slash-and-burn trip across the state against people who have opposed her on various issues over her seven years in the statehouse is not having the impact political reporters might have predicted a month ago.
“Independent expenditures” are also flowing into the state and while State Treasurer Doug Ducey’s number’s survived the pounding launched by the GoDaddy billionaire trying to post his friend and staffer into the statehouse, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith is sinking under the unrelenting focus on his support for Common Core and the discredited emission controls strategy of the Kyoto Protocol which he has long supported. The Arizona race is the subject of my Monday Washington Examiner column, and Arizona’s next Attorney General, Mark Brnovich, will be among my guests on Monday’s show as the Desert State takes center stage in the national battle between Smith-Brewer Big Government Republicans v. Big Tent Republicans represented by Doug Ducey –endorsed by Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, Governors Scot Walker and Mike Pence, border security icon Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the family of slain Border Control agent Brian Terry as well as pundits and activists like Dennis Prager, Mark Meckler and yours truly as well as the key guy in “board coalition” politics in Arizona, former United States Senator Jon Kyl. Early voting is underway and strong, pointing to good news for Ducey who leads outside the margin of error in all public polls (and the internal ones leaked from various places.) Obama and Brewer together are showing that this is not the year to be backed by Obamacare enthusiasts.