I am not going to get bent out of shape with Jan Brewer over something relatively minor. Here’s what’s going on.
The AZ legislature is hardcore conservative Republican. However, they tend to legislate in haste, and often make some pretty bad technical errors, as well as not getting enough input from the executive branch agencies.
And this gets as far as bills reaching Brewer’s desk, where she has to slam on the brakes, on the advise of someone who spots the problems.
She does get flak for this, because on the surface it looks like she is vetoing some common sense, conservative bill. And only if you get to see the reasons for the veto does it become clear. Most of the time, the legislature is more than willing to rewrite them to overcome whatever problems.
If you want to “big picture” what she is doing, it is a lot more favorable, because she is fighting against Obama and company, who are trying to oppress Arizona. And she has good backing from most everybody except Democrats in the state to do this.
The Just Us Department is suing Arizona over SB 1070, its voter ID law, it is attacking our Sheriffs and other LEOs, it had been subverting federal and state gun laws to smuggle guns to Mexican drug cartels, it has been fighting to keep the flow of illegal aliens and drug smugglers across Arizona’s border, etc.
And Jan Brewer has been fighting all these battles. So please cut her a little slack on this one. Don’t worry, it will get figured out, but it’s going to take a little while.
Jan Brewer didn’t support SB1070 until after it passed. Even then, she considered vetoing it. When she realized how popular it was, she signed.
She is not a conservative at heart. She can be pushed in a conservative direction, but don’t expect her to go out on her own and forge a conservative path.