Jan Brewer's Sniveling New Memoir Laughably Paints Her as a Tough-as-Nails Governor

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Koen got the reportedly priggish Brewer to repeat much of the offending language found on those CDs.

Later, Koen set the interview's recording to rap music and shared his creation with the state Capitol via a set of jumbo speakers as protesters waved signs reading, "Brewer Is a Sewer" and "Jan Brewer Should Be Obscene and Not Heard."

In Scorpions, Brewer calls Koen "deceitful" and admits that the recording was "embarrassing for me."

The second incident occurred days before she signed SB 1070 and ticked off the nation's Latino population. It was at a benefit for the Latino advocacy organization Chicanos por la Causa.

Brewer, forever stroking herself in her book, naturally, calls it one of her "into the lion's den moments," insisting that she wasn't going to turn down the invite and "run and hide," as some of her advisers suggested.

Cynically, she already had decided to sign 1070. Waiting 'til the last moment was mere pretense.

But while Brewer was more than willing to throw Arizona's Latino population into the fire, she couldn't stand the glow of the furnace.

During the CLPC dinner, board chair Erica Gonzalez-Melendez told Brewer that 1070 would make Hispanics "second-class citizens." Brewer, in a classic example of what sociologists call "white privilege," fumes in her book that Gonzalez-Melendez's remarks were "insulting" and "slanderous."

What's really insulting and slanderous, however, is Brewer's suggestion in Scorpions that she was in some way physically endangered that evening. All because Gonzalez-Melendez received a standing ovation and the crowd began to chant, "Veto the bill."

This was Brewer's excuse for storming out of the banquet, instead of staying to hear out those who would be directly affected by 1070.

I was there that evening and followed Brewer into the corridor, in an attempt to question her about the event.

Brewer remembers me in her tome as "a reporter from the same paper that had pulled the record labeling stunt on me years ago." She uses this as an excuse for continuing to walk away. Pure pusillanimity.

By signing 1070, she did not do the difficult thing, as she insists. She did the easy thing. She pandered to racism whipped up by hateful nativists. And it paid off.

Before signing the bill, Brewer was getting clobbered in the polls by Democrat Goddard. After signing it, on the advice of right-wing political adviser Chuck Coughlin, her poll numbers soared, and she handily won the election.

Despite the recent release of her ghostwritten memoir, the worm appears to be turning for Brewer.

A recent survey by Public Policy Polling shows Brewer with a 49 percent disapproval rating. In the wake of the successful recall of Russell Pearce, 32 percent of poll respondents stated that they would support Brewer's recall.

Thirty-two percent.

It would take gathering more than 400,000 signatures to recall Brewer, who will be term-limited out in 2014.

Still, Randy Parraz, co-founder of Citizens for a Better Arizona, the group that forced the successful Pearce ouster, is keeping the recall option on the table.

If enough volunteers emerge, Parraz says, recalling the governor is feasible.

It's not a possibility I discount, if only because it finally would give Brewer something to really whine about.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
Contact: Stephen Lemons