AZ Governor Fights Boycott With Puppets

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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has been fending off calls from around the country for a major boycott of her state for its passage of a draconian new immigration law. Last Friday, Brewer’s reelection campaign fought back with a new video that quickly went viral. (By Monday morning it had been viewed more than 260,000 times.) In it, a green puppet sings a little ditty about how reading “helps you know what you’re talking about,” mixed in with clips of various Obama administration officials acknowledging that they’ve never actually read the ten page Arizona statute they’ve been bashing. It doesn’t have quite the genius of Demon Sheep, but Brewer’s video does a decent job of making Attorney General Eric Holder and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano look pretty foolish.

 

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Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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