The Republic's EJ Montini is making up a story about Governor Brewer and we get to be there for the foundation stage. Montini likes to make up a catch phrase that he can throw into every column. The old catch phrase was "de facto Governor Russell Pearce..." This, of course, made no sense but that didn't seem to matter to Montini. Now that Russell is taking a one-year sabbatical from the Senate, Montini needs a new phrase. So he's writing a little fiction about Governor Brewer.
Here it is: Now that Jan Brewer has elevated her professional status from governor to savior,
This is, like I said, pure fiction. In fact, Montini himself has to concede the phrase is fiction in the very column in which he introduces it. Here's the concession.
Since Brewer declared in her State of the State speech that "Arizona has been saved" (by her, apparently),
"Apparently"? In other words, she hasn't "elevated her professional status from governor to savior..." She has simply said that Arizona has been saved. So the catch phrase is false.
Actually, even the word "apparently" is false. Here's the full line from Brewer's speech.
Arizona has been saved. And, you were a part of that great mission.
Brewer was discussing the state's fiscal condition and she gives credit to the legislature and then goes on to say that "we had a plan." That plan included Prop 100, for which she sought the approval from voters.
So there you have it. Governor Brewer said that the fiscal condition of the state was saved by the legislature, voters and herself. And she is, of course, right.
Montini is making up pure fiction and in his first column he had to run the disclaimer "apparently". In the future, he will not use the disclaimer, he will simply declare that Governor Brewer has "elevated her professional status from governor to savior."
It won't stop there...the national lefty blogs will read Montini's future columns and assume that he's not actually making it up. Since he's a journalist and works at the state's newspaper of record, they will read the phrase and assume that it's actually true. Then MSNBC producers will read the lefty blogs and Chris Matthews or Rachel Maddow will declare that Governor Brewer is an awful person with some sort of Messianic complex because she has declared herself to be the savior.
Brewer will say that she never called herself a "savior" and the comenters will snort derisively and proclaim that she's a liar. But we know who the liar is. We know that the statement is fiction...because we were here for the foundation.