Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Robb: How Brewer and Horne Blew Their Inaugurals

Posted By on Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 11:25 AM

The Arizona Republic's Robert Robb chides Gov. Jan Brewer and AG Tom Horne:

Inaugural addresses are expected to sound political themes. But they are also supposed to be unifying democratic celebrations. So, there needs to be a bit of grace and art in the way political opponents or predecessors are treated.

Gov. Jan Brewer and freshly inaugurated Attorney General Tom Horne sounded a discordant note today in that regard.

In her inaugural address, Brewer said: "When I took the oath of office two years ago, I took the helm of a marvelous state that had been poorly commanded — badly navigated — and was dead in the water."

Brewer certainly inherited a state in tough straits. But the extent to which that was the fault of her predecessor, Janet Napolitano, is highly debatable. Napolitano didn't cause the housing bubble and burst, which was the largest cause of the state's woes.

In a campaign, blame-games are part of the competition. Inaugural speeches, at their best, point in a common direction beyond them.

Read the rest—including Robb's slap at Horne—here.

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