You know, I try not to make a habit of giving Republican press releases any publicity, but this one from Randy Pullen was too good to pass up.
“Who knew the greatest security threat to western civilization was not Osama bin-Laden, but Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon?” asked Randy Pullen, chairman of the Arizona Republican Party."
He was referring to reports of security lapses at Sky Harbor International Airport, and was trying to shift responsibility for those lapses to Phil Gordon.
And while I'm sure that the attempt has nothing to do with the fact that it's an election year in Phoenix or that Gordon is considered a potential candidate for Governor in 2010 [yeah, right :)], he conveniently ignores the fact that the federal Transportation Security Administration is the organization in charge of security at Sky Harbor, not the City of Phoenix.
Minor detail that, really, but Pullen's low regard for facts shouldn't surprise anyone; it seems to be a common habit among AZ's Republicans to put the responsibility for the failings of the Bush-led federal government on Democrats or local governments (see: immigration or Jack Harper's attempt in March to blame U.S. Congressman Harry Mitchell for the problems at the Arizona State Veterans Home.)
Pullen is doing a fine job running the AZ Republican Party; his leadership will lead the party to its rightful place in Arizona government - a minority in the legislature and among the Constitutional officers (they can keep State Mine Inspector; no Democrat seems to want it anyway :) ).
Wow! I went the whole post without trying to make the case that "the greatest security threat to western civilization was not Osama bin-Laden" (to use Pullen's phrasing) but instead is George Bush or Dick Cheney.
I must be slipping or something. :))