Just a few months after Monica Crowley announced to Fox News viewers that Americans are sick of attack politics, she cheered on Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer for “getting up in the president’s grill.” Not only that, Crowley was so eager to attack President Obama last night as she guest-hosted on Hannity, she threw truth, facts and fairness and balance out the window.
Does anyone believe that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer only wanted to welcome President Obama to her state when she met him at the airport Wednesday (1/25/12)? After all, this is a woman with a record of questionable partisanship and major problems with facts. Furthermore, when her meeting with Obama went sour, an Obama spokesman said it was because when Brewer reportedly extended an invitation to meet, Obama said a passage in her book describing their last meeting was inaccurate. Nevertheless, in the contretemps between them at the Arizona airport, Brewer pointed her finger at Obama, accused him of walking away from her and then went on television to say she felt threatened.
Since the encounter, the Republican mayor of Mesa, Arizona, Scott Smith, has at least somewhat contradicted Brewer’s account, as TPM reported.
“There was no sense that he was running to or from anything,” Smith told TPM. In fact, he said, the president stayed and had a pleasant conversation with Smith, who’s a Republican, and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, a Democrat.
Brewer told Hannity viewers that she went to the airport “to welcome (Obama) to Arizona and was cheery and happy at heart and was excited of course.” She said she gave him a letter and told him “I wished I could have the opportunity to sit down and talk with him and… I asked him to come and… join me at the border and that I would buy lunch. And he indicated at that point in time that he was a little uncomfortable, a little unappreciative, if you will, of my book (describing their last meeting) and the way that he was portrayed in it. And I felt a little unnerved by the way that he spoke to me about it but I explained to him that the bottom line is, is that I believe what I wrote in the book to be factual and to be true.”
As she spoke, Fox showed the photo of her wagging her finger at Obama not once but twice on the TV screen at the same time: both in the middle of the screen and on the lower right, next to large letters spelling SHOWDOWN,
Happy, cheery, welcoming Brewer moved on to take some overt swipes at Obama: "I thought it was interesting, of course, that he decided to talk about himself and not exactly about what the book really, really was about. It was about immigration and securing our border."
Crowley swallowed the story without question and never mentioned Mayor Smith. Instead, she used the occasion to start attacking Obama with falsehoods about the border. With her goody-two-shoes self-satisfaction, Crowley said, “The federal government, the President of the United States, his Attorney General, in fact, the government at large, will not deal with this issue. It’s their responsibility, they won’t do it.”
Crowley complained that Obama has never been to the border and that at “his last big confab” about immigration, “He had Eva Longoria, the actress, there, but he didn’t have you there and in fact he didn’t have a single border governor at that meeting.”
What Crowley forgot to mention was that Longoria and others at that meeting have been active in Hispanic causes, as The Boston Globe reported. Furthermore, as Media Matters reported, the week before this meeting, Obama held a meeting on “fixing the broken immigration system” that included former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, former U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, among others. Last I checked, California was a border state.
Unfortunately for Crowley, she was wearing a red dress in front of a red background. The result was to make her look like a floating head. That may have been the wrong body part to be showing. Crowley went on to “ask” Brewer, “Does that tell you that as long as he’s president, you can pretty much forget about any kind of border enforcement?”
Brewer complained that she had felt “snubbed” by not having been invited to Obama's meeting. But even she pointed out, albeit indirectly, that Crowley was wrong to say Obama has done nothing to secure the border. Brewer said, “We appreciate the additional troops that he’s brought to the border but it is not enough and, of course, the illegal immigration count probably is down because our economy is bad.”
Crowley didn’t think it worth noting the correction. She said, “You are doing an amazing job there, Governor Brewer, and we admire your fearlessness, not just in taking on this illegal immigration invasion but also getting up in the president’s grill yesterday and holding his feet to the fire on the issue. You’re one of my heroines. You go, girl!”
But Crowley may want to re-think those props. The New York Times reported that Brewer may have inadvertently helped Obama's re-election efforts in her state and elsewhere:
The run-in ...lit up Hispanic radio stations and blogs all over the state. While it is difficult to judge whether the moment will have any lasting impact, Hispanic leaders said that what is being dubbed by some as the “dustup in the desert” could play in the president’s favor given the unfavorable view many Hispanics have of the governor for her advocacy of tough immigration measures.
“For that incident alone,” Robert Meza, a Democratic state senator from Phoenix, said Thursday, “85 percent more Latin people will gravitate toward the president.”
That’s so completely counter intuitive to any threat assessment,as to be laughable.