The actions of Governor Brewer, the State Senate, and the Republican Congressional delegation in the last week turn my reveries to my favorite childhood story, Alice in Wonderland.
Imagine if you will…
The adventuring Alice is represented by the Colleen Mathis, chair of the Independent Redistricting Commission. The Queen of Hearts is no other than Jan Brewer, who bellows “Sentence first, verdict afterwards!” and “Off with her head!” as she summarily fires the independent chair.
The Mad Hatter? No other than the Senate Republicans, whose rush to judgment oh-so-hastily overtook the will of the voters.
And who is the Cheshire Cat in this drama of democracy overthrown? It must be “FAIR Trust,” a shadowy Super PAC funded by incumbent Congressmen Schweikert, Quayle, and Franks. In Wonderland, all that’s seen is the cat’s cynical grin; his corporeal body is invisible, Similarly, this shady group has been interfering with the Commission, yet hides from public view.
Curiouser and Curiouser, with only one thing certain in this tale of woe: Arizona is down the rabbit hole.