Jan Brewer Decides to Obey the Law

Jan Brewer, Arizona governor by grace of Janet Napalitano going to Washington, said she would not run for a third term.  This is actually hilarious, because by our state Constitution she may not serve a third term.  This announcement would be roughly equivalent to Obama announcing next year he was not seeking a third term as President.  It is simply absurd, and an indicator of the low quality of politicians we get in this state, that she actively entertained the extra-Constitutional notion of a third term for so long.

  • ErikEssig

    She's looking a bit long in the tooth these days anyhow. It's for the best. Not sure what you mean by low quality pols, I'm in NY where the pols are all, oh wait...

  • mahtso

    Although I don't believe the Gov meets the requirements for another term, the comparison to the President is a poor one because he has been twice elected and because the Az constitution is poorly written thereby introducing ambiguity as to whether she is barred by virtue of having served two terms. In contrast, the US constitution's term limit clause is clear about cases where the President is not not elected during her first term. Also, I am pretty sure that Gov. Brewer is Gov because she defeated Mr. Goddard in the last election, which had nothing to do with Ms. Napolitano.

  • HenryBowman419

    If only we would have the sense to limit the terms of U.S. Senators and Representatives in a manner similar to executive branch officials...such might open up the possibility of good emanating from government.

  • MJM

    California has term limits for Assembly members and Senators; good government continues to be a dream...

  • obloodyhell

    }}} to Obama announcing next year he was not seeking a third term as President.

    I'm quite certain Teh One is not interested in any way in executing a third term as President.

    I AM fairly willing to concede to the notion that he is hoping for an economic collapse that allows him to declare Martial Law so he can become Emperor Obama The First.

  • obloodyhell

    Yes, well two terms of liberal stupidity, repeated by someone ELSE serving two terms of liberal stupidity is hardly much of a term limit...

  • obloodyhell

    }}} It is simply absurd, and an indicator of the low quality of politicians we get in this state,

    Do me a favor, Warren, and list me a state where they get a consistent number of high quality politicians.... I'll move there in jig time. :oD

  • mesocyclone

    If the AZ Republic is to be believed, it is not clear that she is ineligible to serve a third term. Hence your mockery is mistaken.

  • treeher

    Warren, I think you're waxing a bit too eloquently lately. Legal opinions aside, I think it's clear that the Gov would have challenged the wording and maybe campaigned to change it. Regardless, if Mr. Obama can masticate on the federal Constitution, I don't see why Brewer can't do the same in her state!

  • mahtso

    It may be a case of the "stopped clock," but there is reason to believe the Republic on this issue because the constitution can be seen as being ambiguous. As I wrote above, I do not think she qualifies, but my guess is that she could have raised colorable arguments to the effect that she is eligible.

  • skhpcola

    And don't forget that Mikey Bloomturd in NYC managed to completely ignore the term-limiting law. Well, not exactly ignore, but it wasn't a major hurdle for him to jump, and he was/is decidedly nonathletic.

    I think term limits for politicos at every tier is a fine idea. The more time that they have to develop cronies and accrue power...nothing good can possibly come from that. Getting the entrenched to go along with changing the way that incumbents have an easy (usually) reelection would be nigh impossible.

  • Rick C

    "It is simply absurd, and an indicator of the low quality of politicians we get in this state, that she actively entertained the extra-Constitutional notion of a third term for so long."

    Pfft. You say that in a world where Michael Bloomberg got the law changed so he could evade term limits.

  • John O.

    Article 4 Section 1A is poorly worded but I can understand it pretty well. A third term can only happen if she sits out at least this upcoming election cycle. From what I can tell this section was added as an initiative amendment which would probably explain why its language used is in need of considerable work. If there's anything that annoys the crap about of me its initiatives that people write that aren't kept to the point and are unnecessarily drawn out. They need to take a lesson from Twitter and say what you want but with as few words as needed. Not only is it easier to understand but if done correctly, you suddenly lose all the lawyering that can go on when people decide to dispute the initiative's language.

  • Nehemiah

    You are spot on. Actually I'd like to hear Obama come out as say he won't seek a third term. I don't think he feels limited by the Constitution.