Give credit where credit is due. Governor Jan Brewer, the same Arizona governor who became famous for signing that state's controversial anti-immigrant law, yesterday vetoed a bill that would have made the Arizona Secretary of State the arbiter of whether a candidate meets the qualifications for running for President of the United States. Standing up to the loony right, she sensibly refused to put Arizona in the middle of a distracting and ridiculous controversy. At the same time, Governor Brewer vetoed another bill that would have allowed guns to be carried on campus at public schools and universities. You have to wonder that the majority of the state legislature thought that was a good idea.
I know there are people on the left who would welcome presidential candidates like Michele Bachman or Donald Trump. I am not one of them. It's really not better from the standpoint of improving the quality of our national political debates if the right is dominated by people who think that every state election official should examine the birth certificates of presidential candidates, or who want to turn public universities into the Wild West. We are better off with sensible Republicans. We should be glad that Governor Brewer showed some common sense yesterday.