Thanks to Comcast, I'm forced to watch ABC, CBS or NBC news because Fox is the only available cable news outlet covered in the Basic Plan. Such a deal.
So, this morning I'm watching Today on NBC. Actually I'm listening out of one ear because since I quit smoking I no longer light up first thing in the morning. Instead I have email with my coffee.
Jan Brewer gets my full attention when I hear her sounds of silence.
(CURRY)>>> i think it's probably happened to all of us who appear on TV at one time or another. that red light goes on, the camera gets in front of your face and all of a sudden, you just go blank.
(LAUER)>> i can identify with that. it happened to the governor of arizona, jan brewer, the other night during a live debate. let's take a look. (video appears after transcript)
(BREWER)>> arizona has been brought back from its abyss. we have cut the budget. we have balanceded t the budget and we are moving forward. we have done everything that we could possibly do. we have, uh -- did what was right for arizona. i will tell you that i have -- really, did the very best that anyone could do.
(LAUER)>> yes, one of those moments that once you get in the middle of it, it only gets worse, because your mind is racing so fast to try to figure out what you wanted to say. now you've just completely lost your place.
(CURRY)>> because you're embarrassed and it compounds it. she calls it the longest 16 seconds of her life. and then she said, i'm human. i'm human. that's what she said afterwards.
(LAUER)>> debates are pressure packed, too. they're very intense events. you can understand --
(CURRY)>> ever happened to you?
(LAUER)>>yeah, maybe not. i don't know about 16 seconds.
(CURRY)>> no, never.
(LAUER)>> it's definitely happened, no question.
(CURRY>> it's happened to me. anyway, back after your local news.
I don't know that I think Curry and Lauer are totally happy with having to perform this charade. True, anyone of us who has spoken before large crowds or has been interviewed by the media have had momentary lapses. We're all human, after all.
Maybe Brewer should polish up her performance by making more appearances that aren't scripted. Maybe if she had focused more on content and less on platitudes, she might have did a better job of defending her man's inhumanity to man law. Maybe if she were human, none of this would have happened in the first place.
Interesting that there's been no outcry or mocking from the right over this.