EJ Montini | Arizona Republic
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Opinion: The president wanted assurances from Ducey that Arizona was in the bag. But …
Have you noticed that Gov. Doug Ducey has kind of disappeared into a rabbit hole?
And I’m not talking about any pit or crater or mineshaft. I’m talking about a Journey to the Center of the Earth kind of tunnel.
And who can blame him?
President Donald Trump visited Arizona toward the end of the campaign and wanted assurances from Ducey that our state was in the bag. He said during one of his rallies here, with Ducey in the audience, “I’m going to be so angry, Doug, if we don’t get there.”
The numbers across the country didn’t go in Trump’s favor, and the numbers here aren’t looking good for him, either.
Following Arizona law ‘to the letter’
And although Trump’s legal shills now are crying foul, the governor issued a reassuring press release on Thursday defending Arizona’s vote counting system, saying in part, “No judges have intervened and no last-minute changes have been enacted. We’re following established Arizona election law to the letter.”
Pretty definitive defense.
What if the final count doesn’t go Trump’s way?
Is Ducey going to crawl out of his deep dark cavern and walk back his defense of our system?
Or is he going to defend Arizona’s long-standing reputation for fair and honest elections?
For now, neither.
On Monday Ducey issued a nondescript statement that read in part: “The President, just like any other candidate, has the right to all available legal challenges and remedies, and we are confident they will be properly adjudicated. We will respect the election results.”
Then there’s the other problem – the life and death problem – that Ducey has been avoiding. Officials on Sunday reported 1,880 new coronavirus cases and 17 additional deaths. The governor of Utah, also facing a coronavirus spike, issued a statewide mask mandate and other restrictions.
How about here? Is it not past time for such action?
Ducey can’t stay in hiding forever
Doing that won’t make Trump happy, either, and as he already said, “I’m going to be so angry, Doug, if we don’t get there.”
Still, it is lives were talking about. Isn’t protecting lives every politician’s first priority?
The president has been quick to point out that he doesn’t forgive. And he doesn’t forget. He has said as much in speeches and written as much in his books.
Or, as Trump once put it, “Get even with people. If they screw you, screw them back 10 times as hard.”
Adding, “If you do not get even, you are just a schmuck!”
We all understand why Gov. Ducey has been keeping a low, low profile. But it’s time to emerge from the burrow, a personal, polit Groundhog Day.