Take Arizona. Please.

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Here’s a headline that will drive a libertarian to drink.

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37 Responses to “Take Arizona. Please.”

  1. #1 |  ClubMedSux | 

    I should know better than to read comments to articles such as that, but here’s what one said:

    “Better get some eye bandages for Jose…. Blood will squirt out when he gets wind of this. LOL!”

    Please, PLEASE tell he he’s referring to a candidate named Jose who is running against Arpaio. I’m 99% certain he’s not, but please tell me he is.

  2. #2 |  Mike Leatherwood | 

    Is Joe still in legal trouble? Or did that fizzle out?

    I am convinced that Arizona’s main problem is that it is full of non-native Arizonans who moved in recently and were shocked, yes shocked, to find brown people living there.

  3. #3 |  The_Chef | 


  4. #4 |  Charlie | 

    Yep, drinking

  5. #5 |  Daze | 

    And Arpiao will probably be billed as “the Tea Party candidate”.

  6. #6 |  The Mossy Spaniard | 

    I hovered over the link for a while, unsure as to whether or not it would be wise to click through. Damn it.

  7. #7 |  Juice | 

    No, this is going to be hilarious. Steven Seagal should do promos for him.

  8. #8 |  CyniCAl | 

    The fact that there is such a thing as a Senate should be enough to drive a libertarian to drink.

  9. #9 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Let him run for national office. If he’s the kind of heavy handed baboon that Mr. Balko believes him to be (I have no opinion, as I know sources whose judgement I usually respect on both sides of the issue), then he will self-destruct on National television. He won’t be the worst raving bigot we’ve ever had in high office …. a title that I believe still belongs to Alexander Mitchell Palmer.

  10. #10 |  deadcenter | 

    I can’t see him running. First, his finances will become part of the record, if the press doesn’t dig it up his opponents will see that it’s leaked. Second, he’ll run as the toughest sherrif, but his opponents will then ask about the 40+ million dollars in out of court settlements the Maricopa County Sherrif’s Office has incurred under his reign. In addition to that will be the abuse of power charges still being investigated. I just can’t see him opening himself to that kind of scrutiny.

  11. #11 |  Nick T. | 

    I have to think it’s better for human beings to have Arpaio in the Senate where he is but one voice, and most of his crazy, human-hating, xenophobia will get drowned out by the crowd. As Sherrif he can put people in jail, investigate his political opponents and generally interfere in innocent people’s lives. Isn’t that worse?

    /silver lining

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  13. #13 |  Eric | 

    I only hope he gambles the senate race, quits as sheriff, and loses the senate race. Wishful thinking?

  14. #14 |  TC | 

    Eric, He will figure out a way to run for both offices, if he wins the senate seat he will resign the sheriffs box that more than likely he will win again.

    We need some laws that require politicos to resign their current position the minute they file for another position.

  15. #15 |  The Mossy Spaniard | 

    #’s 11 and 12 have restored a bit of my optimism.

  16. #16 |  Rhayader | 

    Ridiculous, especially considering that Jeff Flake is pretty good as politicians go.

  17. #17 |  jrb | 

    I’m with Nick T. on this. I think he’d be a lot less dangerous in the Senate. So long as he isn’t joined by a bunch of other wackos that is.

    Well, he would be joined by 99 other wackos, but maybe (hopefully) only a couple of them would have the same insane ideas as Sheriff Joe.

  18. #18 |  Gideon Darrow | 

    @ #13 TC:

    Actually, Arizona has a “resign-to-run” law, as Arpaio himself found out when he considered running for Governor last year:


    Here’s the law:

    “38-296. Limitation upon filing for election by incumbent of elective office

    A. Except during the final year of the term being served, no incumbent of a salaried elective office, whether holding by election or appointment, may offer himself for nomination or election to any salaried local, state or federal office.

    B. An incumbent of a salaried elected office shall be deemed to have offered himself for nomination or election to a salaried local, state or federal office upon the filing of a nomination paper pursuant to section 16-311, subsection A or formal public declaration of candidacy for such office whichever occurs first.


  19. #19 |  Judi | 

    Radley, I may have to drink until I’m too drunk for YOU to drive.

  20. #20 |  BrentM | 

    It dawned me years ago that a lot of people don’t want to be free and just want to be told what to do. That is why so many authoritarians get into power,

  21. #21 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Aren’t all Arizonians non-native?

  22. #22 |  Matt | 

    From the comments at that article:
    “Why not admit that Maricopa County is a safer place due to Sheriff Joe…”

    Safer for whom?

  23. #23 |  OMG NO | 

    I thought that headline was an exaggeration but I am freaking out haha I hate that guy, good thing I’m already intoxicated ;)

  24. #24 |  Lamarck's Giraffe | 

    We need some laws that require politicos to resign their current position the minute they file for another position

    You mean like Arizona’s resign-to-run law?

    He would have to quit his office to run. He could have run for governor this last election cycle but didn’t. He’s 78 years old, has a million skeletons in his closet and isn’t well liked statewide. His support base consists mostly of retirees in Mesa and Sun City who are afraid that all brown people are thieves who are somehow stealing their medicine and Social Security.

    I’ll likely be voting for Flake. We could do a lot worse. Names that have been mentioned include: Arpaio, JD Hayworth, and Janet Napolitano. And some liberal vultures are already pimping Gabby Giffords.

  25. #25 |  Lamarck's Giraffe | 

    I should add that I believe the Arizona law has some exceptions. For example, I think if a politician is in the final year of their term they are exempt. Also, I believe they can unofficially announce their intentions, like Rep Jeff Flake, without violation (e.g. they cannot file paperwork or fund raise).

    Of course, IANAL nor do I have the statute in front of me.

  26. #26 |  the innominate one | 

    yo, fuck Arpaio

    Also, really just wanted to say that “Lamarck’s Giraffe” is an awesome handle. But I call dibs on being Mueller’s Ratchet

  27. #27 |  Z | 

    Arizona is packed to the roof with white people convinced that being white people makes them o so very special. He could run and he could win. Seriously.

  28. #28 |  Hey ya | 

    We need a new political party, the two party system has failed.

  29. #29 |  RWW | 

    …retirees… who are afraid that all brown people are thieves who are somehow stealing their medicine and Social Security.

    Ironic, considering that it is, in fact, the retirees who are generally doing the stealing.

  30. #30 |  Lamarck's Giraffe | 

    Z, do your psychic powers work in states other than Arizona or do they wear off once you leave our wicked state (assuming you are even from Arizona)?

    I think I offered some good reason why he won’t even run, let alone win. Do you have anything beyond your besmirching omniscience?

    Anyways, there has been some good news for Maricopa county in recent months. County Attorney and Arpaio henchman Andrew Thomas is out of public office after a failed bid for state AG and is under federal investigation. Unfortunately his elected replacement is another Arpaio crony. Former Deputy County Attorney Lisa Aubuchon, who was involved in much of the egregious politically-motivated investigations of recent years has been fired and is under federal investigation. Sheriff Joe’s second in command, Chief Deputy David Hendershott, is on paid administrative leave and under federal investigation. Finally, the sheriff of neighboring Pima county has been asked to investigate serious claims of misconduct by the highest levels of the MCSO. The US Attorney for Arizona and the FBI and Department of Justice have also said they are looking into these claims.

  31. #31 |  EH | 

    He’s America’s Ahmedinejad.

  32. #32 |  Z | 

    26 three words to chill you to the bone. Sun City West.

    I like Tucson and the area around it. Phx is a wasteland unfit for human habitation. Flagstaff is nice tho granted I haven’t been up there in about 4 years.

  33. #33 |  V | 


    “Second, he’ll run as the toughest sherrif, but his opponents will then ask about the 40+ million dollars in out of court settlements the Maricopa County Sherrif’s Office has incurred under his reign. In addition to that will be the abuse of power charges still being investigated.”

    I like that you think voters will see these things negatively. Especially as Arpaio will just shrug it off as saying that it’s all a liberal conspiracy to defame him and stop him from protecting America.

  34. #34 |  HBD | 

    Some libertarians have a sense of history, a concern for the maintenance of the factors that led to this country’s success, and – given that the government has taken over the role of border control – a belief that property rights also entails protecting our nation. Some libertarians don’t hold to the unfortunately popular belief (which not grounded in reality), that everyone is exactly the same.

    It’s really not just a coincidence that a stable and rights-respecting republican government has not taken hold in every region of the world.

  35. #35 |  MattJ | 

    I’m trying to think of any headline that wouldn’t drive a libertarian to drink. “Dog rescues bunnies from runaway tractor” *drink*

    /not saying that libertarians don’t like bunnies
    //am saying that libertarians like to drink

  36. #36 |  Phelps | 

    I honestly think he’ll do less damage in the Senate than the Sheriff’s office. At least the Capitol doesn’t have torture chairs that they murder people in.

  37. #37 |  perlhaqr | 

    I think I’m going to have a Red Bull and Vodka, now.

    *ties it back in*