Arpaio Endorses Perry

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

The sad thing is, it will probably help him.

Here you have a power-mad, office-abusing sheriff who has misspent millions in taxpayer funds, and who once let a celebrity drive a damned tank into a man’s home (on suspicion of cockfighting, no less).

And the leading candidates vying for the nomination of the alleged party of “limited government” have been falling all over themselves to win his blessing.

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20 Responses to “Arpaio Endorses Perry”

  1. #1 |  Bob | 

    When the Vulcans make first contact, I’m going to ask them to take me with them.

  2. #2 |  Brandon | 

    Yeah, it probably will help him. Anyone who bought into the “Perry is soft on illegal immigration” trope can now have the ultimate xenophobe’s endorsement thrown in their face, and anyone who gave a shit about individual freedom wasn’t going to vote for Goodhair Emptysuit anyway.

  3. #3 |  Chris | 

    Please stop mentioned him. I live in Maricopa county and know that if we just ignore him long enough he will go away.

  4. #4 |  doomboy | 

    Chris —

    And then what? Sheriff Babeu moves in and takes his place?

    (from Pima county, myself. At least Sheriff Joe’s SWAT team hasn’t killed any Marines in front of his kids.)

  5. #5 |  hexag one | 

    That’s because ‘limited government’ has always been code for the preservation of privilege and power for the few.

  6. #6 |  Judas Peckerwood | 

    Pathetic but irrelevant. Perry has about as much chance of getting the GOP nomination as I do.

  7. #7 |  Aresen | 

    @ Brandon

    Unless, by some miricale, Team Red actually nominates someone who cares about civil liberties, voters who care about them are probably just not going to vote in 2012, thus handing the election to Obama. (Who will, nonetheless, claim a ‘new mandate’.)

    If Perry, Romney, Gingrich or Bachmann are nominated by the GOP, I predict that 2012 will see the lowest percentage voting in history.

  8. #8 |  Warren Bonesteel | 

    The world’s gone crazy and the inmates are in charge of the asylum.

    The question is…what’re we gonna do about it?

  9. #9 |  Elliot | 

    I knew little of Herman Cain beyond his role as substitute host for Neal Boortz, who has fooled the media into trotting him out as the spokesperson for libertarians. Boortz stated in February, “I am leading the charge to have Sherriff Joe Arpaio replace retiring John Kyl as Senator in Arizona.” In a later web post, “Arizona Sherriff Joe Arpaio is letting the public browse through the mugshots of those arrested each day and then vote for their favorite. Gotta love it!” Boortz also cheered the security guard tasering the guy on the baseball field and once gave a caller information on how to report a neighbor to the IRS. (This, despite his fair tax book cover having the word “IRS” with a red circle and line crossing out the word.)

    I was similarly disappointed to see Cain tweeting that he was visiting Arpaio a few months back. When I pointed out how corrupt Arpaio was, some of Cain’s followers swooped down to accuse me of being a secret Ron Paul supporter, despite my explicit rejection of all politicians.

    It’s bad enough that libertarians are reflexively blamed for failures by big government politicians. But the media consistently turns to people with decidedly anti-libertarian positions as the libertarian spokespeople (Neal Boortz, Bill Maher).

  10. #10 |  William Kern | 

    That’s the funny thing about having a legal monopoly on the use of force. Without the badge, Arpaio would just be another dick yelling at his television.

  11. #11 |  Dante | 

    Arpaio is a lead balloon, his political future is dim. His support is derived from aged, ignorant, racist, xenophobic “patriots” who think torture of prisoners is OK when America does it, the Republican party is honest and killing the babies of brown people 6,000 miles away equals “defending” America or something equally stupid. They are dying off faster than rabbits can breed.

  12. #12 |  Cynic in New York | 

    I’m kinda wonder how this is playing in Paleocon circles. You have Arpaio who hates minorities and love thugerment as much as they do but then endorses an open Neocon who supports empire.

  13. #13 |  bbartlog | 

    Irrelevant. Perry is polling around 6% in Iowa and has no path to rebound. He’s toast.

  14. #14 |  derfel cadarn | 

    I guess with most of the 20th century despots dead Arpaio was the best that Perry could hope for.

  15. #15 |  Jeremy | 

    Brandon and Cynic:

    Arpaio’s endorsement of Perry isn’t that contradictory when you think about it. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Dept. wouldn’t have as much to do if there were fewer illegal immigrants. The War on Illegals exists for the sake of itself much like the War on Drugs.

    I wonder how Lonewacko took the news, though?

  16. #16 |  Cynic in New York | 


    Yea now that you mention it. Paleocons aren’t exactly against their the empire they’re more or less pissed they haven’t been able to regain power since the Cold War. Their “dispute” against the Neo’s is just more or less at little bitch fight than an actual ideological struggle. Granted since the economic clusterfuck continues to chug along their protectionist bs seems to grab headlines once in awhile.

    As for that loser Lonewacko who cares, he’s nothing but a Paleotroll. If I wanted to hear Pat Buchanan parroted I rather just hear it from the cold warrior myself.

  17. #17 |  Cornellian | 

    I see Rick Perry gave a speech in New Hampshire today in which he stated “Those of you that will be 21 by November the 12th, I ask for your support and your vote.”

    As many news outlets are pointing out, the voting age is 18, not 21, and voting day is November 6, not November 12. Not exactly the second coming of Pericles.

  18. #18 |  Windy | 

    It looks as tho Cain may be dropping out, what with the new allegation against him. The rest of the GOP pack the media are touting as the “frontrunners”, are not doing so well, either, Ron Paul on the other hand . . .

  19. #19 |  Greg | 

    Have any considerable civil judgments been entered against Arpaio’s county as a result of his bullshit?

  20. #20 |  terry bulle | 

    Sheriff Joe has killed many people with his shoot first ask questions later tactics. His deputies are the most trigger happy morons on the planet!