When we last touched base with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe "Tough Guy" Arpaio, he was industriously applying his puckered lizard pseudo-lips to the powdered ass-cheeks of a noted member of the landed gentry, one Lord Christopher Monckton of Brenchley.
Lord knows it's a proud and celebrated tradition here in the colony to suck up to the British aristocracy - remember just last week when Elizabeth Warren flew to London to pay tribute to our beloved Queen? No? Me neither.
Anyway, it seems that Sheriff Joe's twenty-some-odd year reign of terror is (maybe? hopefully?) on its way down the tubes:
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio recently lost support among his Maricopa County constituents amid a high-profile attempt to prove that President Barack Obama's long-form birth certificate is a forgery, a new poll finds.
According to the poll commissioned by Citizens for a Better Arizona, a group helmed by progressive activist Randy Parraz, a well-known Apraio critic, the sheriff's favorability rating now stands at 53 percent.
While that is by no means a dismal number, the telephone poll of 600 likely voters showed that about 65 percent of respondents disapproved of Arpaio's birther investigation, and around 50 percent said he did a poor job of keeping politics out of his office's dealings.
Well, "did a poor job of keeping politics out of his office's dealings" is one way to put it.
Another might be, "ran his office like some jackbooted autocratic thug in provincial Belarus."
Rolling Stone's excellent write-up of Tough Guy Arpaio ( here ) details how Arpaio has literally jailed people for criticizing him, run racist and roughshod over Latinos, and chased his weird little birther campaign while ignoring 400 child sex cases in his department (no, I'm not kidding ).
Arpaio's opponent , Paul Penzone (campaign website here ), is seeking to capitalize on this. Quoth the Huffington Post:
Opponents of controversial Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio (R) are hoping that a new super PAC launched last week and backlash from Arpaio's embrace of the birther movement will unseat the longtime lawman.
A bipartisan coalition of Phoenix-area politicos led by state Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Phoenix) said that the new group, called Citizens for Professional Law Enforcement, will be a grassroots-based organization looking to raise funds and educate county voters about Arpaio's record, outside of immigration and jail issues. Gallego said that he believes that while Arpaio is known for his immigration policies -- and support for the state's controversial immigration law, S.B. 1070 -- it will be Arpaio's decision to investigate President Barack Obama's citizenship that will be his downfall.
"I think that the birther issue will have the most impact," Gallego told the Huffington Post. "S.B. 1070 has been an issue for years. The birther issue is something that is bipartisan in Arizona, across the board not popular."
Arpaio is a hoodlum, a thug, a media-trolling, controversy-addicted, mean-spirited bully, and if the gods smile, and the heavens align, he will leave public life this year.
It will be a beautiful thing to see, if Arpaio's birther shenanigans blow him out of the water. Stay tuned!