Joe Arpaio Recall: Arizona Republic's Falsehoods, Hypocrisy, and Delusional Self-Importance
Recall this guy? How dare they!
When you're the editorial board of the newspaper of record in a benighted patch of sand like Maricopa County, I suspect it's easy to fall prey to self-deception and confuse 20/20 hindsight with omniscience.
Particularly if your collective voice is the only one you listen to, as is the case with the wannabe know-it-alls who say grace over the unsigned opinion pieces of the Arizona Republic.
Convincing others of your omniscience, that's a harder nut. The Rep's mediocre high muck-a-mucks think themselves capable of Orwellian mind-tricks, and like Soviet-era Pravda can simply make revisionist history a reality by declaring it so.
Take the latest asinine offering from the Rep's editorial board, which would have you believe that all the organizers of the failed recall of Sheriff Joe Arpaio needed was "patience."
Alas, if only the recall committee Respect Arizona had waited for federal Judge G. Murray Snow's recent ruling in the racial profiling lawsuit Melendres v. Arpaio, success would have been inevitable.
"A recall election requires an immediate justification," the know-it-alls advise. "It can't be launched simply because you passionately dislike an elected official."
Forget about the recall of state Senate President Russell Pearce, pulled off by the same folks, which was motivated in large part by "passionate dislike," same as a lot of politics, by the way.
Not that the Rep was all gun ho about the idea of recalling Pearce. See, the Republic is a newspaper that embraces stasis as its watchword. And recalls are uncertain, democratic, and often chaotic events.
About the Arpaio recall, the Republic's mostly-hoary scribblers of opinion suggest that,
"The recent ruling by U.S. District Judge Murray Snow that Arpaio's deputies racially profiled drivers stopped during the sheriff's preposterous `crime suppression sweeps' would have provided just such a justification [for a recall]."
Then comes the cliche disguised as wisdom:
"Timing is everything in politics, and Parraz et al wasted theirs -- to say nothing of the goodwill and scarce dollars of would-be supporters -- in this quixotic pursuit of the sheriff."
Harrumph. And double-harrumph.
Just out of curiosity, how did the Rep know with almighty certainty that Judge Snow would rule when he did and how he did?