SB 1062's Backlash Had One Negative Consequence: A Tsunami of Political Correctness

To read all the fake outrage spewed by schoolmarmish lefties over state Representative John Kavanagh's skewering of Sheriff Joe Arpaio during a recent roast of the aged autocrat, you'd think Kavanagh had shot a Mexican man in Reno just to watch him die.

Don't get me wrong, I take a back seat to no one in spanking the right-wing Republican from Fountain Hills whenever I can.

I've ripped Kavanagh new orifices in the past over his support for Arizona's ethnic-cleansing law, Senate Bill 1070, and for his slavish political alliance with recalled, disgraced former state Senate President Russell Pearce.

Luster Kaboom

I've excoriated Kavanagh, chair of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, for accepting free trips for himself and his wife to Azerbaijan and Commie China, and then turning around and sticking it to poor Arizonans with a bill to restrict panhandling.

Why, this year alone, I've written two columns slapping around the former cop with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. And I've devoted one column entirely to his 2014 Democratic challenger, Paula Pennypacker.

But the liberal reaction to his about 20 minutes on stage February 22 at the Western Conservative Conference's Arpaio roast at the Phoenix Convention Center has been downright ridiculous.

Have these nudniks never before seen a roast on Comedy Central?

The Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that usually spends its time hunting neo-Nazis, played thought police, publishing an article titled, "Exclusive: Latinos are Punch Line at Joe Arpaio Roast."

In reality, the story was not particularly exclusive, as other media were present at the event, including one local Fox 10 camera.

Also, the wingding streamed live, with media people like myself, Brahm Resnik, and former Arizona Republic reporter Robbie Sherwood, chiming in with tweets.

Kavanagh's zingers elicited zero indignation from the tweeters, probably because the jokes were told at Arpaio's expense. And for the most part, the jokes were funny.

Don't believe me? Listen to the entire roast — not just the excerpts provided by the SPLC and other outlets — at www.phoenixnewtimes.com.

My personal favorite dealt with the sheriff's posse.

"I remember the story of how Sheriff Arpaio has his volunteer posse members . . . go undercover in massage parlors to do prostitution stings," Kavanagh said.

"Is it any wonder he has 3,000 posse members!"

Ba-dum-pa.

"I was a cop for 20 years in New York, and I thought we had a good police discount," he cracked.

Here's another good one that could've been lifted from Animal House.

"The sheriff's been in office so long in Arizona . . . that he's become a fixture in this state," Kavanagh said. "Unfortunately, for many people, that's a urinal."

At the start of his segment, Kavanagh urged Joe to sit in a chair next to him, facing the audience.

"Get out here. I don't roast if I can't baste," Kavanagh told the sheriff

And baste he did.

Now, if you're going to make fun of Arpaio, you have to go after his obsession with running after Hispanics to the exclusion of almost all else. So Kavanagh went there.

"Sheriff Joe is the kind of guy that you gotta love," he stated at one point, "as long as you have papers."

This is the sort of joke a liberal would tell.

Hell, it's the kind of joke a liberal or conservative Hispanic might tell, though most hate Joe so much (and for good reason) that you'd be hard-pressed to find anybody who'd admit it. Publicly, at least.

Early on, Kavanagh did his impersonation of the court-appointed monitor in the ACLU's big civil rights case, Melendres v. Arpaio, in which a federal judge found the Sheriff's Office guilty of racial profiling.

In the hot seat, Joe sounded confused.

"What is this thing?" wondered Joe.

"It's okay, I'm not the federal monitor," Kavanagh snarked, raising his voice. "How many Hispanics did you pull over on the way over here, Arpaio, huh?"

That's the kind of line that got the SPLC, the über-lefty "nonprofit" organization Media Matters for America, and the liberal political blog Think Progress in a tizzy.

Ditto the League of United Latin American Citizens, which called on Kavanagh to resign because of his "racist remarks."

Kidded Kavanagh, "Going out with Sheriff Joe is always an adventure. Usually when we walk into a restaurant, most of the wait staff and cooks dive out the back window."

He added, "And when they don't, I never know what's in my food."

Are these lines racist? Are they targeting the Latino community?

No. Admittedly, they are edgy. But let's be honest: The restaurant industry would collapse if there were no undocumented folk around to do the work that ofays won't do.

Crackers in this county would starve to death.

And, obviously, Joe's been known to target eating establishments as he hunts for the undocumented.

If I were undocumented and saw Joe coming in, I'd probably amscray. And if I didn't, I'd be tempted to add some really gross secret ingredients to his order.

Another Kavanagh joke that fired up the liberal echo chamber dealt with Senate Bill 1062, the denial-of-service legislation that teabagger Kavanagh supported and the governor vetoed.

Kavanagh told his audience that he scoffed at the idea 1062 would cause discrimination based on religious beliefs.

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dkessler4
dkessler4

Kavanagh hasn't lived in Arizona long enough to respect all of the people who have made their homes here.  We need to remove him from office at the first possible opportunity.  Whether his actions were racist or just plain disrespectful doesn't really matter.  It is unfortunate that the courts do not provide federal monitors for people like this.  He needs one just as much as Joe does...

franleek
franleek

He needs to stick to felons.

jeanjb
jeanjb

"that explains everything"was true,as people from the east come to my home state and try to muck up my life and threaten my freedom.

arizona was truly a paradise in the 1950's through the eighties,where you could do just about anything and not be bothered by do-gooders(1070),unles you touched the tip of my nose where your rights ended. at least that is how barry goldwater saw it.

azweasel
azweasel

Just another no class piece of shit living in fountain hills. His attempt at comedy and jokes show his true colors.

opinionfinal
opinionfinal

No this horses a$$ Kavanugh shot himself in the foot with his own mouth, not somebody in  Reno. He doesn't have the sense God gave a goose.  When are you people in Fountain Hills going to stop embarrassing yourselves, and get him out of office?

 
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