Joe Arpaio Wins Best "Corruption-Based Chutzpah" from TPM; and the Rep Notices Joe Depo, Misses Diss of E.J.
Those wisenheimers over at the blog Talking Points Memo have honored Maricopa County's corrupt top constable with one of their annual "Golden Duke" awards, "given in recognition of great accomplishments in muckiness including acts of venal corruption, outstanding self-inflicted losses of dignity, crimes against the republic, bribery, exposed hypocrisy and generally malevolent governance."
Named for ex-GOP Congressman and bribe-swallower extraordinaire Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the awards represent TPM's gilded single-finger salute to those miscreants in public life who tick us off the most, with categories and nominations concocted by readers of the feisty online gazette. Arpaio was the big winner in the category "Outstanding Achievement in Corruption-based Chutzpah," triumphing over jailed financial kingpin Allen Stanford four votes to one.
Former SF Weekly editor Jack Shafer also voted for Joe in the category "Meritorious Achievement in The Crazy," but there Arpaio lost out to kohl-eyed birther wingnut Orly Taitz, and perhaps rightly so. However, I like Shafer's explanation of his vote for Joe in that category best:
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