Indeed, Hendershott took a page from ol' Dick Nixon's book, alleging that everyone's out to get the sheriff.
You bet, it's a conspiracy, folks, set to rival the "9/11 was an inside job" crowd, and equally imaginary. It stretches from Barack Obama to Janet Napolitano to Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon to Arizona ADL Regional Director Bill Straus.
Hey, Hendy, you forgot the Masons and the Bilderbergers, while you're at it. See, it was all part of an evil plan. First, the feds give Arpaio 287(g) authority, the sheriff runs amok with it pursuing brown folk, then the feds crack down on the MCSO. Why, it's practically entrapment!
Um, except for the fact that Arpaio got 287(g) under Bush. Unless, of course, Duh-bya was in on it too.
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On the other hand, is it a conspiracy if a bunch of citizens and cops get together to try to put a lawbreaker in the can? Shucks, if that's the case, perhaps Hendy has a point.
You gotta love it when someone like Hendershott, who's spent his whole life accumulating power, and using it to retaliate against enemies and trample on the civil rights of citizens and non-citizens alike, plays the victim card.
Now, if Hendy had only worn mascara and wept so it could run...Maybe that's a trick he could save for when (if?) he gets indicted by the federal grand jury now investigating the MCSO.
Let's hope that, when this is all over, public figures like Straus and Gordon will be able to wear their inclusion in Hendy's "enemies list" on their arms like chevrons. You know, just like people on the Nixon enemies list did back in the '70s.
And those who routinely defend the sheriff -- like, say, Arizona Republic columnist E.J. Montini will never be able to live it down.
Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.