Recently the liberal daily has developed an affinity for the libertarian Goldwater Institute (GI). More than an affinity, it actually is reminiscent of a romantic crush. All that’s missing is a big fat smooch on Clint Bolick’s balding pate.
An odd pairing, to be sure — but this unlikely duo has an antagonist in common: None other than Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
It makes little sense. Bolick is the director of the Goldwater Institute’s Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation. Criticisms of the Office of the Maricopa County Sheriff are clearly outside the purview of Constitutional litigation. Where is the issue of Constitutional law and is there any litigation involved?
Bolick claims the MCSO improperly clears criminal investigations leading to inaccuracies in crime statistics reported to the FBI. He conveniently omits the fact that agencies set their own guidelines and the FBI “guidelines” are just that – not a requirement.
‘Tis a puzzlement.
The GI’s Scharf-Norton Center website says one of its “primary purposes is the goal of representing the indigent to enforce their constitutional rights to free speech, property and economic liberty.” But it also is quick to add, “our clients receive free legal representation thanks to the generosity of our donors.”
Could it be the generous donors and others have an axe which the GI is more than happy to grind?
Last December 3, the Goldwater Institute began its drubbing of Sheriff Arpaio. Seeing Red AZ covered the attack with The Goldwater Institute did not issue biased report in a vacuum. We also wrote A tale of two mavericks on December 12, 2008.
It is worth reacquainting yourself with the posts — since this is clearly not the end of the GI’s involvement in the public flogging of the sheriff.