Jan 11, 2011

Arizona's Clouseau - the sheriff of Pima County

Comparing Sheriff Dupnik (pictured) to the laughably bumbling and incompetent police inspector Clouseau, whose investigations are marked with chaos and destruction mostly brought on by himself, would be priceless - except for one thing. Clouseau was funny.

From the report:

The strangest figure to emerge from the Tucson shooting story is Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik.

He was in front of every camera around pushing a highly politicized agenda.

In the early hours after the shooting, Dupnik was mumbling about “people in the radio business and some people in the TV business” creating the climate which led to the shootings.

Later he started naming names, beginning with Rush Limbaugh.

Every time he’s been confronted about these irresponsible slanders, he admits he has absolutely no evidence or logical argument to back up his claims… until he gets to a friendly interviewer like Keith Olbermann, who wants to buy what he’s selling.

Then he suddenly declares that libeling people who had absolutely no connection whatsoever to the target of a murder investigation is one of his official duties.

The comically offhanded nature of Dupnik’s political speculations make it clear he never expected them to be challenged.

On Saturday afternoon, he clearly thought he was about to become a media and political superstar.

Instead, he became a laughingstock.

When was the last time a President of the United States had to send in his FBI Chief to handle a local incident? If you said never, you'd probably be right.