Its surprising how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit
Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio is famous for his stance on illegal immigration. He's also known for his repeated statements that he was going to run for one office or another, convincing nearly no one. On January 9, 2018, he finally made good on that statement when he announced he would join a list, not yet set, of challengers for the seat being mercifully vacated by Sen. Jeff Flake.
But don't throw those hats into the air in celebration just yet. While Arpaio truthfully brags that he has never lost a Primary, no Primary election ever ended the race. That was, and continues to be, the General Election. Stalwart Republican Arpaio supporters have shown a tendency of forgetting the prize is collected in November.
Arpaio, who will be 86 on Primary day, is still two things: beloved by Republicans across the country and sour about his conviction in federal court of discrimination against illegal immigrants. Right-thinking people know Arapio was railroaded, but so what? We have to live in the real world. As we all also know, being convicted and then pardoned does not wipe out the conviction. It simply sets it aside. Much will be made by the democrats in the General election about this. Remember that voters act on media coverage.
An early and fierce supporter of candidate Trump, Arpaio will likely make that his primary campaign strategy along with his provably correct stance on illegal immigration. Republicans love President Trump, who won the Arizona Presidential Primary by a wide margin.... against other Republicans. The problem with this strategy is that Republicans will vote for Arpaio in the Primary but the General is won by the Independent vote. Need proof? President Trump won the General Election in Arizona by only four points! It should have been by 12 points based on the Presidential Primary.
Arpaio won the Primary in the Sheriff's race by a similar wide margin. Need we remind you of how that General election turned out? Welcome aboard, Sheriff Penzone, best friend of illegal immigrant “guests.” You can look back on our site to that time in 2016 and find that we predicted a win for Arpaio in the Primary and a drubbing in the General. It was, sadly, a very easy prediction given the political climate at the time.
This will be an important election for Arizonans and especially for Republicans.
At this point, just over seven months from the Primary and with candidates like Martha McSally poised to enter the race, Arpaio looks very good to many conservative voters. Political analysts are negative on the Arpaio entry. Political analysts are often wrong. We think they are right about this.
Republican and Independent voters must think about the long game... keeping Arizona red which now is no certainty. We can't do that by voting emotionally as happened in 2016 in the Sheriff's race... and for the record, the Maricopa County Recorder's race. Oh, sure, we hear it all the time, “don't vote for the lesser of two evils.” Let that sink in and then think about what IS the real evil?
While we make an exception for McCain and Flake because they are democrats at heart, is voting for a candidate like, say, McSally, worse than voting for a candidate that realistically has very little chance of winning the Gold Ring in November, thus saddling us with a democrat who loves open borders, welfare programs, big bigger gargantuan government, regulations on everything and possibly turning the Senate over to the democrats who will immediately start impeachment proceedings against President Trump?
Should Arpaio win the General, a long shot to be sure, he would be halfway to 93 when he finishes his first term in 2025. How likely is it that voters will choose a candidate in that age range for a six year job?
Do we really need a repeat of 2016? Or can we just consider that our country is more important than even a beloved former Sheriff.
Like you, we wish things were different. If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.
NOTE: We are by no means supporting McSally but only using her as an example.
McSally is the chosen one by the GOP SWAMP Managers, as was 1st dropped into Tucson at the Lincoln Dinner in the 2012 race and ran against Kelly and most believe funded by McCain's people as do I. She's not the person she pretends to be but then had a great teacher, also recall the DACA Deal about to be shoved down our throats, remember the Dream & Strive Acts by McCain & Flake,well we wouldn't accept those and hope we all send a message directly to White House that we won't accept this as well, you don't locked up burglars inside your own home 1st remove them and while doing so fix the lock or broken window. God Bless You; Van
We all KNOW politics is a race for the consumption of political neophytes to be mislead, and for those who skew the facts of reality for personal gain. We as Republican CONSERVATIVES must sort out the facts from the fiction. It is a fiction that most would rather not believe nor KNOW for there is no perfect candidate, no McSally, no Ward, and even no Arpaio to choose from it is all about "our" Liberty. Human nature being what it is .... there is only an individual's choice to learn, understand, react to, and move forward to vote his/her conscious ... and KNOW what to vote against ... all Demon-crats at all personal costs. To do otherwise is to enslave our thoughts, and families to a Marxist collectivism of group thought !!
A primary election is a beginning and for some an ending, but it still is a process ... an origin of Freedom ...well thought out.