I have no use for Joe Arpaio. I think he is more interested in engaging in political grandstanding than he is in being a responsible law enforcement official. Indeed, if he decided to retire to a tropical island, I am sure that the world of law enforcement would hardly miss him.
Of course, that is no excuse whatsoever for threatening to kill him.
Notice that unlike Jared Loughner, the lunatic who tried to kill Gabrielle Giffords, Adam Eugene Cox–the man accused of having made the threats against Arpaio–actually does have political motivations for his actions. Arpaio has gone on a tear about questioning President Obama’s birth certificate, and Cox is described as “a President Barack Obama fanatic.”
Think that will prompt the likes of Brad DeLong, Mark Kleiman, Matthew Yglesias, Markos Moulitsas, Andrew Sullivan, and Paul Krugman--among others–to decry the culture of political violence on the left that led to Cox’s threats against Arpaio?
Me neither. Their outrage is only reserved for false narratives about right-of-center propensities for violence, not true stories about actual threats of violence emanating from their side of the partisan divide.