The Data Port returns to the fray after a long absence. Political blogging is made hard by a number of factors, not the least of which is that there are so many political bloggers... and the rascals are so quick.
By the time a thoughtful commentator has marshaled his wits to make the necessary trenchant comment four other folks in the blogosphere have already done so, and their views have been demolished by equally perceptive critiques by their opponents.
I recently shamelessly eavesdropped on a vigorous conversation going on at an adjoining lunch table. It was about L’affaire Babeu, and the Sheriff’s recent outing by an alleged former lover. The speaker loudly affirmed that he would never pull the lever for that man again.
I found that very odd. He must have once approved of the Sheriff enough to vote for him. Liked his aggressive immigration policies; favored his pursuit of grants to improve equipment; found no fault with the management of his department, and so on.
It’s pretty hard to believe that while he was in the closet his deputies didn’t at least suspect, but apparently Babeau was on efficient, workmanlike terms with his staff and the policing of Pinal County went forward to everyone’s satisfaction.
And he did all this while he was gay? How’d he do that?
The real loser in all this is my involuntary lunch companion, who has now rejected the man he once would have, I imagine, supported for Congress. Good Grief!
Here’s a link to Babeau’s web site. <click>