But will all that finish him off? Nope. What will bring him down is that he's a gay Republican. We don't yet know if the actual charges against him (if any) will prove to be true or not. But we do know there's a lot more out there to be dug up, and dug up it will be. So his opponents in the upcoming Republican Congressional primary have reason to celebrate. The sheriff is toast.
He's trying to tough it out right now, but can you think of a worse time for this to happen? All his "supporters" are standing with him (well, not Romney) and saying wonderful, understanding things about how his private life doesn't matter to them. Maybe that would have worked about a decade ago, when there were still reasonable Republicans with humanity and moderation. But not now! The Republican party has jumped so rapidly off the right-wing cliff that all we can do is shake our heads in wonder. As the country moves ever closer to widespread acceptance of same-sex marriage, they are reacting by digging in deeper every day. No national Republican dares even HINT at approval, if they value their careers. Now Babeu is going to make the case that he really, really, really is a staunch Conservative - except for that one little thing. He said, "For any other person to define somebody else's relationship and say it's not OK, that is not who we are as Americans." But the fact is that that is EXACTLY who we are as Republicans. (Or rather, who they are, not me). Have you listened to Santorum, the latest Republican frontrunner for President?
So Gould and Gosar have already issued statements about what a bad thing this is, and how sad they are to have to say so. (It's all about bad judgement!). Now the money from all those "patriot" groups around the country will start drying up. Watch the polls in the new CD 4. And watch the local Republicans start falling away, one after the other – and for all the wrong reasons.
Bye, Sheriff Paul.