Supercop Dupnik: There must be a lesson about Rush Limbaugh somewhere in this story

posted at 8:14 pm on January 10, 2011 by Allahpundit

As annoyed as you are at this tool for being a ludicrous political hack and a disgrace to his office, please do understand that he’s inadvertently a huge asset to conservatives. Just watch him answer Diane Sawyer’s question about whether it’s appropriate for an investigator to tie his pet theories about talk radio to this case without any evidence. Answer: “Well, that’s my opinion. People can have their own opinions.” We’re talking about a horrific murder spree here, an international news event, with political tensions between left and right terribly inflamed because of it, and the lead fact-finder on the case is yakking to broadcast news about Rush Limbaugh because “that’s my opinion.” Naturally that’ll make him an instant hero to the left, but I can’t believe there’s a cop anywhere who won’t watch this and cringe all the way through. I’m also trying to imagine the reaction in the county D.A.’s office as this imbecile does his level best to prejudice the trial they’re eventually going to have to conduct. But then, what does a conviction of a mass murderer matter when Diane Sawyer’s sticking a mic in your face?

Speaking of disgraceful, ludicrous hacks, in case you missed it this morning, here’s Krugman’s entirely predictable, widely reviled paint-by-numbers indictment of conservative rhetoric. Patterico already tackled it earlier today, but if by chance you’re wondering where the line is now between dangerously irresponsible violent metaphors like Palin’s crosshairs map and genteel political gestures that no one could misinterpret, Krugman himself once chuckled at the idea of hanging Joe Lieberman in effigy. So there you go: If you want to pretend to lynch people (as at least one Palin-hater has done in the past), have at it, but for heaven’s sake — avoid the rough stuff. Click the image to watch.


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I predict he’s replaced with Basil Marceaux. He has a badge too.

mizflame98 on January 10, 2011 at 9:04 PM

I predict Obama makes him a Czar.

JellyToast on January 10, 2011 at 9:10 PM

The DA needs to get a gag order put on this Sheriff ASAP!

mizflame98 on January 10, 2011 at 9:12 PM

This guy makes Alan Grayson look sane!!

PappyD61 on January 10, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Please, let’s not get carried away here!

Bizarro No. 1 on January 10, 2011 at 9:13 PM

I’m starting to believe, that as incompetent as he is, and as bad a job as he’s done throughout this entire thing…he’s forgetting the victims here, and enjoying his newfound fame.

So naturally, he’ll progress his crap to Rush, then Hannity, and anyone else he can think up, in an interview.

He’s a pathetic, attention whore, seeking his 15 minutes…over, and over, and over, and over again.

capejasmine on January 10, 2011 at 9:13 PM

HillBuzz has all the phone numbers for this clown. They might have email address.

Do your duty. Call and ask him to resign. He is contaminating the jury pool.

Geochelone on January 10, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Ahhhhhhh…

The “Law of Unintended Consequences” making quick work of Supercop Dupnik…

… Opening your mouth before the bodies were cold, sparking the media blaze and exposing the hypocrisy and hate before they could truly control the debate, taking the mask of the Left catching them exposed for all to see,

and being the fool to take on Rush…

… Enjoy your fifteen minutes Dupnik,

I am sure sitting alone in a room with your ideology knowing your name is a National joke will be a great comfort…

Seven Percent Solution on January 10, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Thank goodness I live in Maricopa County instead of Pima County. For anyone outside of AZ, Tucson is the Madison Wisconsin of Arizona.

Hummer53 on January 10, 2011 at 9:16 PM

I swear the guy looks like he is going to cry, and is getting praise from Olbermann. I predict he resigns.

Marcus on January 10, 2011 at 8:20 PM

It is beyond Ironic and hypocritical that this sheriff is preaching against “vitriolic rhetoric” with Olbermann who compares his political opponents to Nazi’s and wishes they would be murdered:

http://weaselzippers.us/2011/01/09/flashback-olbermann-says-someone-should-take-out-hillary-clinton-during-dem-primaries/

“Only solution is for somebody who can take her into a room and only he comes out”

Keep fighting the good fight sheriff….
……..who are you going to swap stories with next…
………..Jane Fonda…
…………..how about Bill Ayers,he has a lot of respect on the left.Just some guy in the neighborhood who got in trouble for a little bit of vandalism.

This guy is nothing more than a partisan hack playing out some kind of “truth to power” fantasy.

Baxter Greene on January 10, 2011 at 9:16 PM

I bet his town is over-run with illegals.

SouthernGent on January 10, 2011 at 9:18 PM

I think he should be tested for Dementia, before being fired. Nuff said.

New Patriot on January 10, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Sooooo many people believe this narrative that Rush is the caustic voice of hatred and anger… it really boggles the mind. Unfortunately, this guys is one of seemingly millions.

MT on January 10, 2011 at 9:20 PM

By the way…

… You just know the Defense Attorney will ask for a change of venue due to Supercop Dupnik’s inability to not contaminate the crime scene with political rhetoric.

I’m thinking San Francisco…

… and a hung jury.

Seven Percent Solution on January 10, 2011 at 9:20 PM

What a dope. He should just dummy up.

Ward Cleaver on January 10, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Will someone fire this incompetent police officer before he retires and collects a million dollars in retirement!!!!!!!!!!!
afotia on January 10, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Hell ,no.
This dillweed should either be 0bama’s new press secretary or the new DNC chairman.
He’s solid gold.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on January 10, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Great post on “Mr. 15 minutes” here:


While We’re Raising Questions — I Have a Few About Sheriff Dupnik

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:52 pm
http://patterico.com/2011/01/10/while-were-raising-questions-i-have-a-few-about-sheriff-dupnik/

Forgive me if it sounds like I am co-opting the “we don’t know, but let’s raise this partisan non-sequitur anyway” format, but I have some questions about our friend Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik. And unlike the questions our lefty friends have been raising, these questions seem legitimate.

I suggest the sheriff here spend a little more time researching the fallout from Columbine and a little less time in front of the camera.

Baxter Greene on January 10, 2011 at 9:21 PM

I bet his town is over-run with illegals.

SouthernGent on January 10, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Running from Maricopa County.

Ward Cleaver on January 10, 2011 at 9:21 PM

He apparently turned down Bill O’Reilly to go on Olbermann.

That tells you everything.

I want to know more about the supposed “word” that went out that Democrats were to be sure and pin this on the Tea Party. I understand it was in Politico.

So this vitriol about vitriol was staged to take advantage of a national tragedy, the deaths of a very good judge, and the killing of young girls and the elderly.

The hate speech by the left was orchestrated.

There is a story.

petunia on January 10, 2011 at 9:23 PM

… and a hung jury.

Seven Percent Solution on January 10, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Hung Jury????
You are much to nice Seven…..

It was the far left that actually hated Gifford and her “Blue Dog” ways.

Loughner would be set free and hooked up for the rest of his life hanging with the code pink ladies in San Fran.

Baxter Greene on January 10, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Sooooo many people believe this narrative that Rush is the caustic voice of hatred and anger… it really boggles the mind. Unfortunately, this guys is one of seemingly millions.

MT on January 10, 2011 at 9:20 PM

So you don’t think that Dupnik is trying to distract from what a screw-up he was in the months and days leading up to the shooting? Whatever floats your boat.

gryphon202 on January 10, 2011 at 9:25 PM

I’ll paint this with a broad brush. Local cops aren’t experienced with stuff like this. Maybe a few in NYC or LA are seasoned enough to deal with the public on a crime of this magnitude. This guy is in way over his head right now. Someone – the county prosecutor, perhaps? – needs to step in and be the face of the ‘good guys’. It’s been Mickey Mouse up to this point. It’s not fair to the victims. They deserve better.

joejm65 on January 10, 2011 at 9:08 PM

EXACTLY. But then, how much experience does it take to learn “No Comment”? Conversely, how much ego, arrogance, or foolishness does it take to jump in with personal speculation?

Fighton03 on January 10, 2011 at 9:25 PM

If Laughner (sp?) walks away from this, free as a bird, it will be this Sheriff’s doing.

Shiny_Tiara on January 10, 2011 at 9:27 PM

want to know more about the supposed “word” that went out that Democrats were to be sure and pin this on the Tea Party. I understand it was in Politico.

petunia on January 10, 2011 at 9:23 PM

The Arizona Tragedy and the Politics of Blood Libel
Those who purport to care about the tenor of political discourse don’t help civil debate when they seize on any pretext to call their political opponents accomplices to murder.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703667904576071913818696964.html?mod=rss_opinion_main

By GLENN HARLAN REYNOLDS

Shortly after November’s electoral defeat for the Democrats, pollster Mark Penn appeared on Chris Matthews’s TV show and remarked that what President Obama needed to reconnect with the American people was another Oklahoma City bombing.

….and they are doing there best to score political points off of it.

Violence and politics merge
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/47294_Page2.html

One veteran Democratic operative, who blames overheated rhetoric for the shooting, said President Barack Obama should carefully but forcefully do what his predecessor did.


“They need to deftly pin this on the tea partiers,” said the Democrat. “Just like the Clinton White House deftly pinned the Oklahoma City bombing on the militia and anti-government people.”

Another Democratic strategist said the similarity is that Tucson and Oklahoma City both “take place in a climate of bitter and virulent rhetoric against the government and Democrats.”


How Progressive!!!!!

Baxter Greene on January 10, 2011 at 9:30 PM

… You just know the Defense Attorney will ask for a change of venue due to Supercop Dupnik’s inability to not contaminate the crime scene with political rhetoric.

I’m thinking San Francisco…

… and a hung jury.

Seven Percent Solution on January 10, 2011 at 9:20 PM

I thought the most slimable Eric Holder / FEDS were going to charge him as well? Now that I think about it, this guys odds are pretty good between the Sheriff and Holder. I hope even they cannot screw this up!

bluemarlin on January 10, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Good grief! This sheriff is creating this guys defense.

Shiny_Tiara on January 10, 2011 at 9:32 PM

If Laughner (sp?) walks away from this, free as a bird, it will be this Sheriff’s doing.

Shiny_Tiara on January 10, 2011 at 9:27 PM

………all the liberal idiocy in the world will not set this psycho free.

Turn him into a liberal martyr maybe….but not free.

Baxter Greene on January 10, 2011 at 9:34 PM

bluemarlin on January 10, 2011 at 9:30 PM

slimable = slimeable

bluemarlin on January 10, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Sheriff Buford T. Justice er sheriff Clarence Dupnik has got to be the biggest dumb ass in America. Why is there a 74 year old sheriff in Tucson?

Hilts on January 10, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Loughner would be set free and hooked up for the rest of his life hanging with the code pink ladies in San Fran.

Baxter Greene on January 10, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Now you are being kind…

… I wouldn’t call them “ladies”.

/

Seven Percent Solution on January 10, 2011 at 9:35 PM

So you don’t think that Dupnik is trying to distract from what a screw-up he was in the months and days leading up to the shooting? Whatever floats your boat.

gryphon202 on January 10, 2011 at 9:25 PM

I just know a surprising number of people who wholeheartedly subscribe to that narrative. He may be trying to distract from his own mistakes, or he may just believe it like these people I know do. I’m just commenting that it never ceases to blow my mind how many seemingly smart people are so easily compelled to buy this crap hook line and sinker.

MT on January 10, 2011 at 9:36 PM

So the Sheriff is entitled to HIS opinions, but Rush is not. And he doesn’t even see the hypocrisy in that.

So when is Obama going to make his proclamation to end the vitriol?

ctmom on January 10, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Because the guy I want in charge of a criminal investigation is the one who can decide the motive for the crime before the evidence is collected.

Damn the facts – I got this one SOLVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ace tomato on January 10, 2011 at 9:42 PM

If I was a criminal sitting in this county’s jail, I’d start screaming I’m a republican and demand a new trial. And a good crafty lawyer just may be able to pull it off after this fool decided to show his obvious prejudice.

sherry on January 10, 2011 at 9:42 PM

So the Sheriff is entitled to HIS opinions, but Rush is not. And he doesn’t even see the hypocrisy in that.

ctmom on January 10, 2011 at 9:36 PM

They never do!

bluemarlin on January 10, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Dupnik is now on Olbermann, repeating his argument.

He can repeat it as much as he wants as far as I’m concerned. :)

Bob's Kid on January 10, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Disgusting.

The horrible part is, if you listen to Rush, Beck, Palin, etc… you don’t ever get the feeling of hatred. Ever.
When you listen to Keith, Lib Politicians, Maddow, Schultz, and read Krugman, Down – you do pick up on their hatred of the persons mentioned above. Always.
Up is down. Black is white. And the Left is guano crazy. And dangerous.

reaganaut on January 10, 2011 at 9:58 PM

He has to go on Olberman as Rush skewered him today as neat as can be. Rush managed to say this guy was incompetent and a left wing meddler without ever using those words. He’s also too old for his job as far as I can tell and not fit either…kind of a bad example for younger law enforcement. He should be put out to pasture.

jeanie on January 10, 2011 at 9:59 PM

Is this guy elected or appointed?

jeanie on January 10, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Is this guy elected or appointed?

jeanie on January 10, 2011 at 10:03 PM

That was the first question I asked!

Elected.

Inanemergencydial on January 10, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Now you are being kind…

… I wouldn’t call them “ladies”.

/

Seven Percent Solution on January 10, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Heh!!!
Right on target.

Baxter Greene on January 10, 2011 at 10:10 PM

He seems to have rather a good law enforcement record, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s simply too old and not in good enough shape for the job. There are good reasons why law enforcement often has a mandatory retirement of somewhere between 57 and 62. They simply get to old to do the job effectively. Yes, I know this guy was probably driving a desk but sooner or later this will put him out of touch with life on the street. Sound as if this guy is long past ‘out of touch’—he’s on another planet.

jeanie on January 10, 2011 at 10:21 PM

Sheriff Buford T. Justice er sheriff Clarence Dupnik has got to be the biggest dumb ass in America. Why is there a 74 year old sheriff in Tucson?

Hilts on January 10, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Because he keeps getting reelected. FYI, Joe Arpaio is about the same age, 73 or 74.

JannyMae on January 10, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Scratch that. Arpaio is 78.

JannyMae on January 10, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Allah, when you get a chance you need to get a copy of Bob Beckel on with Sean Hannity. He not only defends Sarah Palin but even says that he used one of those target maps himself when he was a strategist.

mizflame98 on January 10, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Speaking as a person extremely well acquainted with old age, I have long wondered about the reluctance of people in their 70′s, such as this Dupnik, to retire. Usually it’s 2 reasons: They need the pay check or they can’t imagine not working because what would they do with themselves. I bet this guy falls into the second category. I always feel sad for the folks in the latter category because so many great experiences and fun await after retirement and they just can’t see it. It’s one of life’s best times.

jeanie on January 10, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Dupnik: “My department failed the citizens of Tucson, so I will place the blame for that failure on poltical discourse, Palin, and Limbaugh where it squarely belongs.”

paulsur on January 10, 2011 at 11:05 PM

If the shooter were a liberal Dupnik and Krugman would never mention that he is and would defend his psychosis, blame it on society or some such, maybe GWB, and then rant against guns and the death penalty…alas…

Schadenfreude on January 10, 2011 at 11:13 PM

Is Tucson a largely Democratic demographic? I ask because I read that all the Dem pols like to pose with him during elections to prove how pro-law enforcement they are.

jeanie on January 10, 2011 at 11:21 PM

Just so no one forgets what has been done to Sarah Palin by the liberals… for two (2) years…
you know, those loving, open and welcoming, accepting, “rainbow coalition” and “it takes a village” liberals…

http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/01/the-not-so-logical-left.html

PhilipJames on January 10, 2011 at 11:28 PM

Sheriff Vitriol needs to retire.

TimBuk3 on January 10, 2011 at 11:29 PM

If the shooter were a liberal Dupnik and Krugman would never mention that he is and would defend his psychosis, blame it on society or some such, maybe GWB, and then rant against guns and the death penalty…alas…

The shooter IS a liberal. Or he was. Now he’s an inmate.

ace tomato on January 11, 2011 at 12:28 AM

Krugman himself once chuckled at the idea of hanging Joe Lieberman in effigy.

Krugman had a 2008 election party where he encouraged guests to burn people in effigy!

We had an Election Night party at our house, thirty or forty people….The econ department, the finance department, the Woodrow Wilson school….We had two or three TVs set up and we had a little portable outside fire pit and we let people throw in an effigy or whatever they wanted to get rid of for the past eight years. One of our Italian colleagues threw in an effigy of Berlusconi.

YehuditTX on January 11, 2011 at 12:37 AM

Sheriff Dupnik is obviously a Rove plant.

YehuditTX on January 11, 2011 at 12:37 AM

Just so no one forgets what has been done to Sarah Palin by the liberals… for two (2) years…

PhilipJames on January 10, 2011 at 11:28 PM

Frankly, they’d have to stop doing it for five minutes for anyone to forget.

But she’s just the figurehead in their imaginations, they hurl the same vitriol and false accusations at all of us at one point or another.

Merovign on January 11, 2011 at 12:43 AM

The DA needs to get a gag order put on this Sheriff ASAP!
mizflame98 on January 10, 2011 at 9:12 PM

The gag order needs to be address to Sheriff Nifong

Think he’ll get the hint?

DSchoen on January 11, 2011 at 12:48 AM

Isn’t the Rush Limbaugh show on in the morning? Anyone really think that the shooter, Loughner, was ever up that early to listen to the program? I bet he rarely, if never, listened to Rush Limbaugh.

albill on January 11, 2011 at 6:05 AM

Clarence is also the anti-SB1070 sheriff.
He’s been in office for around 40 years. As was said before, at 74, he doesn’t have (or know) anything else. And with that much time in office, he obviously thinks he can say anything he damn well pleases and he’ll still get re-elected.

n0doz on January 11, 2011 at 6:06 AM

He didn’t just jump to a conclusion… he fell off the cliff. He needs to resign.

CynicalOptimist on January 11, 2011 at 7:20 AM

It is rather jaw-dropping the more one listens to this idiot and his political hackery – if he’s this clueless and he’s the sheriff of this area, it’s no wonder a maniac like this killer can run around for years undetected. How long has this buffoon been sheriff?!? He’s probably more interested in cozying up to the illegal aliens and Mexican drug runners than pursuing any loons running around. Tucson, what were you thinking?

mozalf on January 11, 2011 at 7:32 AM

dangerously irresponsible violent metaphors like Palin’s crosshairs map

Please tell me you’re being sarcastic.

DethMetalCookieMonst on January 11, 2011 at 8:19 AM

In my experience sheriffs are always political hacks. The real law enforcement work is done by their deputies.

Dukeboy01 on January 11, 2011 at 8:24 AM

I think this guy absolutely saw that the failure to take the reports seriously and giving this young man a pass several times would be discussed as soon as revealed.

He deflected with the red herring.

It has now confused everyone and let the police inaction not be the focal point.

AnninCA on January 11, 2011 at 8:28 AM

Speaking as a person extremely well acquainted with old age, I have long wondered about the reluctance of people in their 70′s, such as this Dupnik, to retire. Usually it’s 2 reasons: They need the pay check or they can’t imagine not working because what would they do with themselves. I bet this guy falls into the second category. I always feel sad for the folks in the latter category because so many great experiences and fun await after retirement and they just can’t see it. It’s one of life’s best times.

jeanie on January 10, 2011 at 10:40 PM

I agree. But alot of the politicians don’t want to give up the attention.

AnninCA on January 11, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Were this Sheriff and George Soros separated at birth?

TimBuk3 on January 11, 2011 at 9:03 AM

Is the sheriff’s department handling the investigation, and, if so, why? The crime was committed in the city of Tuscon which has its own police department. In my experience sheriff’s departments have jurisdiction and investigative responsibility in unincorporated areas of the county and city police departments have the responsibility within city boundaries. It may be that this sheriff, feeling excluded from the investigation by jurisdictional restrictions, has the need to insert himself into it. As a former deputy chief of police in a major city, I’ve frequently dealt with a sheriff who’s had nothing to do with an investigation but who has spouted off in the media about it.

Trafalgar on January 11, 2011 at 9:21 AM

To the good people of Tucson: You may be liberals, but do you feel safe with deputy hound dog in charge of your safety? If he let this guy off the hook after he made all those threatening phone calls, how many others are out there like him in your neighborhoods.
Someone should tell this guy the corner coffee shop is the proper venue for expressing opinions.

Kissmygrits on January 11, 2011 at 9:55 AM

OK, Sheriff Dupnik, your 15 minutes is now officially up!

Now shut the hell up and get back to doing what you are supposed to be doing, or that nutcase who is supposed to be the focus of this case is going to use you and your own words to his advantage come time for his trial and you, in turn, are going to be made to look like a fool who didn’t know well enough when to stop running his big fat loud mouth!

pilamaye on January 11, 2011 at 10:37 AM

and a hung jury.

Seven Percent Solution on January 10, 2011 at 9:20 PM

In the “new normal”, is the term “hung jury” inflammatory rhetoric? I mean,somebody could actually attempt to hang jury members. Then use of the term “hung jury” could be considered hate speech which incited a crime.

oldleprechaun on January 11, 2011 at 10:42 AM

If you have a dictionary, look up the word:BIGOT. It says those intolerant of others. It defines liberalism to the max. The sheriff speculating on the psychological make-up of the shooter is total incompetence on his part. The shooter was making death threats in 2007, before the Tea Party and Palin were ever thought of. He is just another liberal making excuses and attacking those he disagrees with. The attacks on the right are orchestrated as they are all saying the very same thing in unison like the brainwashed lemmings they are. Those that knew him say he was a leftwing nutjob, those that didn’t know him attack the right reinforcing liberalism is a mental disorder. The shooter burned the flag, hated Bush, read the Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf and was incensed that Giffords voted against Pelosi. EVERY piece of evidence supports that those who knew him as a leftwing nutjob were right. All others are babbling talking points like lemmings obeying their masters.

volsense on January 11, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Dupnik is a criminal.

proconstitution on January 11, 2011 at 9:48 PM

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