The question is why, but the more interesting question is when will the MSM begin to smell a rat? Would they find it investigation-worthy if the sheriff was a Republican and came out railing against Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, or Obama, while not talking much about his own department's history with the madman? That would also be outrageous.
Allahpundit asked some good questions and made some good suppositions in covering the mysterious but thinly sourced blog story about what the Pima Sheriff's Dept knew and when they knew it, and notes the sheriff's weird reaction when questioned on his naming el-Rushbo:
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.”Well yes, "people" can have their own opinions, but he's speaking on behalf of his county and their sheriff's office. Such a thing is cartoonish behavior for a law enforcement officer. He's up there in years, did he never watch Dragnet? It's almost as if he's doing it on purpose, by script.
But why? Is this just the manifestation of grief? If so, they could easily get another county official to take his place as the spokesman. They have not. Or perhaps he knows something the rest of us don't about Loughner's intent? Maybe he's a card player. Maybe another shoe is about to drop.
Meanwhile, Obama is now planning a trip to Arizona for a speech on Wednesday. Assuming no bombshell, er, sorry, significant development occurs between now and then surely he won't show up and echo this sheriff's partisan rants. That seems to leave two options--simply sticking to the somber job of eulogizing the victims or doing so then trying to also sooth our partisan edges by condemning his own ranks for politicizing a tragedy. Gently bashing the sheriff could raise his stock on the right just as the new Boehner Congress presses forward.
And all of it would be predicated on destroying a strawman built by the same sheriff and rolled forward by Krugman, Olbermann and the MSM clown posse. Remember Rahm's mantra about not wasting a crisis.
So we'll see. The WaPo wonders what he'll say--as do I--since it might clear up a mystery.