Sheriff Joe Like the Romney Speech, and So Should You

Sheriff Joe Like the Romney Speech, and So Should You

Sheriff Joe Like the Romney Speech, and So Should You

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Aug. 31 2012 12:49 AM

Sheriff Joe Like the Romney Speech, and So Should You

TAMPA -- Mitt Romney delivered a fine, workmanlike speech tonight. The "oceans roll back" line was a hit; it was interpreted, in the room, as a knock on Barack Obama's pomposity, not a joke about global warming. I left the speech next to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, though, and I had to ask him: What did he think of Romney playing up his father's time in Mexico?

"I worked in Mexico City, with the DEA," he said. "So I know all about where his family came from. My family came here from Italy. It was a good thing to talk about."

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I think so, too. But it was all fairly defensive, an argument that Romney should be liked, made to people whom -- he assumes -- don't quite like him yet. There'll be more in the ongoing breakfast table I'm writing with my colleagues here.

David Weigel is a reporter for the Washington Post.