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Friday, January 29, 2010

Some Thoughts On O'Keefe and ACORN

I have been weary of writing about the affair of James O'Keefe because I wasn't there. Without being there and knowing his intent, it's hard to make a judgment on the situation. There are a few things that are clear. First, James O'Keefe handed ACORN a gift. ACORN can now dismiss most of what O'Keefe uncovered as the investigation of a "criminal",

Wade Rathke himself summed up the attacks best.

Now in a twist, and you just can’t make this stuff up, this yahoo and a couple of other dim lights from the right, were all caught redhanded by the FBI on Monday morning trying to scam their way into Senator Mary Landrieu’s office in the Hale Boggs Federal Building in the city. Seems they were tricked out with fluorescent vests and tried to talk their way into the phone system. O’Keefe in clownish fashion seems to have been easily observed filming his buddies on this Watergate bumblers expedition with his cell phone, although I’m betting it was a flip camera, but we’ll soon see. Once Landreiu’s office staff showed them the main GAO phone system, it seems like the secretary called the feds on their stupid butts.

ACORN will do everything they can to marginalize O'Keefe and they will largely be successful.

Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), who led a congressional push to cut off federal funds for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, said the credibility of the conservative filmmaker who targeted the group has been badly damaged in the wake of federal charges against him.

James O'Keefe, the filmmaker, and three other men in their mid-20s, were arrested Monday for allegedly attempting to tamper with Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-La.) phones by pretending to be telephone repairmen. The four men each face up to 10 years in prison — and a $250,000 fine — for allegedly entering federal property under false pretenses.

O'Keefe says he went into Landrieu's office because he received information that Landrieu was ignoring phone calls and claiming the phone wasn't working. Whatever the reason, there's overwhelming evidence that he entered Landrieu's office under false pretense. He'll have to deal with the consequences.

For conservatives, they put their stock in O'Keefe himself and not merely the videos. Because they lionized him as they did, they invested in him. As such, any failings are now their own. The videos spoke for themselves and that should have been the story. O'Keefe himself became nearly as much of a story.

Tiger Woods is uniquely gifted golfer. Because he is, there were many that invested in his entire persona. The public at large knew little about his life outside the golf course. That's why we were shocked when his personal life spilled out. In this same way, O'Keefe made a great piece of investigative journalism. He is not infallable. None of us are. Some treated him as though he was. As such, it's not merely his own credibility that takes a hit. In fact, his investigative piece on ACORN is hit as well.


AG said...

Between this, Obama embarrassing the Republicans on national television, and the strong GDP numbers...

game changer?

mike volpe said...

Get out of your liberal cocoon. First, Obama embarrassed no one. Second,this has little to do with Obama. Third, the GDP is an economic number not a political one. Until there's jobs there is no game changer. Besides Obama's troubles are much more than the economy alone. His terror policies are less popular than his economic policies.

Face it, Obama is in deep do do.

AG said...

If the Republicans weren't embarrassed, its because they were too stupid to realize they were beaten. Even I know the Supreme Court struck down the line item veto and I was like 13 years old at the time, so what was Paul Ryan of Wisconsin's excuse?

He embarrassed Fox News pretty badly. What other objective reason could there be for them cutting away 20 minutes early just to let Peter King attack him unchallenged in the studio?

mike volpe said...

I didn't see the end though I heard it was long. So, if they cut away it's because they'd dedicated an hour plus. More than that, I'm not sure how what Fox News did has to do with the Reps or some sort of game changer.

I don't know what Ryan said so I can't speak of it. Again, no one was embarrassed.