I mean, yeah, sure, if a bunch of Lefties tried to do a sting operation of Republicans Acting Badly and got caught at it I’d almost certainly go ballistic. But that’s my job. That’s my colleagues’ job, too. We yell at Democrats so that Republican candidates don’t have to. All that Team Clinton is doing here is elevating O’Keefe’s shop by treating them as worthy of Team Clinton’s freak-out. It seems… like the sort of thing that you’d get a proxy for, honestly.
It must be a really fun life experience, working for Hillary Clinton right now.
Erick over at RedState has already gone over how nasty these people are, but my primary reaction is slightly different.
What James O’Keefe has demonstrated here is that Battleground Texas isn’t competent enough to make sure that anything told to them stays in confidence. If you are a Texas Democrat and you have ever spoken candidly to a Battleground Texas staffer, let this act as a not-friendly observation: you may have been recorded. You cannot trust any assurances from Battleground Texas that it did not happen in your case. And you had better hope that you didn’t say anything stupid, vile, and/or prosecutable.
[UPDATE: I have been made aware that the individuals in this video are county employees, not state ones.]
OK, let me set the background. You are a public sector employee for the state of Ohio; this probably means that you are a Democrat. You are probably aware, however vaguely and dimly, that there is a group out there who went around a few years ago and got ACORN defunded by pretending to be a prostitute and her pimp who wished to get tax help for the former’s prostitution, not to mention tax help for their underaged El Salavadoran hooker enterprise. This was largely considered ‘bad.’ So, you’re working one day, and in walk two men with bad Russian accents who wants to apply for Medicaid benefits, even though one of the men owns a modified sports car with a gold-plated engine that’s been purchased with profits from their illicit drug business. And, oh yes: they need to know about getting public funding for abortions for their under-aged hooker sisters.
I really hope that Salon didn’t pay top dollar for that dreary racism hit piece against James O’Keefe in the first place, because Retracto makes it pretty clear that Blumenthal didn’t give them their money’s worth. However you want to score it.
I would feel sorry for the people that actually rely on Salon.com as a news source, if this is what they’re paying for; only, I’m reminded of what the great Rev. Ivan Stang of the Church of the SubGenius said* of ur/o/lag/ni/a videos**:
“Trying to masturbate to this would be a real challenge.”
And this message is to Attorney General Holder: I want you to know that we have more tapes, it’s not just ACORN, and we’re going to hold out until the next election cycle, or else if you want to do a clean investigation, we will give you the rest of what we have, we will comply with you, we will give you the documentation we have from countless ACORN whistleblowers who want to come forward but are fearful of this organization and the retribution that they fear that this is a dangerous organization. So if you get into an investigation, we will give you the tapes; if you don’t give us the tapes, we will revisit these tapes come election time.
Italics in original. If this is a bluff… well. Every time somebody thought that Andrew Breitbart has been bluffing on the ACORN scandal, he’s turned out not to be. The latest one has Patterico almost gibbering in glee as he rakes the LA Times and James Rainey over the coals for their uncritical willingness to believe Lavelle Stewart; it doesn’t seem particularly safe to hope that this time is the time that Breitbart’s got nothing left.
Though O’Keefe described himself as a progressive radical, not a conservative, he said he targeted ACORN for the same reasons that the political right does: its massive voter registration drives that turn out poor African Americans and Latinos against Republicans.
“Politicians are getting elected single-handedly due to this organization,” he said. “No one was holding this organization accountable. No one in the media is putting pressure on them. We wanted to do a stunt and see what we could find.”
Because if you are, here is an advisory: as of this moment, if the Right catches you or your staff within 100 yards of an ACORN office or worker we will cheerfully crucify you with that organization. And by ‘crucify’ I mean ‘take the metaphorical and rhetorical equivalent of long iron nails and permanently attach you to ACORN with them.” As the above link to Jon Stewart’s appalled reaction to all of this shows, public perceptions of the group shifted, and not to the benefit of the people that like to use ACORN. Now would be a good time for individual Democratic politicians to start publicly breaking with the group, in fact.
Let me put it this way: after seeing the first part of the San Bernardino ACORN video – the one where the ACORN stooge is bragging about her husband’s death, her running of her own brothel, and the way that she knows Senator Barbara Boxer – GayPatriot called up Boxer’s office*. He’s reporting that the Senator’s staff is pointing out in their responses that their boss voted to defund ACORN. When Senator Barbara Boxer can see the writing on the wall…
PS: One of my colleagues has noted privately something to the effect that the problem with all of this is that Andrew Breitbart has raised the expectations of what constitutes a successful website launch to totally unsustainable levels.