Pimpin' Ain't Easy
(Update: Thanks to Adam Weinstein at Mother Jones for the linkie love.)
Remember James "Superfly" O'Keefe, the right wing "activist" who shot a bunch of videos last year purporting to discredit ACORN and made Congress panic enough to shut down their federal grants? Well, now he can add "bumbling criminal" to "faux pimp" and "activist" to his list of credentials because O'Keefe was busted today for trying to tamper with Senator Mary Landrieu's phone lines.
Three other people were arrested in the sting including the son of Bill Flanagan, an acting US Attorney (also a Republican). "It was poor judgment," Robert Flanagan's lawyer, Garrison Jordan, said. "I don't think there was any intent or motive to commit a crime."
Oh, heavens to Betsy no. People break into the offices of United States senators posing as workmen all the time with no intent of doing mischief. Then why, pray tell, were they were arrested because ignorance of the law always equates with innocence, don't you know? (Nonetheless, tampering with phone lines is a felony and, in this case, a federal felony.).
Here's the money shot- these right wing merry pranksters even had their vague and apparently impotent exploits preserved for loving posterity: O'Keefe, ever the conscientious documentarian, recorded the whole thing on his cell phone.
If he's lucky, he can get Bill Flanagan to arrange for him to keep his pimp fedora- It'll go great with his red prison jumpsuit.
And Congress panicked and cut off 10% of ACORN's funding when this right wing bozo's videos surfaced? Just because he and Hannah Giles found a couple of bad apples in ACORN's offices didn't mean there was a vast left wing conspiracy to commit voter fraud and other crimes.
Tampering with phone lines and the voting process, on the other hand, is something that conservative scumbags across the board do all the time. But young Mr. O'Keefe can take heart: After he gets out of jail, maybe he can write a book about the incident, get a stupid literary agent to sign him up, get the thing published and be able to pimp it on Fox and ABC News.