Remember James O’Keefe, the guy who, about six months ago, made a name for himself by dressing like what a well-off, white suburban kid thinks that a pimp looks like, and telling ACORN workers that he wanted to open brothels in their neighborhoods? Well, he’s back in the news today. It seems as though he and some buddies ( Joseph Basel, Stan Dai and Robert Flanagan) tried to recreate that magic moment in Conservative history that was the Watergate burglary, and got busted in the process. They were apparently in New Orleans, dressed like phone company employees, trying to tap the phones of Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu.
As one of the men arrested (Robert Flanagan) is the son of William J. Flanagan, the acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, I’m guessing that this wasn’t simply a prank, as some are trying to position it in the media. Someone brought O’Keefe, the master operative, to New Orleans. And someone put this crack team of dumb-asses together. It’ll be interesting to see what the FBI find when they search their homes and waterboard their friends. Right now, it’s looking like Republican activist and media mogul Andrew Breitbart may have been the man in charge, but it’s still too early to tell.
Anyway, what O’Keefe did was commit a felony on federal property, and he’ll most likely be going to prison for it. One can only hope that, when he gets there, he meets new friends who share his enthusiasm for racist buffoonery.
So, there you go, Republicans, you’ve got yourselves another martyr – another G. Gordon Liddy for the Twitter generation.