Wednesday, January 27, 2010

GOP Propagandist Busted!

This is rich!

okeefe In case you missed it, four people were arrested for trying to plant wiretaps in Senator Mary Landrieu's office. One of them was the lead actor in a recent hit job on a community minded organization:

A conservative filmmaker whose undercover videos shone a spotlight on alleged corruption by the liberal activist group ACORN was arrested with three other men and accused of plotting to wiretap the New Orleans offices of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. The FBI said in an affidavit that James O’Keefe was among the four men who were arrested Monday. Special Agent Steven Rayes said O’Keefe was helping two others, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan, who were dressed as employees of a telephone company ...

When the burglars behind the break in at the Watergate Hotel were first busted, Republicans were quick to call it a meaningless third-rate burglary. It turned out to be orchestrated at the highest levels of power and brought down Republican President Richard Nixon.

Via Media Matters, 31 House Republicans recently supported a resolution honoring today's accused felon. These scary freaks are heroes to a frightening conservative movement that reaches from militias and racists in every dark nook and cranny of the nation clear to the senior Republican leadership in the House and Senate. It's a movement that has been flirting with armed revolution and secession, disrupting political meetings in the tradition of the German Brown Shirts of the 1930s, and carrying semiautomatic rifles to town halls and Presidential addresses. The last time right-wing terrorist nuts were ignored two of them ending up blowing up a building in Oklahoma City and killed 168 innocent people including 19 children… [emphasis added]

Inserted from <Daily Kos>

I see three things here.

First, there needs to be an investigation to find out just how high this goes to determine which GOP leaders authorized it and funded it.

Second, Okeefe’s criminal character, the assumption that his ACORN video was not doctored no longer holds water.  Congress must immediately refund ACORN.

Third, the 31 GOP extremists who voted to make this guy a hero must be forever tied to that vote.  Here are their names and districts:

republicanreich Todd Akin [R-MO2], Roscoe Bartlett [R-MD6],Joe Barton [R-TX6], Rob Bishop [R-UT1], Jo Bonner [R-AL1], John Boozman [R-AR3], Paul Broun [R-GA10], Henry Brown [R-SC1], John Campbell [R-CA48], John Carter [R-TX31], Howard Coble [R-NC6], Tom Cole [R-OK4], Michael Conaway [R-TX11], John Culberson [R-TX7], Mary Fallin [R-OK5], Trent Franks [R-AZ2], Louis Gohmert [R-TX1],Kay Granger [R-TX12], Ralph Hall [R-TX4], Jim Jordan [R-OH4], Steve King [R-IA5], John Kline [R-MN2], Doug Lamborn [R-CO5], Blaine Luetkemeyer [R-MO9], Daniel Lungren [R-CA3], Kenny Marchant [R-TX24], Joseph Pitts [R-PA16], Bill Posey [R-FL15], Phil Roe [R-TN1], Jean Schmidt [R-OH2], and John Shadegg [R-AZ3]


Infidel753 said...

I've long wished that the right wing would get back to the rational conservatism of the pre-Moral-Majority era, but I wasn't thinking of re-enacting Watergate.

Lisa G. said...

They are supporting felons? How far the Republicans have fallen. Shameful.

Gwendolyn H. Barry said...

Well done TC! Nice post! AGreeing with your sentiments. GAD.

Sue said...

TC, I'm friggin speechless. If those felons aren't thrown in jail then we as a nation should hang our heads in shame. The rethuglican party is becoming unrecognizable. But we have citizens who condone every sickening dirty scummy rotten thing the bastards do. I better go before I explode and say some really bad words....

Stimpson said...

What, Michele Bachmann isn't on the list of O'Keefe-praising reps? How can that be?

Lisa G. said...

That kid looks like a badly dressed pimp - and that's saying something. What kind of dead animal does he have draped over him? He looks like a complete ass. Ten bucks says that girl has a tramp stamp on her ass.

Jack Jodell said...

I have no sympathy whatsoever for these wingnut fanatics. If they so believe that the end justifies their means, then let;'s have their means determine and justify their end. Throw the book at the little bastards---10 years in prison plus a heavy fine, without parole!

TOM said...

We used to call him "Tricky" Dick Nixon. Then we simply called him "crook."
Seems the Republican party (which likes to look to the past for ideas on how to act in the present) is reaching to its criminal past History to try and get advantage over the Democrats.
The question then and now is, what did they expect to get? What minimal information would be worth committing felonies?
One of the crooks involved in this crime, was the son of an Attorney General who owes his position to Sen. Vitter.
In Watergate it was follow the money and political connections. No difference here. Seems the "plumbers" are not out of business.

Hill said...

And the cover-up begins...

Tricky Dick would be so proud.


ivan said...

Right-wing terrorists?

This wants to make me jump to conlusions and start reading Alex Jones or somebody.

TomCat said...

Infidel, this appear nore a Rovian dirty trick than a wire tap, but it reaches a GOP-specific ethoical level.

True, Lisa.

Thanks Gwen.

Sue, I trust they will do some time. I'd like to see 10 federal (out in 8.5).

Stimpson, she must have been out sick that day. :-)

Lisa, that's his pimp publicity costume to make it seel like he was dressed that way when he made the ACORN videos. He wasn't when he was inside.

Jack, even with Repuglicans, I believe in reasonable time off for good behavior and constructive programming.

Tom, they expected to get vodeo of the staff not caring that Tea Bugger calls were not getting through.

Glenda, I think even Nixon would be embarrassed by these clowns.