Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Thoughts on James O'Keefe et al

As you probably know by now James O'Keefe and three other individuals were arrested Monday in New Orleans for attempting to interfere with Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu's phones in her constituency office.

To be precise, O'Keefe and his crew have been charged with entering federal property under false pretenses and intending to commit a felony. If convicted they could face up to 10 years in federal prison plus a fine of $250,000.

O'Keefe came to fame last summer when he and Hannah Giles exposed corruption in ACORN through undercover videos. The two posing as a pimp and a prostitute caught ACORN employees advising them on how to evade taxes and traffic underage prostitutes. The videos resulted in ACORN losing its funding from Congress.

When you are a 25-year old and your actions result in Congress doing something you cannot help but get a big head. O'Keefe probably thought he could do anything and get away with it. Now O'Keefe and company are entitled to the presumption of innocence. But his explanation for his actions had better be good. Because otherwise he is going to learn a very hard lesson in humility.

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