Wiretappin’ Ain’t Easy

By Jesse Taylor
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 23:04 EDT
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imageIt takes some effort to do something more ridiculous than dress up as Pimp Von Pimpington III, but James O’Keefe still did it:

Alleging a plot to tamper with phones in Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office in the Hale Boggs Federal Building in downtown New Orleans, the FBI arrested four people Monday, including James O’Keefe, 25, a conservative filmmaker whose undercover videos at ACORN field offices severely damaged the advocacy group’s credibility.

Also arrested were Joseph Basel, Stan Dai and Robert Flanagan, all 24. Flanagan is the son of William Flanagan, who is the acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, the office confirmed. All four were charged with entering federal property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony.

What’s amazing is that it took four people to come up with an idea this stupid. You have to wonder what the ideas they didn’t use looked like.

“Hey, so, we should break into Mary Landrieu’s office and jizz all over the place.”

“Yeah, but that’ll leave all of our DNA behind.”

“Then we should jizz in their rubbing alcohol.”

“How much rubbing alcohol is the office going to have?”

“Okay, so we buy some and jizz in it and then leave it there.”

“But won’t they track rubbing alcohol purchases?”

“What about using cash?”

“I’m not going to get to an ATM until late this week.”

“Yeah, huh…how about we wiretap them?”


My favorite response is the lovingly clueless Megan McArdle, who seems to think that 24 is the new 12:

Like many 24-year olds, he may not have fully appreciated why what he was doing was wrong, but if the allegations are true, I hope that the judge explains it to him while handing down a stiff penalty.

Luckily, this sets up O’Keefe and company to write this off as a youthful indiscretion. You know, it really is difficult to make rational adult decisions after you’ve only received a college degree, held continued paying full-time employment for a few years and become a national figure in a self-designed controversy. You can’t even rent a car yet, you know. These guys were still babies! Let’s just hug them until it’s all better.

Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor is an attorney and blogger from the great state of Ohio. He founded Pandagon in July, 2002, and has also served on the campaign and in the administration of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. He focuses on politics, race, law and pop culture, as well as the odd personal digression when the mood strikes.
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