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James O'Keefe, the conservative activist famous for making the ACORN "pimp" videos, is back in the news.

According to CNN:
James O'Keefe, best known for hitting the community organizing group ACORN with an undercover video sting, hoped to get CNN Investigative Correspondent Abbie Boudreau onto a boat filled with sexually explicit props and then record the session . . . documents show.

The plan was thwarted, CNN says, when Boudreau was tipped off. Assuming the story is accurate (some early reporting regarding an attempted caper at Sen. Mary Landrieu's office was inaccurate), it seems to me this is the latest example of a man who doesn't know when to get off-stage.

Had O'Keefe quietly transitioned into journalism or traditional activism after the ACORN video, he might well have forever been viewed by conservatives as a hero. Instead, he now appears to be a quixotic youth, desperate for fame and attention.

On one hand, it's hard not to admire his moxie. And one must give him credit for creativity. Clearly, in his mind, O'Keefe is attempting to appropriate the techniques of Sasha Baron Cohen and apply them to advancing his notion of conservatism (which appears to be focused primarily on pointing out hypocrisy within the Democratic Party and the national media).

The problem, of course, is that while O'Keefe brings youth and excitement to the table, he lacks wisdom. What is really needed here is some adult supervision to properly channel this energy into a productive cause. Conservatism can be stodgy and boring, and so there is a need for young activists who can inject energy into it. My guess is that this thirst has caused some conservatives to be too lenient when it comes to tolerating some of the amateurish actions of O'Keefe and his ilk.

Sadly, O'Keefe's insistence on continuing his weird brand of performance art has probably cost him his chance to be considered the 21st-century version of Paul Weyrich or Phyllis Schlafly. Instead, he seems more and more likely to be cast as the conservative version of The Merry Pranksters.
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wmanonfire51

Didnt this guy's video start the realization into what a corrupt outfit this ACORN group is and how it started their down fall ? Thanks to this guy there is one less corrupt group associated with the left that is living off of us tax payers. One day many many more to go.

September 30 2010 at 11:51 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Annette Dailey

Matt...are you kidding me? This guy has absolutely no credibility and has tried to manufacture evidence where none existed, over and over, simply for attention and his own crazy agenda. To even remotely suggest that he would be a good journalist would indicate that your level of professionalism for the industry is highly questionable.

September 29 2010 at 11:35 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
copperkettle3

Conservative values in action.

September 29 2010 at 5:25 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
libsareright

Is he not on probation for the last prank he tried? These young people never learn.

September 29 2010 at 3:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
norfwest

Had O'Keefe quietly transitioned into journalism or traditional activism after the ACORN video, he might well have forever been viewed by conservatives as a hero. ................................................................................ Really, Matt? This after it was revealed he selectively edited his video to show what he wanted people to see and believe? The full tapes were only made available in exchange for immunity from prosecution. But, he would have been revered if he just stopped there, huh? If a police officer only plants evidence once to secure a conviction, is he a champion of law enforcement? I guess he, too, could parlay that act into something more meaningful.

September 29 2010 at 3:25 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
nokabosh

The real story is the reporter and what she was about to do, not the guy.

September 29 2010 at 2:48 PM Report abuse -9 rate up rate down Reply
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libsareright

So please tell us exactly what was she about to do?

September 29 2010 at 4:00 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
puzzleguy1

Even after ACORN was exonerated and the O'Keefe video was provably edited, this little creep, accompanied by Breitbart (another creep) gets an on-camera interview with Geo. Stephanopolous on ABC. Is it any wonder that he is still trying his scams and incompetent brand of "investigative journalism"???

September 29 2010 at 2:31 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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wolfsonnydiane

I wonder why he isnt in jail or facing a large law suit over the crimes and slander this guy did.

September 29 2010 at 4:54 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
ziegler21wp

Could we please all stop paying attention to this O'Rourke character and just maybe, he will go away.

September 29 2010 at 1:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tunetown2

Nice. You fail to mention, and some posters appear to have forgotten or never got the memo that the ACORN video was a highly edited hit piece that depicted events that never took place as they were portrayed.

September 29 2010 at 1:13 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
syormick

I think the reason behind all this foolishness and dump stunts that people are into these days, can be traced back to the news media, both print and either radio or TV.People are now doing anything & everything to get the medias attention, because they know it will get exposure. Their hoping their 15 minutes of fame will turn into something bigger. Look at some of the politicians who left their office in disgrace, they wind up as analysts on TV or get a show ( Elliott Spitzer) or the girl he had sex with, she got a job as a journalist for a while. The couple who crashed the White House event,now on reality TV, not to mention all the " Hollywood Celebrities" who do stupid stuff, and have the media report their every move.( I'm surprised they don't report when they wipe themselves) So should we the public, be surprised, that a lot of people will do this kind of stuff to get the medias attention. News now has become "reporting the sensational and bizarre" so it will sell in whatever form its in. "We reported it first",or "this is an exclusive story", has become the standard, not verifying or checking facts etc. before releasing the it. News outlets are like a four month old puppy, running after its master( a person or group) wagging its tail,and panting for attention and any little scraps that will be thrown their way. News outlets or agencies no longer REPORT the news, they want to MAKE OR CREATE news. We all seek attention in one form or another, and as long as there is source out there that will give it to the public, you will have people vying for it, no matter what they have to do to get it.

September 29 2010 at 1:06 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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