James O'Keefe won some Republicans' heart when he and another conservative activist, posed as a pimp and prostitute, videotaped an ACORN employee how they could withhold the nature of their earnings on their tax forms. Yesterday, O'Keefe and three conservative activists were arrested because they tried to bug Senator Mary Landrieu's (D-Lousiana) office.
Revenge can be sweet and it certainly was for MSNBC's liberal talk show hosts. Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann (I did not watch Ed Schultz or Rachel Maddow today) definitely were having some fun at O'Keefe's expense. They immediately compared what O'Keefe was doing to the 1972 break-in at the Watergate Hotel.
Before they jump ahead it should be noted the following:
(1) For all we know, O'Keefe and his conservative activists were acting on their own behalf. As of this moment, there is no evidence that would lead us to conclude that he was acting on any opposition leader's behalf.
(2) We don't yet know whether whether his motive (as opposed and distinguished from his actions) were purer than those who broke into the Watergate Hotel to dig up dirt for President Richard Nixon's re-election campaign. He might have considered himself to be a modern-day, conservative muckraker. (This would not excuse what he did and it would not make his actions any less criminal). He must and it is hoped, will pay for his crimes.
(3) This does not vindicate the ACORN official Mr. O'Keefe and his associate spoke to. O'Keefe caught an ACORN official red-handed, fairly and squarely, engaging in an illegal activity. Keith Olbermann, in particular, should have made that clear on his show. The charges which he currently faces concern his attempt to bug/wiretap a U.S. senator's office.