Just Funnin’

The weasely young guy whose fake ‘pimp’ video gave ACORN’s political enemies enough political cover to shut it down had a great new idea. He was going to lure a CNN reporter into an embarrassing situation– and then broadcast it. A kind of Republican ‘Candid Camera’.

Salon has coverage of James O’Keefe’s plan to use his masculine charm to seduce the reporter– and get even with her for using her ‘bleach blonde’ attributes to get the credibility that rightly belongs to him– at least that’s how he sees it. His plan, interestingly, was foiled by a woman who was supposed to be his assistant. She recognized crazy when she saw it.

The hate behind this plan to sexually humiliate a female journalist, and O’Keefe’s sense of grievance and right to get even is truly creepy. Kind of like a flasher who gets off on scaring and shocking women.

Is this the Young Republican hero?

Tracy Clark-Flory wonders whether O’Keefe was trying to fake CNN into running a faked sex scandal…

Maybe he wanted to trick [reporter, Abbie] Boudreau into believing she had happened upon a salacious story about another conservative with a sordid secret life just begging to be exposed. Given that O’Keefe sees CNN as wildly biased — which is funny, given that the network is “allergic to opinion to the point of occasional incoherence,” as Alex Pareene put it — it could be that he assumed Boudreau would run wild with the story and then O’Keefe would humiliate her by revealing it as a hoax.
The props seem too slapstick for that, though. I mean, fuzzy handcuffs and Alicia Keys? Is this a sex den or a 20-year-old’s bachelorette party? Also, please note that the list of props includes “an obvious sex tape machine” — you know, one of those crazy sex tape machines the perverts are always using. Maybe O’Keefe’s plan was simply to create an atmosphere of sexual humiliation — to coax Boudreau into an environment filled with sex toys and images of naked ladies — and then document her inevitable discomfort and embarrassment. All the while, O’Keefe makes over-the-top passes at her while she struggles to function in a professional capacity. (Boudreau reports there is also a lot of sexually explicit language in the planning memo that CNN has not yet released.)


Echidne of the Snakes has Abbie Boudreau’s comments.

CNN’s reporting on the incident reveals a seriously malicious focus on Abby Boudreau and an intention to ‘burden her career’. What is going on with these people?

Republicanism is a Choice

Ken Mehlman, Republican National Committee chairman during the Bush administration, has come out as gay. He’s now working as an attorney in a private equity firm. He’s no longer in a place where telling the truth could have rocked the establishment and slowed down the momentum of the anti-gay activists.

Back when he had some power in Washington, when he was close to the President and his advisers, he went along with the cynical decision to create an ‘enemy’ to rev up the base…

Mehlman said President Bush “is no homophobe” but acknowledged that the Bush administration used antigay initiatives for political gain. In private conversations with senior Republicans, he said, he fought back against attempts to demonize same-sex marriage.

Well, we all know how much good that did. What I’d like to see is more of the ‘family values’ crowd coming out as political players who will slander innocent people whose only crime is being in the minority–and do it for political gain.

Whatever good is left in the Republican party, conscienceless opportunists like Ken Mehlman helped diminish it. His ‘homosexual agenda’ was to stay undercover when being himself would have hurt his career. His ‘family values’ led him to hang out with the valuable families while others advocated for rights like marriage and adoption as outsiders holding signs at protests.

In related news, the current chairman of the Republican National Committee has come out with an admission that his party uses race to energize the base. Follow this link to Bob Cesca’s shocking revelations.

My first president was Kennedy, and I’ve heard a lot of things said. But I’ve never before heard claims that a president was not an American, not a Christian. The message is not ‘one of us’, and people believe it first and look for proof second.

It’ used to be said that ‘gay is the new black’. Now it seems that brown is, and ‘illegals’ and Muslims are playing the role of national scapegoat. Playing the divisive card may be a winner in the short term, but it hurts our country to divide our people.

Some of my best friends are Republicans, they are decent people. A two-party system where both parties offer a real choice is good for our country. Republicans who know better should speak up, and not wait until they are safely away from the consequences. It won’t put them on the right side of history to say that they knew all along they were using bigotry for political gain.