They now have the doofus triplets committing the sin of felony all over Mary Landrieu's phone.
Thanks for giving comfort to the enemies of my enemies who therefore are my friends, just when they had nothing to look forward to except the faint glow of reconciliation flickering on the horizon like a candle in the wind, or something.
Thanks for nothing, geniuses.
You deserve what you get.
(Screen shot via Memeorandum)
Update 1-28-2010: Various accounts are suggesting that the motive was to document that Landrieu's office had disabled or otherwise was not answering its phones so as not to receive hostile calls regarding health care legislation. The intial report by The Washington Post that this was an attempt to 'bug" the offices has been withdrawn.
It remains to be seen what exactly was the crime involved, but it does not change the stupidity of the alleged "sting" operation, which at best was seeking to prove something (that Landrieu was ignoring phone calls) which could have been shown through other means, and at worst was a criminal act. The political damage has been done.
Update 1-29-2010: James O'Keefe now has issued an explanation, which does not change my view of the incident (emphasis mine):
--------------------------------------------I learned from a number of sources that many of Senator Landrieu’s constituents were having trouble getting through to her office to tell her that they didn’t want her taking millions of federal dollars in exchange for her vote on the healthcare bill. When asked about this, Senator Landrieu’s explanation was that, “Our lines have been jammed for weeks.” I decided to investigate why a representative of the people would be out of touch with her constituents for “weeks” because her phones were broken. In investigating this matter, we decided to visit Senator Landrieu’s district office – the people’s office – to ask the staff if their phones were working.
On reflection, I could have used a different approach to this investigation, particularly given the sensitivities that people understandably have about security in a federal building. The sole intent of our investigation was to determine whether or not Senator Landrieu was purposely trying to avoid constituents who were calling to register their views to her as their Senator. We video taped the entire visit, the government has those tapes, and I’m eager for them to be released because they refute the false claims being repeated by much of the mainstream media.
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