ACORN Nut Busted
The rightwing nut who did all those undercover videos of ACORN got busted trying to tap Mary Landrieu's phones.
Heh. I can only hope the judge does a John Sirica, ie throws the book at him, and finds out exactly who's been putting him up to this shit.
Update: By digby. I want to also point out that aside from the obvious comparisons to Watergate, there is another more recent comparison that is particularly relevant today.
First, it should be noted again that the ACORN tapes were doctored. Why I'm seeing Tweety play them on a loop anyway, as he's reporting this story, I'll leave up to your imagination.
But what I find most intriguing is that a week after conservative hit man David Bossie is reanimated as a conservative hero, that the newest conservative hit man hero is caught wiretapping. Bossie, after all, came to prominence over this:
"Bossie was fired from his job as an investigator working for Representative Dan Burton (R-IN) on the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee in 1998" while "investigating Clinton-Gore campaign finances." According to a May 7, 1998, front-page article published by the Washington Post, Bossie was fired "after overseeing the release of recordings of Hillary Rodham Clinton's phone conversations with [imprisoned] Whitewater figure Webster L. Hubbell. The tapes were edited to create the impression that Clinton was involved in billing irregularities at the Arkansas law firm where she and Hubbell worked."
And then there's this irony:
Rep. John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, was talking to House Republican leaders when a Florida couple picked up the call on their scanner, taped it and gave it to Democratic House Ethics Committee member Jim McDermott of Seattle, who publicized the tape. The conversation involved the ethics panel's finding against then House Speaker Newt Gingrich. The Florida couple pleaded guilty to wiretapping and paid fines.
Boehner sued McDermott claiming his Fourth Amendment privacy rights were violated. McDermott said he had a First Amendment right to use the information any way he saw fit. Boehner lost in the trial court, but the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeal overruled the lower court, ruling that McDermott's First Amendment rights were not violated. That case did not reach the U.S. Supreme Court.
Not that any of this matters. In our accountability free political culture hypocrisy has been retired.
Still, it's interesting that the ratfuckers are still out there doing their thing and that the media still falls for it every time. Why, you'd almost think they want to.