Just a little political identity quiz here, okay?
Say you saw someone walk up to a member of a campaign staff and start pitching an idea to use the names of 100 people who are registered to vote but seldom do vote to cast fraudulent votes. The campaign staffer listens to the pitch, expresses doubts that it would work, but finally says, “Well, why don’t you look into it.”
Would you assume that the staffer had just given permission for voter fraud? Would you assume the staffer had just politely gotten rid of a jerk?
If you said yes to the first question, you’re a Republican. If you said yes to the second one, you’re a Democrat.
This is exactly what happened to Patrick Moran, the son of Virginia Democratic Congressman Jim Moran. The exchange was secretly videotaped by the infamous James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas – you know, the guys who actually committed voter fraud in New Hampshire by using the names of people who had died within days of the primary. Patrick Moran has resigned from his father’s campaign over the video.
Republicans are screaming that Patrick authorized voter fraud on his father’s behalf. The people with five brain cells to rub together are wondering who’s funding O’Keefe now that Andrew Breitbart is dead. The Moran campaign is saying that maybe Patrick is guilty of an error in judgement and should have walked away.
Absolutely not. Patrick should not resign and he did not commit an error in judgement. He did what any polite person would do in a similar situation. He listened to some crazy person, tried to disagree with him and then got rid of him. Hell, I’ve been known to accept pamphlets from door-to-door missionaries just to get rid of them. It’s easier than fighting with them.
O’Keefe’s heavily edited ACORN video caused that organization to lose funding and eventually close. The right wing has used that video to attack community assistance organizations. Other of O’Keefe’s projects have not gone so well. He was arrested for trying to bug the phones in Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu’s district office. He was not only outed when visiting Occupy Wall Street, but posters were put up telling OWSers that if they saw him again, call a cop because he was violating his parole from the Landrieu arrest. And then there was that little attempt at proving how easy it was to commit voter fraud in New Hampshire. Those failed because the jerks he sent in were too nervous or used the wrong middle initials and called attention to themselves. His flunkies got cold feet. Election officials in New Hampshire wanted O’Keefe and company prosecuted.
This man is slime. He edits his videos to prove his thesis, and the right wing thinks he’s a great journalist. Journalists record stories. They don’t create them.
Patrick Moran did nothing wrong. He did not solicit voter fraud. He did not agree to voter fraud. He did not posit this idea on his own. He was the victim of a man who delights in destroying good people for his own ego trip. This incident was not proof of any wrongdoing from the Democratic Party, but proof of the slimeball tactics the Republicans will pursue to try to discredit an opponent.