O’Keefe’s Latest Bit of Stupid

The ongoing shitshow that is perpetual frat boy James O’Keefe continues to emit staggering amounts of idiocy. His latest undercover video, in which he dresses up as a hunter (I guess the pimp outfit was at the cleaners), has him asking a Republican congressman about an amendment he sponsored to the Voting Rights Act that “excludes white people.”

It all involves the Supreme Court overturning part of the Voting Rights Act that required preclearance from the DOJ for changes to voting rights laws that have a negative effect on minority voters in those states with a long history of racist voter suppression. The latest authorization of that law passed nearly unanimously in both houses of Congress, but in the bizarre world O’Keefe inhabits, protecting minorities automatically means “excluding whites.” Of course, if he could find just a single example of any state that has ever passed a law to make it more difficult for white people to vote, he might have an argument. But he can’t and he doesn’t.

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  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    This:

    2001: Sensenbrenner introduced the USA PATRIOT Act to the House on October 23, 2001.

    2005: In 2005, Sensenbrenner authored the Real ID Act, which requires additional scrutiny of citizenship before issuing drivers’ licenses and set forth certain requirements for state driver’s licenses to make it more difficult for terrorists and criminals to alter their identity by counterfeiting documents.

    2006: In 2006, Sensenbrenner joined with House Speaker Dennis Hastert in expressing outrage concerning the FBI raid of the congressional office of Democratic Representative William J. Jefferson, asserting constitutional concerns over separation of powers.

    2009: In 2009, by a voice vote, the US Federal House approved H.R. 445, the Heavy Duty Hybrid Vehicle Research, Development, and Demonstration Act of 2009, authored by Sensenbrenner.

    2013: In October 2013, he introduced the USA Freedom Act in the House, a bill designed to curtail the powers of the NSA and end the NSA’s dragnet phone data collection program.

    is from a “timeline” on Bing.

    It appears that Sensenbrenner is reliably authoritarian so what’s O’Keefe’s real agenda here? Is he being paid by Sensenbrenner’s next opponent in that legislative district or is Sensenbrenner deemed a “RINO” by somebody at the RNC?

    Somebody should make an ad with footage of O’Keefe and a voice over that says:

    “Without telling anyone we switched an actual reporter with Miles O’keefe to see if anyone could tell the difference between a genuine journalist and a bloviating piece-of-shit like O’keefe. Sadly, they could not.”

  • scienceavenger

    It’s been said that Newt Gingrich is a stupid person’s idea of what a smart person sounds like. In that same vein, James O’Keefe is an unimaginative person’s idea of what an imaginative person is like.

  • otrame

    That isn’t quite true, Ed. I am very white and Texas has made it much more difficult for me to vote. You see in 1969 I got married and took my husband’s name. Many years later, when I moved to Texas and registered to vote, they asked for “previous” names, then printed my voter registration card with my first name, my birth name and my last name. This was not a problem until they passed a law stating that you must produce ID to vote and the names have to be identical. After many women complained that their drivers license did not include their birth names but the voter registration did, we were told that if the names were “substantially” the same there would be no problem. This is decided by the poll worker. Oh, and you have to sign an affidavit stating you are you. Which won’t slow things up at all, of course.

    So, yeah, they made it harder for this white woman to vote.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    They did that to you for being white, otrame? That is outrageous.

  • Alverant

    It’s a 0-sum game to them. If minorities have more rights then it MUST mean whites have less.

  • eric

    Well, using an argument parallel to the one the right used against mixed marriages and still uses against gay marriage…the VRA doesn’t exclude white people. They had just as much opportunity to be covered by section 4(b) of the VRA as blacks. It isn’t minorities’ fault than when the 1965 list was drawn up, no districts were found to historically discriminate against whites.

    As for the “new” VRA (i.e., post SCOTUS’ stripping of the 4(b) secition), Congress can now issue whatever conditions it wants now for which districts require preclearance. So again, whites are not excluded.

  • eric

    @3 – wow, I didn’t realize the GOP was getting a twofer…preventing racial minorities AND married women from voting. I would say that’s even eviler than I thought, except that this is probably one of those policies where there is no need to ascribe to malice what can be explained via incompetence.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    Anyone else think O’Keefe has an endorsement deal with Cabela’s?

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “So, yeah, they made it harder for this white woman to vote.”

    They’re just trying to correct the error made in 1920 by those surrender monkeys in the 66th Congress.

    When they speak of “White” voters people like O’Keefe are only referring to LEGITIMATE White voters, y’know, MEN.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    &8:

    I don’t shop there but, if I did and I found out that they were doing business with that asshole, that would be the end of our relationship,

  • pleasebereasonable1 .

    Why the baggers absolutely L-O-V-E this guy I just can’t figure out……is it that they are just too stupid to realise what a smarmy buffoon he is….(gasp)….or is it because they are smarmy buffoons too…….

  • Jeremy Shaffer

    When they speak of “White” voters people like O’Keefe are only referring to LEGITIMATE White voters, y’know, MEN.

    You forgot heterosexual, conservative* and Christian** in that definition.

    * For a certain value of conservative, naturally.

    ** For a certain value of Christian, naturally.

  • freehand

    Jeremy Shaffer: “When they speak of “White” voters people like O’Keefe are only referring to LEGITIMATE White voters, y’know, MEN.”

    .

    You forgot heterosexual, conservative* and Christian** in that definition.

    .

    * For a certain value of conservative, naturally.

    ** For a certain value of Christian, naturally.

    .

    Also, for certain values of Men®

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    That poor lost boy has to compete with Edward Snowden AND Julian Assange. Not to mention all those freelance punks capturing incidents of police misconduct on their iPhones. It’s not his fault his chosen field suddenly got a lot more competitive since he joined up, bless his little heart. Another victim of globalization and de-industrialization in the Information Age, just like American coal-miners and auto-workers.

  • Ysidro

    @democommie

    That’s James O’Keefe. Miles O’Keefe is an actor. Tarzan, Ator the Fighting Eagle, Sir Gawain, etc.

    “How much O’Keefe is in this movie? Miles O’Keefe!”

  • caseloweraz

    Democommie may have been thinking of Miles O’Brien as a contrast to James O’Keefe.

    Few contrasts are more stark.

  • Pen

    When they speak of “White” voters people like O’Keefe are only referring to LEGITIMATE White voters, y’know, MEN.

    And that would be legitimate RICH white men. Because half the voter suppression bull shit affects black people differentially because it imposes an economic burden on voting. That doesn’t stop it affecting poor white would-be voters for the same reasons.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    @15&16:

    It’s not my fault, it’s a newly discovered form of cognitive impairment*; it’s called “dysmemorreah”. I have torrents of random information coursing through my giant brain and sometimes the streams cross like that scene in “Ghostbusters”.

    Also, too; why is it that some people see me as a visionary and others think that I’m hallucinatory?

    * I JUST discovered it!