While the left is beginning to make the James O’Keefe/ Senator Landrieu story into a Water-Gate jr., asking questions to trench coated men in DC, and commentator’s wanting to know what ‘they’ knew and when did ‘they’ know it, new information has come to light. Well maybe not new, more like from an alternate frame of reference. Let’s take a look at some facts.
When Majority Leader of the Senate Harry Reid was doing his vote count to invoke cloture on his health care bill, he was lacking a few votes. One of the needed Senator’s was Louisiana Senator Landrieu. Reid offered Landrieu a 365 million dollar Medicaid deal for her vote. The deal was coined ‘the Louisiana Purchase’ and infuriated voters across the country.
Some of these voters wrote letters to the Senator. Others decided to call Landrieu’s office. Those who chose to make the personal phone call, found that they’re calls couldn’t get through. These complaints became published and the problem was blamed on the poor phone system in the offices.
Enter, James O’Keefe: James just coming off a journalistic high from outing ACORN by videotaping employees seemingly being fine with a prostitute running a ring of underage illegal’s from a house they hoped ACORN would help them secure. O’Keefe needed to catch another buzz and the Landrieu phone issue seemed to be just the ticket.
O’Keefe set out to get into Senator Landrieu public office by walking in as a concerned citizen. He was able to gain entry without much difficulty. He used his cell phone to call the senator’s office while in the building. Guess what? No problem getting through. He needed some additional proof.
His so called accomplises were dressed as telephone repairman as a stunt, nothing more. O’Keefe wanted to audio/video tape that the telephone system was working fine and the telephone repairman were just props in a play. One of the prop /actors would answer the Senators telephone while O’Keefe recorded the event to prove that Senator Landrieu’s phones were working properly.
Since there was nothing wrong with that one phone, one of the guys asked to see the phone closet. Not to plant a recording device but to show that all lines were in working order.
It all comes down to this, O’Keefe proved beyond a doubt that the phones where working in good order. If this is true, why is no one answering the phones at the senator’s office? Could it be that the senator is not interested in answering questions about the Louisiana Purchase?
Since the day of the arrest and the affidavits were filed, the FEDS have conceded that no wire-tapping charge is to be filed. I would surmise that other charges will be dropped as nothing more happened then a journalist investigated if a Senator had instructed her staff to leave the phones off the hook so as to not answer questions about her making a deal for health care reform.
UPDATE: Statement from James O’Keefe