Also at CATS 07/19/2013, http://www.deadcatsandclippings.com/?p=2672
O’Keefe, James (2013) Breakthrough: Our Guerilla War to Expose Fraud and Save Democracy. NY: Simon & Schuster. 335 pp. $17.59 at Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Breakthrough-Guerilla-Expose-Fraud-Democracy/dp/1476706174/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374102055&sr=8-1&keywords=James+O%27Keefe).
Bulk sales: 1-866-506-1949. Barnes & Noble does not carry it in their store.
“It’s a lawyer picnic, James, and everyone gets some pie but the client” (86)
Rule #1: “Content is king … no brief can compete with a video.” There is a circular problem – content may be king and will recruit its fans but you still have to collect the content and get a fan’s attention. Also include at least one very pretty girl who is also smart, daring, and ambitious. Life would be very different for all of us without Hannah Giles.
2) You gotta have your allies – smart advisors who have the phone numbers of other smart advisors. Include Andrew Breitbart, Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin, Alex Jones, Laura Ingraham, Curtis Sliwa, Matt Drudge, and Rush Limbaugh (and many other). You will probably need a “D.C. Superlawyer” such as Mike Madigan.
3) O’Keefe sometimes went days without sleep while he watched twenty windows on his monitor (Google Chrome) – news spread like a wildfire across his screen.
4)The Internet provides international freedom even when a court won’t let you leave ‘Jersey for three years.
5) Your own credit card. O’Keefe funded the ACORN project on his.
6) Hunt big fat dinosaurs when you are twenty-five: ACORN had 500,000 members in 1200 neighborhoods and 100 cities; Planned Parenthood; Voter fraud (New Hampshire, Vermont, Virginia, Minnesota, North Carolina, Illinois); NPR, and the NEA – including one teacher salaried at $90,000+ who screamed and followed him at a bumper’s thickness through neighborhoods and down four-lane highways. Another example: ACORN gave detailed advice on leasing a house where Hannah’s squad of twelve hookers – all under age 15 – from El Salvador could do naughty things while being reported to the IRS as a “dependent” and the house as a “school” and a 501(c)3. (ACORN also ran Project Vote in 2008, saw 400,000 of their “voters” excluded, and was convicted in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, and Missouri. A brilliant, classic move: as ACORN claimed each office to be an exception, O’Keefe simply give another tape to Mr. Breitbart.) Another example: Eric Holder swore there was no problem with voter fraud; O’Keefe’s team got access to Holder’s ballot just by asking for it – great juxtaposition on a YouTube tape!
7) Know where the boundaries are. O’Keefe’s squad learned how to ask for a dead man’s ballot but then refuse to accept it and leave on the pretext of getting an ID out of their car (even though the clerk insisted it wasn’t needed). Our guys did have a learning curve: O’Keefe and two buddies in work pants called on Mary Landrieu in New Orleans and said they had been hired to fix her office phones . . .kinda cute but also good for three years’ probation plus community service.
“. . . we plant moral trees in an amoral universe and turn the camera on.”(96)
O’Keefe is near thirty.