Civitas holds astroturf convention

With a smattering of creepy nut-jobs to round out the mix:

James O’Keefe, the president of Project Veritas, a non-profit organization dedicated to training video muckrakers nationwide. From student newspaper editors to bloggers to video producers to journalists, enterprising muckrakers across the country look to James for inspiration, advice, and encouragement.

Jeez, I hope not. We already have more than enough sexual harassers exposing women to inappropriate and compromising situations in this country as it is:

O’Keefe, who has seen his media buzz steadily decline, was, perhaps, most damaged by reports of a failed plot to sexually humiliate then-CNN correspondent Abbie Boudreau (now with ABC News). She reported, in September 2010, that, based on documents and eyewitness accounts, James O’Keefe had planned to lure her onto a boat filled with sex toys and hidden cameras. The plan called for the boat to set sail with O’Keefe and Boudreau aboard, so that the reporter would be unable to escape, at which point O’Keefe would try to “seduce” her. The plan called for the “prank” to end with Boudreau in tears, begging to be let off of the boat.

The plot was foiled when conscience-stricken O’Keefe associate Izzy Santa warned Boudreau, minutes before the “caper” was to take place. Even conservatives were quick to denounce O’Keefe, whose antics were already wearing thin with them.

O’Keefe later said that he had rejected some elements of the plan, but Boudreau stood by her reporting, and O’Keefe offered no evidence to support his claim. In an October interview, I asked O’Keefe why he hadn’t released emails or other evidence that would show he rejected the plan. O’Keefe told me that such emails do exist, but that he doesn’t plan on releasing them. Despite having agreed to discuss it, O’Keefe then refused to comment when pressed on the issue.

Yeah, he was just going to put on an "act". While I understand that most Republicans aren't on the same "sheet of music" as Democrats when it comes to women's rights, I still find it hard to believe those idiots at Civitas would parade him on the same stage as this lady:

Connie Mackey is President of the FRCAction PAC. Previously Connie served as the Senior Vice President of FRCAction and Vice President for Government Affairs for the Family Research Council for a period of four years.

As VP for Government Affairs, Connie directed the daily affairs of an active government relations department in the leading pro-family public policy organization in Washington, D.C.

Then again, if it ain't gay sex under scrutiny, she probably doesn't give a shit.

As for the astroturf, Heritage unlocked the gate of their stable for this thing:

Hans von Spakovsky is a senior legal fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Legal and Judicial Studies.

Mike Gonzalez, vice president of communications for The Heritage Foundation.

Israel Ortega serves as The Heritage Foundation’s chief spokesman to Spanish-language news media.

Since his first campaign for Congress in 1998, Jim DeMint has proven to be a principled leader that has fought to secure South Carolina’s and America’s future. In 2012, he announced his retirement from the Senate in order to replace Ed Feulner as the president of the Heritage Foundation.

Edwin J. Feulner’s leadership as President of The Heritage Foundation has transformed the think tank from a small policy shop into America’s powerhouse of conservative ideas. He is a longtime officer and director of three grant-making foundations: the Sarah Scaife Foundation, the Aequus Institute, and the Thomas A. Roe Foundation.

There are a few others from various "Institutes", which I'm sure if I had the time or energy I could connect via "Seven Degrees of Sarah Scaife", but I've already spent too much time thinking about this circle-jerk.

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PleaseHerman Cain is good

Please

Herman Cain is good but nowhere near the statue of Bill Clinton. Please do not insult former Pres Clinton. His body of work in this field is not easily equaled. Sure Herman Cain deserves some note but I just do not see how you can put him in the category of Bill. Bill is a Hall of Famer and Herman a mere poser. Let us try to be honest in assessing the sexual predators. And to be perfectly honest it does not seem to hurt too many political careers on either side of the aisle. Bill is in a category of his own. Even after all he has done he is loved by large numbers of Americans. He is what you would call bulletproof. Even the women who would throw their husbands out after the first instance, many of these women love Bill and forgive him.

Herman is probably proud to be mentioned in the same sentence with Bill but Herman is no Bill Clinton.