Hat Tip To Paulette for this heads up.
The more we learn of James O’Keefe the more disturbing the portrait of him becomes. Up until the story below I thought James O’Keefe was just a young guy who was experimenting with youthful energy and got caught up in things over his head. It can happen. The wire-tapping attempt of a U.S. Senator’s office was truly ridiculous, but I suspect there was some leeway granted to him by the public for clearly having more testosterone than brains. I think that was well established. But now it is discovered that James O’Keefe’ hangs out with anti-Semites, professional racists and proponents of Aryanism. The latest news about this conservative ‘big-wig’ wanna-be moves him from the ‘irksome’ column to the ‘repugnat’ one. If James O’Keefe wanted to be known, well, he is about to get his wish. The next move will be up to the Republican Party to either throw him overboard based on the creep he is now understood to be, or hold onto him and reap the political consequences. Notice to both James O’Keefe and the GOP: There is no room in America for racists and anti-Semites.
His right-wing admirers don’t seem to mind that O’Keefe’s short but storied career has been defined by a series of political stunts shot through with racial resentment. Now an activist organization that monitors hate groups has produced a photo of O’Keefe at a 2006 conference on “Race and Conservatism” that featured leading white nationalists. The photo, first published Jan. 30 on the Web site of the anti-racism group One People’s Project, shows O’Keefe at the gathering, which was so controversial even the ultra-right Leadership Institute, which employed O’Keefe at the time, withdrew its backing. But O’Keefe and fellow young conservative provocateur Marcus Epstein soldiered on to give anti-Semites, professional racists and proponents of Aryanism an opportunity to share their grievances and plans to make inroads in the GOP.