The Best Way to Remember Andrew Breitbart

is to prosecute his associate James O’Keefe for the voter fraud conspiracy he ran in New Hampshire in January.

The Attorney General’s office has still not acted. State law clearly makes it a misdemeanor, punishable by a $5000 fine, to apply “for a ballot in a name other than [your] own.”

Unfortunately state law appears to rely on the Attorney General’s office to prosecute – local officials cannot act without the AG.

Breitbart and O’Keefe claimed to be working on behalf of election purity. Give them the respect of using New Hampshire’s existing election laws to prosecute them and thereby deter fraud.

  • calvin

    Great column!

  • JimC

    The absence of the news was becoming conspicuous. Blue Mass Group still has nothing.

    • JimC

      n/t

  • susaninrindge

    So Andrew Breitbart is dead. Here’s what I have to say to that, and I’m sure Breitbart himself would have respected this reaction: Good! Fuck him. I couldn’t be happier that he’s dead.

    I say this in the nicest possible way. I actually kind of liked Andrew Breitbart. Not in the sense that I would ever have wanted to hang out with him, or even be caught within a hundred yards of him without a Haz-Mat suit on, but I respected the shamelessness. Breitbart didn’t do anything by halves, and even his most ardent detractors had to admit that he had a highly developed, if not always funny, sense of humor.

    Read more: Rolling Stone

    • Timmy J

      and I couldn’t agree more.  Sad excuse for a life – we should all rejoice that he’s dead!

  • hannah

    usually proved by demonstrating some measurable benefit. Acting for ideological reasons or even personal ambition is hard to prove as a crime.
    “Terrorism”–i.e.the intent to frighten someone–is a new category to get around the limitations of the garden variety crime, but doesn’t seem applicable for the social nuisance O’Keefe makes of himself.

    “there oughta be a law” is a favorite conservative chant, largely because the laws they champion are ineffective, except against poor schmucks.

    • elwood

      It really doesn’t require much proof of intent. And the PR campaign the well-funded conspirators launched afterward establishes intent anyhow.

      • hannah

        Mandating the punishment in the designation of the crime is intended to act as a deterrent and keep people from lawbreaking in the first place.  But, what I’d argue is that lawbreakers are people who either don’t consider consequences when they act or, if they do, like O’Keefe, consider themselves smart enough not to get caught.
        One person’s bad experience rarely serves as a deterrent to other people. But, making threats makes some people feel like they’re in charge.  And being in charge is what some people go into public “service” for. Badges and uniforms and honorific appellations are something to live for.

  • Chaz Proulx

    At least Lee Atwater had time to contemplate his life and had an epiphany of sorts.

    Of well–Breitbart probably wouldn’t have had one anyone.

  • cyndychase

    There has to be a cost for breaking the laws of the state.  During the civil rights era protesters knew that they would be jailed.  If we do not go after O’Keefe and Co. the message that actions have consequences will not be delivered.  Break the law if you choose but if you do the crime then pay the price.  If we do not take these clowns to court we embolden them to more and more outrageous actions. ’nuff said.

    • xteeth

      There doesn’t “have” to be a cost, there ought to be a cost in your (and my) ethical view. Conservatives don’t believe this for a minute. They believe that they are right and will lie, cheat and steel to prove that they are right. They are so far down this road now that they can’t even see their own behavior for what it is. Look back for a minute. With very few exceptions, the rich are never punished for anything. (Nixon, Abramoff, Ryan are some exceptions which pale in comparison to those not even touched – Cheney for instance). That is why Republicans concentrate so much on the supposed evil of others. They believe that since everyone does it, it is just a tool that they are forced to use to combat the evil liberals. Since Johnson did the Tonkin bay thing, it was okay for Reagan to make a deal with the Iatollah to hold off releasing the hostages. That is treason by any measure of which I have heard. I hate to see anyone disappointed that comeuppance is only applied to Democrats and the poor.  

  • susanthe

    Why do you grant a BULLY special status upon his death?” Andrew Brietbart asked after Ted Kennedy died.

    Andrew Brietbart deserves no one’s respect. He was a lousy excuse for a human being.

    O’Keefe should be vigorously prosecuted – dead jerk or no dead jerk.  

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