O'Keefe, who responded to his arrest by tweeting "I am a journalist. The truth shall set me free," has become a figure of mockery and scorn. On Twitter, users adopted hashtags like "#teabugger" and "#superspy" to identity O'Keefe-related humor. We've whittled it down to the eight funniest--and sharpest--barbs slung against him, plus one serious insight.
- You Know Who Could Help O'Keefe? The Washington Independent's David Weigel quips, "Y'know, a criminal record can make it tough to find a job. Is there some community group that could help O'Keefe out? Oh."
- 'Tea-Bugger Facts' Senior Daily Kos editor David Waldman provides several. Two highlights: "O'Keefe takes his juice boxes shaken, not stirred." And, "SUPERSPY James O'Keefe tried telling FBI agents making the arrest, 'These are not the droids you're looking for.'"
- 'Future O'Keefe Plots' Media Matters's Oliver Willis suggests, "Going undercover as cartoon character to find out who really framed Roger Rabbit."
- 'Hard Out There For a Pimp' So quips Balloon Juice's DougJ, alluding to the Oscar-winning song by Three6 Mafia. He adds, "You know, part of me feels a little bad piling on a 23 year-old white pretend pimp like this, but all that ACORN pimp-and-ho bullshit had real political consequences. So this story needs to be played up."
- Sounds Like a Bad Porno Huffington Post's Jason Linkins muses, "The funniest thing about this O'Keefe arrest is the whole 'I'm here to check the phones' operation sounds like the set-up for a porn movie."
- Breitbart's Next Site Duncan "Atrios" Black scoffs at O'Keefe's long-time backer, conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, who posted Keefe's videos on his sites Big Hollywood and Big Government. Black tweets, "new breitbart site: Big Felon"
- Life Lesson Daily Kos editor HunterDK notes that the reaction could have been a lot harsher. "Little life lessons: if you're going to commit a felony, make it a hilarious one"
- What Conservatives Will Say Wonkette's Jim Newell predicts. "Then again, all we really know now is that the FBI is 100% ACORN-staffed, which we knew already, but still... uh... the poor black people started it!"
- What If He Had Been Arab? Beneath all the jokes are serious points as well. David Waldman raises an important question: What if O'Keefe, rather than a comically inept young conservative, had been a comically inept young Muslim-American? "Imagine the same act as O'Keefe's in tapping a federal building's phone network... perpetrated by an Arab." Would our reaction be the same? Probably not.