Today the Senate voted 83 to 7 to deny federal funds for housing and community grants to ACORN. Apparently the undercover videotaping operation carried out by two amateur sleuths, James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles, was enough to embarass the Senate into action. Three times the pair portrayed themselves as a young pimp and his prostitute and got ACORN employees to coach them in ways to fraudulently obtain mortgage loans and falsify their tax records.
In Baltimore, Washington, DC, and again in New York City, ACORN employees were more than happy to advise O'Keefe and Giles on how to break the law. And Glenn Beck hints that there may be more videos forthcoming. What more could ACORN do on hidden video to piss people off? Sacrificing baby seals while serving snail darter hors d'oeuvres? Replacing 16w CFL's with 150w incandescants? Partial birth abortions of pregnant unicorns?
I believe that this change of senatorial discretion/direction may not have happened if not for the 2 million + people who decided to pay a visit to Washington DC last week. Kinda like Mom and Dad walking into your bedroom unexpectedly and catching you jacking off in your sister's training bra.
They did not expect those kinds of numbers.
They did not expect the passion, the commitment.
They did not expect the screaming matches at their usually boring August town hall meetings.
They did not expect the angry emails and phone calls.
They did not expect that Glen Beck would discover their secret handshake.
They did not expect the shitstorm that has erupted amidst their comfortable, pampered existence.
The pols are running scared.