Pimp Suit Alert: James O’Keefe Will Be Crashing Netroots Nation Conference
A federal judge yesterday essentially gave conservative provocateur/probationer James O’Keefe permission to crash this weekend’s Netroots Nation convention, a gathering of the kind of political progressives that O’Keefe delights in skewering.
Since O’Keefe needs judicial approval to travel outside New Jersey (due to his federal conviction for last year’s harebrained scheme targeting Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu), yesterday he filed a U.S. District Court motion seeking permission to spend this weekend in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
O’Keefe’s motion, an excerpt of which can be seen here, reported that he planned to attend the June 17-19 RightOnline Conference, which he described as a conservative gathering featuring Republican presidential hopefuls like Tim Pawlenty, Michelle Bachmann, and Herman Cain, and commentators like Andrew Breitbart, Michelle Malkin, and Erick Erickson.
“While in Minneapolis,” O’Keefe’s motion noted, he “plans to attend the Netroots Nation Annual Convention.” The gathering, he reported, “amplifies progressive voices by providing an online and in-person campus for exchanging ideas and learning how to be more effective in using technology to influence the public debate.” Speakers, O’Keefe added, included a Media Matters executive, a global warming scientist, and a pair of liberal congressmen.
O’Keefe did not bother to mention that he has not been invited--nor is he welcome--at the Netroots Nation convention. His travel motion was approved by Magistrate Judge Daniel E. Knowles, who has handled O'Keefe's case in New Orleans federal court.
Breitbart, O’Keefe’s patron, today crashed the Netroots conference and caused a commotion as he was surrounded by angry progressive activists. “Bedlam ensued,” reported The Wall Street Journal. O’Keefe apparently plans a similar stunt--unless, of course, he rummages through his costume trunk for an outfit that would help shroud his identity.