Thanks to O’Keefe’s work and Breitbart’s strategy, ACORN went from being one of the most untouchable leftist front groups in the country to a defunded pariah in Washington forced to suspend its operations in less than ten days. A few months later, it was out of business as a national organization. At the same time, Breitbart and O’Keefe completely exposed the knee-jerk leftist instincts of the establishment press. I’m not naive enough to believe that ACORN’s demise meant the end of the left’s efforts to rig voting, but it slowed them down considerably. A full-blown entrenched ACORN juggernaut in 2012 would have made it difficult for even the second coming of Ronald Reagan to compete.
The movie also shows that without Breitbart, the obviously orchestrated “N-word” and spitting lies surrounding events on the day ObamaCare passed in March 2010 might have stood. Democrats had hoped to bait Tea Party-sympathetic demonstrators at the Capitol into saying or doing something racist or offensive by marching several African-American congressmen right through the crowd. When nothing other than shouts of “Kill the Bill” happened, Andre Carson, John Lewis, and the others just made stuff up. Breitbart demanded recorded proof that anyone ever said the N-word (let alone 15 times, as Carson claimed), and offered a princely sum to anyone among the thousands who were there with cellphones and cameras recording what was going on who could provide it. Nobody did, because it didn’t happen.
What Breitbart understood, and what all too many establishment Republicans and even conservatives don’t, is that there is no accommodating the left, and there is no hope of receiving fair treatment from the left-dominated establishment press. The left is hellbent on fundamentally transforming the country into a socialist utopia which has never succeeded anywhere it has been tried, and the press is determined to help them do that. Folks, no matter what you do, they’re going to hate you (and hate is the right word). So you might as well do the right thing and follow your beliefs and principles (John “Plan B” Boehner, please note).
This country now has a government headed by the most radical president in U.S. history, one with the worst economic record since Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal extended the Great Depression by eight years. He nevertheless won reelection largely because his opponent conceded too much ground and wouldn’t fight hard enough for what remained.
Barack Obama and the left believe they have only just begun. Sensible, Constitution-anchored conservatives need to start acting as an army of Breitbarts.