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O’Keefe Hits McCaskill Hard in New Undercover Video

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:17 pm

The video appears to show deception on the part of the McCaskill campaign. Staffers are quoted saying things like they have to lie to voters to get elected, and that Planned Parenthood is funneling money to her through other organizations while maintaining deniability.

The news has hit the local news in Missouri. In this segment, the claim is made that Planned Parenthood gave a reported donation (of a whopping $5000) to the McCaskill campaign.

Not good for old McCaskill. She’s edging out Josh Hawley in current polling, but only barely. O’Keefe’s video could move the needle.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

39 Responses to “O’Keefe Hits McCaskill Hard in New Undercover Video”

  1. O’Keefe is growing up. I approve of this video. Good for him. Svetlana (that’s Claire in Russian) is a big fat fraud and needs to be taken down.

    nk (dbc370)

  2. She’s calling for an investigation of O’Keefe, lol.

    Colonel Haiku (43fb26)

  3. McAsskill has an aide whose job responsibilities include following behind her and wiping up the greasy spot left when she rises up from a seated position.

    Colonel Haiku (43fb26)

  4. If you average out the good polls with the lousy ones.

    Narciso (d1f714)

  5. Cue CNN and MSNBC doing O’Keefe retrospectives slanted to make Leni Riefenstahl look like a Sesame Street director in terms of alleged propaganda content.

    M Scott Eiland (b16b32)

  6. I’ve seen polling that gave Hawley an 8-10 pt. Kavanaugh boost. This will only add to it.

    He was on Hannity tonight, along with McSally of Arizona. That idiot Hannity did not give either of them a chance to shape their messages as they wanted. Hawley tried to hammer home the 2nd Amendment issue.

    The Fox generic nationwide ballot poll is concerning. +7 Dem. Then again, their polling in 2016 had HRC winning by 3-5 million votes. She did. But, the distribution of the votes was significantly skewed to a few Big Blue states, eg California and NY.

    Where are the educated suburban women breaking??????? What is their level of enthusiasm? Nobody is saying. The GOP is going to need to hit many inside straights to retain the House.

    Whither Mueller? What is to be the October Surprise?

    Ed from SFV (6d42fa)

  7. The early vote is gop by a small margin, who gives a,farthing about Mueller if he didn’t have the likes of Wolfe and now Edwards doing his prep work.

    Narciso (d1f714)

  8. The Fox generic nationwide ballot poll is concerning. +7 Dem.

    Considering that virtually 100% of the CA Senate vote is going to go to Democrats (Feinstein or de Leon), I wouldn’t worry a whole lot about the generic Democrat advantage. Even in the best of possible outcomes for the GOP, the Dems are going to win 17 of the 33 seats up for consideration this year, but the GOP goes into the night holding only 9 of the 33, so winning 13 or 14 is going to be huge for them, even though the Dems would still receive probably three to five million more votes that evening than Republicans do under that scenario.

    JVW (42615e)

  9. My Heavens, how the Dems will caterwaul and gripe when they win 5,000,000 more votes than Republicans yet end up losing five seats. It’s going to be spectacular, and they’ll march in the streets to abolish the Senate.

    JVW (42615e)

  10. Let’s be blunt, of it wasn’t largely for American bridge targeting akin, and roves virtue signaling maybe we might have kept that seat.

    Narciso (d1f714)

  11. JVW – I am not at all concerned about control of the Senate. I see the GOP with a net plus of at least 2.

    It’s the collar CDs that will decide the House. White and educated women are the swing/deciders there. It will take some indifference from them and a very motivated male vote to save the GOP House, imo.

    The biggest problem for me with the Fox poll, and I apologize for not stating it in the first post, is that it is identical to the one taken before the Kavanaugh travesty. This poll is admittedly an outlier. But, the others are not showing additional movement since Justice Kavanaugh was sworn in. The momentum is stalled.

    Ed from SFV (6d42fa)

  12. Well look at the raw totals in that admittedly narrow survey.

    Narciso (d1f714)

  13. It’s the collar CDs that will decide the House. White and educated women are the swing/deciders there. It will take some indifference from them and a very motivated male vote to save the GOP House, imo.

    Oh yeah, the GOP may be screwed in the House. No doubt about that.

    But at least in keeping the Senate, Trump won’t have as much trouble getting his nominees confirmed. We’ll have nothing by gridlock for the next two years, but I don’t think that’s all bad if it means that stupid spending proposals die in conference.

    JVW (42615e)

  14. Got bored. Skipped five minutes. Got more bored. There seems to be about 90 seconds of interesting “gotcha” footage that’s recycled about 40 times. What am I missing?

    The gotcha footage should be put into its own video, without commentary. Packaged this way — with all the commentary and the schmaltz and even Sean “Client #3″ Hannity, for pete’s sake — it comes off as just another partisan opinion video, rather than a real exposé. If the target is Sean Hannity viewers, then yeah, this is probably okay. If the target is persuadable McCaskill voters who might be flipped, they’ll tune this out because of its source and its packaging. But I’m not really convinced there are any pro-life Democrats left, or really, any Democrats who would be satisfied with anything less than full-term on-demand government-funded abortions with paid [non-]family leave. If there are, they’re darned quiet.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  15. I’m very bullish about the Senate, and moderately bearish about the House. I think most places, the pie is pretty well baked by now. But there are enough slow-cooking pies that we won’t know until fairly late on election night what happens in the House.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  16. We’ll have nothing by gridlock for the next two years

    Which will be all the GOP’s fault, of course. Homeless people dying in droves because the Senate and the President won’t pass “common-sense” housing and jobs bills. Etc.

    Kevin M (d6cbf1)

  17. Redistricking the districks might help in the future.

    mg (9e54f8)

  18. Ed from SFV (#6) invited us all to speculate on a very opaque but important topic:

    Whither Mueller? What is to be the October Surprise?

    I’ll play!

    In scrupulous compliance with 28 C.F.R. § 600.8(b), Mueller is going to write a confidential interim report to Rosenstein. Rosenstein will already know, from ongoing discussions with Mueller going back months, the precise contents of this report, and the two of them will likewise will have discussed, and adjusted appropriately, the timetable for the delivery of this confidential interim report. Indeed, I suspect that Mueller will place this interim report on Rosenstein’s desk during the week following the election, but not before the election.

    The interim report will contain what Mueller expects to be his final-form conclusions and observations on all of the foreign intelligence aspects of this investigation, reporting in vast and exhaustive detail (probably in an appendix, or several) on the subject of Russian interference in the 2016 elections. The report will include the latest information on subsequent interference, including in the current election cycle. And it will include Mueller’s recommendations for possible responses, perhaps including legislative and political approaches in combination with law enforcement approaches.

    The interim report will also summarize the various criminal investigations and prosecutions that arose during the course of the foreign intelligence investigation. As part of that, the interim report will explain that Mueller prosecuted everyone he thought should be prosecuted, squeezed every possible source or little fish for bigger fish, through and including Manafort’s conviction and subsequent plea — and is now content to fold up all those tents. And indeed, he’d be ready to submit his final report, pursuant to 28 C.F.R. § 600.8(c), instead of this interim report, except for one thing:

    The interim report will advise that to date, Mueller has found no basis for prosecution, or even further investigation, of any potential criminal charges against Trump except for potential obstruction of justice charges — first, in connection with his conversation with then FBI Director James Comey about the Flynn investigation and prosecution; and second, in connection with Comey’s subsequent termination. As to both of those potential criminal charges, Mueller will demonstrate that he has exhausted all reasonably feasible and prudent lines of investigation except for a face-to-face interview or under-oath examination of the POTUS. Mueller will (pretend to) remind Rosenstein that evidence — of necessity, mostly circumstantial — regarding the defendant’s “corrupt heart” is key to proving obstruction of justice. The same conduct could be either entirely legal or criminally obstructive depending upon the defendant’s subjective intentions, and whether they were in service of this corrupt heart. The POTUS’ own explanations and rationalizations for his speech and conduct are internally inconsistent, and he’s acted like a man who is either in poor control of himself or else desperately trying to hide something awful. All of this cuts in favor, Mueller will report, of trying to force the issue of an interview of — or, failing agreement for that, a grand jury subpoena served upon — the POTUS.

    But on the other hand (Mueller will continue, surprising Rosenstein not at all), in all the digging Mueller has done, including his extensive document review and interviewing of WH personnel, and prosecuting and squeezing of other fish up through and including Flynn and Manafort, Mueller hasn’t found that “something awful” which could rationally have motivated Trump to try to obstruct justice to keep hidden.

    If there was nothing awful to hide — that going a little easy on Flynn might have somehow protected, or that firing Comey when and how he did might have somehow protected, from discovery — then there’s no “corrupt heart” for purposes of the obstruction of justice laws. “A reasonable prosecutor would likely conclude,” Mueller will write, “that President Trump was just being an idiot and his own worst enemy, not obstructing justice.”

    Therefore, Mueller will recommend not insisting upon an interview or grand jury subpoena. If it can’t be independently established that he had something to hide, Mueller will write, then there’s no real likelihood that Trump will reveal that during an interview or grand jury session.

    Finally, Mueller will state that if Rosenstein concurs (and he knows full well that Rosenstein will), then Mueller’s interim report should then instead be deemed his (Mueller’s) final report under section 600.8(c). He’ll have graciously prepared, and attacked, a redacted version suitable for public distribution by Rosenstein without revealing sources & methods or classified info.

    And Rosenstein will indeed concur with Mueller’s recommendation. He’ll stick a cover memo on the redacted version so stating, and ship it off to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees in fulfillment of his obligations under 28 C.F.R. § 600.9(a)(3), in the full expectation (and probably with the recommendation) that they publish it to the general public.


    This is the “Merry Christmas, Mr. President” version of the fantasy. Since absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, though, I really don’t know whether Mueller has already found — but kept completely close to his vest — something sufficiently hinky that it might be deemed a sufficient motivation for Trump to have obstructed justice. In which case, the recommendation will be: Let’s serve the grand jury subpoena. That would be a very different Christmas for the POTUS.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  19. (Postscript to the fantasy in #19): If Mueller does indeed effectively exonerate Trump, then it will immediately become known — via a Facebook post by Mueller’s former lacrosse teammate John F. Kerry and re-shared by 135,128,192 people (including Princeton graduates, law professors, and Netflix subscribers responding to a one-month free service coupon), that at Princeton as an undergraduate before going off to fight in Vietnam, Mueller sexually assaulted eight cheerleaders, two nuns, and a bronze statue depicting the school mascot, a tiger.

    Beldar (fa637a)

  20. because are system does not accurately reflect the will of the people 18% of voters control 52 senate seats. clinton got 3 million more votes then trump but carried only 20 states most democrats have to run in red states that have much smaller populations 10 million more democrats voted for clinton in red states then voted for trump in blue states so democrats have to pretend to be republican light. infuriating democrats with republicans finding them phonies. the majority may not put up with this minority rule in the near future.

    lany (56ad38)

  21. After reading this headline, I was mildly surprised that this CNN report is actually entirely consistent with my fantasy in #19 above: Mueller’s quiet period has not been very quiet. (With both versions, actually.)

    Beldar (fa637a)

  22. that lady got a big ole missouri butt

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  23. It’s what makes the rockin world go round.

    nk (dbc370)

  24. I don’t trust Mueller, he was the one that provided expost facto the notes of the hospital bed confab, he wasn’t there.

    Narciso (698fbd)

  25. Beldar, that would put Herr Mueller in as good of company as Craig James, if a certain rumor did check out. Too bad you now have a Steve Bartman figure to lament.

    urbanleftbehind (6098cf)

  26. i don’t really engage much on O’keefe videos any more. Too many times what he initially presented was found to be incomplete / inaccurate / overstated. I like what he’s trying to do. But it’s honestly not worth the energy to figure out what he’s really found.

    Time123 (d1bf33)

  27. O’Keefe needs to start farming out assignments to “diverse” moles, lest these Dems start assuming any white boy who volunteers for a campaign, no matter how gamma or pajama, is just a spy.

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  28. lest these Dems start assuming any white boy who volunteers for a campaign, no matter how gamma or pajama, is just a spy.

    You don’t know the motto of the Chicago Democratic Machine? “We don’t want nobody nobody sent.” They’re on the ball in that regard.

    nk (dbc370)

  29. I think the getting money from Planned PArenthoopd is the more important point, because it shows her to be corru pt – or to be insincere about campaign finance, and she can be put o the spot about campaign finance restruictioons being proposed that would affect others.

    I think everybody assumed she is mostly pro-abortion, but maybe this can affect people who might have been misled on that point.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  30. Bob nmenendez in New Jersey might possibly be in trouble – if on;y the ad criticizing him was precise and accurate. he may have been framed about underage girls – whoever did that refuised to followup with the FBI, Meanwhile he protected, or tried toi protect, a dctor t hqat actually harmed patients, not to mention massive fraud (not just a billing dispute) on Medicare. Never mind that there was not an exact quid pro quo demonstrated.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  31. , in connection with his conversation with then FBI Director James Comey about the Flynn investigation

    Anybody notice that, if thsi was a coverup, Comey complied with trump’s request?

    Things turned on a dime:

    At 6:25 am February 15, Zero Hedge has this: (that’s Feb 15 in spite of the URL saying Feb 14)

    But by 10 pm Zero Hedge reports:

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  32. it’s all gonna come down to turnout

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  33. I like how she uses the only possible, entirely predictable response: “how dare you use such means to find out my dark secrets!”

    matt d (d4aa6f)

  34. “The Texas Democratic Party asked non-citizens to register to vote, sending out applications to immigrants with the box citizenship already checked “Yes,” according to new complaints filed Thursday asking prosecutors to see what laws may have been broken.

    The Public Interest Legal Foundation alerted district attorneys and the federal Justice Department to the pre-checked applications, and also included a signed affidavit from a man who said some of his relatives, who aren’t citizens, received the mailing.”

    harkin (adce92)

  35. cubans surround pelosi in florida shouting commie bitch you suck. democrats hope to get lucky and hope they get rid of pelosi for them! and a martyr to boot!

    lany (ea69c2)

  36. Not the first time down there, ask Anton Cermak.

    urbanleftbehind (6098cf)

  37. Wow. In the thumbnail for that second video, McCaskill looks HUGE ( or YUGE!) lady better get some self control

    WompWomp (493b9b)

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