Video: ACORN now officially a national punchline

posted at 2:55 pm on September 18, 2009 by Allahpundit

There are few surer signs that a story’s penetrated mainstream America’s consciousness than a reference in a Leno monologue, but lest you doubt how deeply the public revulsion runs, Rasmussen’s here to clue you in:

Fifty-one percent (51%) of U.S. voters now say Congress should end all federal funding of the controversial community organizing group ACORN.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 17% favor continued taxpayer support of the Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now. Thirty-two percent (32%) are not sure…

Only 15% of voters now have even a somewhat favorable opinion of ACORN, while 67% have an unfavorable view of the group. Those figures include only three percent (3%) with a very favorable opinion and 47% with a very unfavorable view.

I’m pretty sure it now qualifies as racist to even watch this clip, but let’s throw caution to the wind. Exit question: How can any government agency continue to do business with them after this? The group’s name has become practically a byword for sleaze.

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I’m pretty sure it now qualifies as racist to even watch this clip

Charles Johnson agrees.

lorien1973 on September 18, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Dead fish in a barrel.

Fletch54 on September 18, 2009 at 2:58 PM

We need a competition to figure out what name they’re evenetually going to regroup under.

BadgerHawk on September 18, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Exit question: How can any government agency continue to do business with them after this? The group’s name has become practically a byword for sleaze.

“Government” has also become a byword for sleaze. So where’s the problem?

Daggett on September 18, 2009 at 2:58 PM

now they are pushing back with the Philadelphia office story

jp on September 18, 2009 at 2:58 PM

To bad these hollywood elites didn’t connect the dots on ACORN BEFORE the election! *sigh*

capejasmine on September 18, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Watching the left eat their own one nibble at a time.

THAT’S entertainment!!

CurtZHP on September 18, 2009 at 2:59 PM

Ok, I’m racist. I watched it.

NoFanofLibs on September 18, 2009 at 2:59 PM

wonder what new entity A-Porn will turn itself into. You know they will.

Ricki on September 18, 2009 at 2:59 PM

With all this exposing being done, what was it that got conservatives so suspicious of them in the first place? Was it the electoral fraud, or was there something before that. I don’t ask because i seek to defend them, but someone asked me earlier what it was that got everyone so suspicious…any guesses?

ernesto on September 18, 2009 at 3:00 PM

Only 15% of voters now have even a somewhat favorable opinion of ACORN,

I’m surprised there are that many….

cmsinaz on September 18, 2009 at 3:00 PM

now they are pushing back with the Philadelphia office story

jp on September 18, 2009 at 2:58 PM

They got one clean office , good fore them..

the_nile on September 18, 2009 at 3:01 PM

That’s all fine & dandy, but the media still ignores the most revolting aspect… smuggling children for purposes of prostitution

Ugly on September 18, 2009 at 3:01 PM

YouTube is blocked at my job. So I guess I’m not a racist until I get home.

Doughboy on September 18, 2009 at 3:01 PM

ernesto on September 18, 2009 at 3:00 PM

I think when various states started to prosecute them for voter registration fraud, it started. Then when people found out they registered Mickey mouse to vote, that’s when it really ginned up.

lorien1973 on September 18, 2009 at 3:01 PM

ACORN is made up of community organizers, and ‘community organizer’ became a punchline during Sarah’s acceptance speech. Leno’s a little late….

joejm65 on September 18, 2009 at 3:01 PM

i’m just a squirrel tryin to get an acorn.

moonbatkiller on September 18, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Only 15% of voters now have even a somewhat favorable opinion of ACORN child sex slave smuggling

Akzed on September 18, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Ron Jeremy busts an acorn in your face.

moonbatkiller on September 18, 2009 at 3:02 PM

“R-a-a-a-a-cist!”

Django on September 18, 2009 at 3:03 PM

YouTube is blocked at my job. So I guess I’m not a racist until I get home.

Doughboy on September 18, 2009 at 3:01 PM

Well worth the wait. They are their way to becoming the national joke they deserve to be. It was delightful!

sherry on September 18, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Let’s see — John Stewart, Jay Leno…..any “news” organizations yet? How’s that “news” thing working out for you, huh? Had any “scoops” lately?

cthulhu on September 18, 2009 at 3:03 PM

I’m pretty sure it now qualifies as racist to even watch this clip

Charles Johnson agrees.

lorien1973 on September 18, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Funny how HOTAIR still links to LGF.

Guardian on September 18, 2009 at 3:03 PM

ernesto on September 18, 2009 at 3:00 PM

It was the voter fraud. The fact that they’re tax payer funded and heavily connected to both the DNC and President Obama helps too.

BadgerHawk on September 18, 2009 at 3:03 PM

I think when various states started to prosecute them for voter registration fraud, it started. Then when people found out they registered Mickey mouse to vote, that’s when it really ginned up.

lorien1973 on September 18, 2009 at 3:01 PM

And when housing went belly up, ACORN’s role in pressuring banks to give out risky loans became a source of controversy for conservatives. Again the media ignored it though.

Doughboy on September 18, 2009 at 3:03 PM

I think that it is awesome that this is starting to get national attention however, I worry that ACORN being the “butt of the joke” takes away from the seriousness of this situation. If people find it “funny” they are IMHO missing the point of the investigation. I doubt that the loyal viewers of Jay Leno and Jon Stewart are aware enough of political indisgressions (of the left) that they will actually research this information and take is seriously.

milwife88 on September 18, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Ron Jeremy busts an acorn in your face.

moonbatkiller on September 18, 2009 at 3:02 PM

Lol. WTF, but lol.

BadgerHawk on September 18, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Thirty-two percent (32%) are not sure…

Huh?

cmsinaz on September 18, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Thirty-two percent (32%) are not sure…

Huh?

cmsinaz on September 18, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Watching Charlie Gibson and Wolf Blitzer.

BadgerHawk on September 18, 2009 at 3:04 PM

I think when various states started to prosecute them for voter registration fraud, it started. Then when people found out they registered Mickey mouse to vote, that’s when it really ginned up.

lorien1973 on September 18, 2009 at 3:01 PM

But before this last election round, they were entirely under the radar? Talk about having a bad year!

ernesto on September 18, 2009 at 3:04 PM

Leno and Moore, two millionaires hating on capitalism.

V15J on September 18, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Watching Charlie Gibson and Wolf Blitzer.

BadgerHawk on September 18, 2009 at 3:04 PM

roger that…

cmsinaz on September 18, 2009 at 3:05 PM

But before this last election round, they were entirely under the radar? Talk about having a bad year!

ernesto on September 18, 2009 at 3:04 PM

I think Michelle Malkin and some others have been following them years, but yeah they were unknown to 99.999% of the population. It’s ironic that electing a community organizer into the White House shined a negative spotlight on community organizing.

Doughboy on September 18, 2009 at 3:06 PM

The One is on Letterman this week. Do you think….no, probably not.

Wethal on September 18, 2009 at 3:06 PM

The schadenfreude keeps on coming!

Hahahahahahaaaaa! Eat crap and die Marxist liberals!

csdeven on September 18, 2009 at 3:07 PM

We need a competition to figure out what name they’re evenetually going to regroup under. BadgerHawk on September 18, 2009 at 2:58 PM

American
Child
Prostitution
Organizers
Rivaling
Nambla

That just might get them under the radar.

Akzed on September 18, 2009 at 3:07 PM

We need a competition to figure out what name they’re evenetually going to regroup under.

BadgerHawk on September 18, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Pistachio.

People In Sleazy Tactics, and Child Ho’ing Invested Opportunities.

Best I could come up with!

capejasmine on September 18, 2009 at 3:07 PM

ACORN will be renamed the Democratic Party

faraway on September 18, 2009 at 3:08 PM

Whilst it is good to see the late night comics ripping on ACORN they are still avoiding making jokes about Obama like the plague. I wonder how long it will be before they man up, grow some balls and start letting fly with some choice Obama zingers.

Hellrider on September 18, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Charlie Gibson doesn’t get it…

and speaking of names that have become punch lines…

mankai on September 18, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Was Charlie Gibson watching?

Knucklehead on September 18, 2009 at 3:09 PM

watched it, and liked it. racist? Oh, I see two of the people in the video are white. Now I get it.

kirkill on September 18, 2009 at 3:10 PM

I’m sure SNL will do an ACORN skit next week, but I’m not holding my breathe that they’ll actually at some point have a skit ridiculing Dear Leader.

rbj on September 18, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Leno and Stewart both may be liberal, but they had to be chomping at the bit to actually find a way to lampoon the current administration without worring about being called a racist by their peer groups (or worse, by the higher-ups at Viacom or NBC/GE who are big Obama fans).

The ACORN scandal allows them to avoid actually making fun of Obama, while being able to finally make fun of a current event scandal that people are talking about, instead of going back to year-old Sarah Palin jokes. It’s baby steps in the right direction, and no doubt way ahead of anything Letterman will do (if he makes any jokes about it, they’ll be on the Hanna Giles is a slut/James O’Keefe is a dweeb level of comedy).

jon1979 on September 18, 2009 at 3:10 PM

ACORN is peanuts. Did y’all see the AGORN bust here on HotAir this morning?

Christien on September 18, 2009 at 3:11 PM

ernesto on September 18, 2009 at 3:00 PM

1. Voter registration fraud (investigations in 14 states and counting)

2. The shakedown of banks (under the CRA aegis) to force them to make subprime loans to low-credit buyers. Also they lobbied against reform of Fannie Mae. This article from last year lays it all out:Stanley Kurtz: O’s Dangerous Pals

3. Lastly, the alleged NYT-spiked story before the election that the Obama campaign had given its list of maxed out donors to ACORN for further, illegal shaking of the tree. NYT supposedly was all set to run it, then the reporter got the word from her higher up that it was no go because it would be “a game changer.”

This has all been known for some time. ACORN and its many spinoffs are corrupt to the core.

Missy on September 18, 2009 at 3:11 PM

Who exactly is being racist in all this? Bertha Lewis, ACORN’s CEO, might want to consider that maybe those willing to cover up the enslavement of South American girls to a white guy might actually be the racist ones.

Blue Collar Todd on September 18, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Funny, yes, but I’m still kinda afraid of that chin.

commenter on September 18, 2009 at 3:13 PM

A still unanswered question. How many ACORN aided home loans went into foreclosure?

rjoco1 on September 18, 2009 at 3:13 PM

We need a competition to figure out what name they’re eventually going to regroup under.

Community
Organizers
Now
Victimizing
Innocent
Citizens
Taxpayers
Salvadorians

meci on September 18, 2009 at 3:13 PM

This is all good stuff, but the dots need to be connected to the Pimp In Chief at the Oval Office.

Hening on September 18, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Whilst it is good to see the late night comics ripping on ACORN they are still avoiding making jokes about Obama like the plague. I wonder how long it will be before they man up, grow some balls and start letting fly with some choice Obama zingers.

Hellrider on September 18, 2009 at 3:09 PM

Never. The narrative will be the same as Van Jones…a sad story about how a brilliant man wasn’t understood or appreciated by a nation of ‘teabaggers’.

Asher on September 18, 2009 at 3:14 PM

Leno’s new show has been pretty funny.

p0s3r on September 18, 2009 at 3:16 PM

rjoco1 on September 18, 2009 at 3:13 PM

For BoA, CRA accounted for 7% of the business but 25% of their losses prior to the bailouts.

lorien1973 on September 18, 2009 at 3:16 PM

Thirty-two percent (32%) are not sure…
Huh?
cmsinaz on September 18, 2009 at 3:04 PM

+1 because the MSM news is not doing its job and that is half the story.

HellCat on September 18, 2009 at 3:17 PM

The group’s name has become practically a byword for sleaze.

Time to link the sleazy community organizer in chief to sleazy ACORN.

farright on September 18, 2009 at 3:19 PM

From what I read awhile back ACORN was looking to change its name to Community Organizers International.

COMOINTERN.

Tradition, you know?

ajacksonian on September 18, 2009 at 3:20 PM

PECAN!

Pedophiles
Extortionists
Conartists
Arsonists
National

Holger on September 18, 2009 at 3:22 PM

Ron Jeremy busts an acorn in your face.

moonbatkiller on September 18, 2009 at 3:02 PM

That was NOT helpful.

J.J. Sefton on September 18, 2009 at 3:23 PM

The first time I heard of ACORN was on Michelle Malkin’s site years ago. She has a knack for predicting the political future.

d1carter on September 18, 2009 at 3:23 PM

It’s nice to see Acorn in the national dialogue, since Steward proves “comedy” is the news now. But like someone said above, have to tie it to the executive to have a lasting impact.

Spirit of 1776 on September 18, 2009 at 3:24 PM

Leno’s new show has been pretty funny.

p0s3r on September 18, 2009 at 3:16 PM

I heard that Obama is scheduled to be on for an hour on Monday or Tuesday. What could go wrong? He couldn’t get through a shorter chat with Leno without dumping on Special Olympics–especially delightful given that it’s a fave charity of the Kennedy and Shriver families. What a moron.

BuckeyeSam on September 18, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Look at the redone left channels on the sidebar. Tee hee hee.

lorien1973 on September 18, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Look at the redone left channels on the sidebar. Tee hee hee.

lorien1973 on September 18, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Nice.

BadgerHawk on September 18, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Look at the redone left channels on the sidebar. Tee hee hee.

What’s the joke?

I kid. That’s the best solution, haha. Everybody wins!

Spirit of 1776 on September 18, 2009 at 3:30 PM

We need a competition to figure out what name they’re evenetually going to regroup under.

BadgerHawk on September 18, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Sex and
Lies
International
Monetary
Exchange

TXUS on September 18, 2009 at 3:33 PM

That’s funny–

Thanks ACORN–call me!

priceless…!

ted c on September 18, 2009 at 3:34 PM

Jay Leno’s genius has always been to take a funny concept and de-humorize it.

YYZ on September 18, 2009 at 3:36 PM

OT: two things.

I’m surprised that we haven’t seen much on the letter to Obama from the CIA directors for the past 35 years urging him to abandon the CIA witchhunt.

Also, that 24-year-old who’s been questioned and searched in connection with an Al-queda threat is now talking to authorities.

I wonder if they waterboarded him.

BuckeyeSam on September 18, 2009 at 3:36 PM

The Jon Stewart one was funnier. :)

You’re right about their name being mud though. And it’s obvious that they’re going to be in deep poop for a while. Who wants to get tarred with guilt by association?

Well, apparently 82 Dems in the Senate and the House are ok with it. But the rest of them, and the rest of people that work with them, are running away like ACORN has H1N1.

Chris of Rights on September 18, 2009 at 3:39 PM

We need a competition to figure out what name they’re evenetually going to regroup under.

SQURL

Sleazy
Questionable
Unethical
Race-card
League

crazy_legs on September 18, 2009 at 3:41 PM

We need a competition to figure out what name they’re evenetually going to regroup under.

BadgerHawk on September 18, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Glad Blackwater could help :)

Squid Shark on September 18, 2009 at 3:45 PM

What a racially charged racist rant.

MJZZZ on September 18, 2009 at 3:46 PM

Look at the redone left channels on the sidebar. Tee hee hee.

lorien1973 on September 18, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Nicely played. Do we thank Ed or AP?

TexasDan on September 18, 2009 at 3:49 PM

“How can any government agency continue to do business with them after this? The group’s name has become practically a byword for sleaze.”

I think you forget who’s the head of this government: Barack Obama

Rev Wright-SEIU-Bill Ayers…ring a bell?

PrototypeOne on September 18, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Kanye West: Jay Leno hates black people

PrototypeOne on September 18, 2009 at 3:49 PM

That was awesome!

darwin on September 18, 2009 at 3:51 PM

There is an ACORN in my home town, I was thinking it would be fun to go to them and screw around with them.

lavell12 on September 18, 2009 at 3:51 PM

Yea, I just wonder how many billions of our dollars would have been wasted if these videos hadn’t come to light and someone decided gee, we better pull the plug on this grouop. They’re TOXIC. Congress is the real joke here, just like Leno said. There’s no accountability for our tax dollars anymore. Why, I’ll bet there’s not a single congressperson who can tell us where all the ACORN funding we’ve given them up until now has gone. I’d bet my job on that.

scalleywag on September 18, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Dead fish in a barrel.

Fletch54 on September 18, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Cut him a break, it’s NBC. He had to get his permission slip signed but his boss was heading to Moscow to expand the business.

Blacksmith on September 18, 2009 at 3:54 PM

+1 for Leno

Now, if only Letterman would show this…

Upstater85 on September 18, 2009 at 3:55 PM

I love the fact he joked about ACORN getting fraudulent votes. That was dead on!

darwin on September 18, 2009 at 3:59 PM

I love the smell of burnt ACORN in the morning.

Smells like…VICTORY.

Good Lt on September 18, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Much better than Letterman.

Good Lt on September 18, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Wasn’t it ACORN that was also on tape helping some foreclosed person break back into their house or something?

Midas on September 18, 2009 at 4:00 PM

I’m sure SNL will do an ACORN skit next week

Far more likely that they’ll do a skit mocking Glenn Beck.

tsj017 on September 18, 2009 at 4:00 PM

It’s pretty pathetic when Jon Stewart and Jay Leno have to report news that half of the population knows nothing about because they’re watching the SRM/MSM instead of FNC.

redridinghood on September 18, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Somewhat OT, but:

Glad to see Hot Air updated its links and removed LGF from its list of “War on Terror” blogs.

Referring to libelblogger’s CJ’s discredited website as a War of Terror blog would be akin to referring to Acorn as a patriotic, upstanding community service organization.

guest77 on September 18, 2009 at 4:04 PM

OT: RIP Irving Cristol

lavell12 on September 18, 2009 at 4:05 PM

I was shocked when I saw this. Leno also had a George W. Bush joke this week that did NOT gratuitously insult the former President.

malclave on September 18, 2009 at 4:13 PM

How dare Jay Leno insult Dick Durbin’s, Roland Burris’s, and Patrick Leahy’s all time favorite sleazebucket organization!

Smell the sarcasm!

pilamaye on September 18, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Knock knock.
Who’s there?
ACORN.
ACORN who?
Please just open the door, Charlie Gibson.

Jim Treacher on September 18, 2009 at 4:17 PM

I’m just really upset that they’ve shut down the vital Child-Whoring Pimp Assistance program. It’s killing small businesses like mine. And in the middle of a recession! What sense does that make? I got those eight girls coming off a container ship from Thailand next week, and nowhere to put them. This couldn’t have happened at a worse time.

Urquhart on September 18, 2009 at 4:18 PM

LGF belongs under the Egomaniacal Assh*le Channel.

Mike Honcho on September 18, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Smells like…VICTORY.

Good Lt on September 18, 2009 at 3:59 PM

The sleazeballs running ACORN need a RICO investigation and a permanent shutdown, or they will recreate themselves with a different name. The Chief Community Organizer will find another way to launder government money and get it out to them. They all must go down, including the “CCO.”

BottomLine5 on September 18, 2009 at 4:24 PM

Referring to libelblogger’s CJ’s discredited website as a War of Terror blog would be akin to referring to Acorn as a patriotic, upstanding community service organization.

guest77 on September 18, 2009 at 4:04 PM

I think I got banned from there just yesterday, at least I couldn’t log in today. All I said was I didn’t see why we pay attention to fringe lunatics and their signs. I don’t think they deserve the attention, it just makes them feel relevant…and they’re not. I said if you’re going to post pics of these racists hate mongers put them in a gallery of hate, a gallery of shame, a gallery for the uncivilized. Today I guess I’m not welcome there. boo hoo.

scalleywag on September 18, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Anyway, good for Leno. Bravo.

scalleywag on September 18, 2009 at 4:28 PM

American
Slimeball
Society

The Rock on September 18, 2009 at 4:35 PM

We need a competition to figure out what name they’re evenetually going to regroup under.

BadgerHawk on September 18, 2009 at 2:58 PM

CASHEW
Community Agitating Socialists Habitually Embarrasing Washington

Red State State of Mind on September 18, 2009 at 4:37 PM

I can’t believe Leno did that. By the way, he’s told more about acorn in his little joke than MSM has in the past month.

ranzofola on September 18, 2009 at 4:44 PM

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