Bristol Palin, James O'Keefe, Jonathan Krohn: Young Republican Stars

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"Filmmaker?" Really, Fox News?

Most young Americans are pretty liberal. We're down with gay rights, not so down with war, and every once in a while we think it's a good idea for the government to help the downtrodden. But there exists a vocal minority of youthful conservatives, and increasingly, they're on the move. Some are brilliant, and some are a couple of brain cells away from comatose. Here's the rundown of tomorrow's Reagans and Reaganettes.

Jonathan Krohn

Nickname: The Prodigy

Description: You know something is seriously wrong with a teen when his Web site "bio" has more important-sounding titles than a vast majority of American adults. Take Jonathan Krohn, who loves being a conservative so much that he's wasted the best years of his life trying to please the old white men of the Republican party. The 15-year-old became a national figure after he spoke at the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference. He had already self-published a book titled "Define Conservatism." His second book "Defining Conservatism" was published last month. Oh, and his bio, in case you were wondering: "Jonathan Krohn is a columnist, author, speaker, and political analyst."

Ben Wetmore

Nickname: The Puppet Master

Description: Wetmore is the mastermind behind the breed of hidden-camera stunt journalism being practiced by radical right-wingers across the country. Both Joe Basel and James O'Keefe claim him as "mentor." Wetmore catapulted into Bill O'Reilly-fame after being arrested by campus police at American University for videotaping a Tipper Gore speech in 2002.

James O'Keefe

Nickname: The Pimp

Description: A self-described "investigative journalist without formal training," O'Keefe updates Nixon-era dirty tricks for the digital age, mixing in his own taste for the theatrical. Last year the 25-year-old more or less single-handedly brought down ACORN by pretending to run a brothel and videotaping ACORN staff advising him how to set up his business. To spice up his investigation, O'Keefe spliced in footage of himself dressed up like a '70s-era pimp. Because white kids dressing up like black stereotypes just doesn't stop being hilarious! His next project, a joint effort with Joe Basel among others, got him arrested and charged with a felony for attempting to interfere with a Democratic senator's phone system. Whatever happens with that case, we feel certain we can expect more, uh, "investigative journalism" from young James.

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