The reality -- that ACORN is an established group with worthy goals and some success but also poor management -- is not what's driving the story. Conservatives want to destroy ACORN and the things it does. Period.
ACORN wrongly gave advice to people who were trying to take advantage of public and private funds for illegal purposes. Were they breaking the law or the public trust? In either case, not Abu Ghraib by a long shot.
In comparison to all the good ACORN does, the House's action Thursday, specifically the role played by the Democratic majority, is shameful. It's truly incredible that Democrats aided in this travesty.