If four young democrats dressed up as phone repairmen and tried to install wiretaps to Senator Mitch McConnell's office (R), they'd be off to Guantanamo, with cries of terrorism, and water-boarded by now. Or close to it. Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the national GOP would be all over it, foaming at the mouth. The rest of cable and network news would follow suit.
Instead, they were college republicans and one of their daddies is a US attorney, so it's just some goofy stunt. Still won't keep at least some of them out of federal prison (no doubt they'll all try to backstab each other as they try to make plea bargains, realizing they may actually be held accountable for their actions). At least there's that.
Who wants to take a guess that these four were not alone? Someone funded them. Did that person also put them up to something like this? Who knew what and when?