When, some of have wondered, is the takeover of the Republican party by lunatics going to provoke a backlash among either the voters or the non-lunatic conservative thinkers?
There’s still no hint of a voter backlash, but Dinesh D’Souza’s hate-filled rant against the President, and its endorsement by Newt Gingrich, seem to be causing widespread disgruntlement on the literate right.
Heather Mac Donald, for example, is far from gruntled:
Forbes magazine has now â€œfact-checkedâ€ Dinesh Dâ€™Souzaâ€™s infamous September 27 cover story, â€œHow Obama Thinks,â€ and has uncovered one â€œslightâ€ misrepresentation, it says, of an Obama speech on the BP oil spill. Such a â€œfact-checkingâ€ feint is irrelevant to this travesty of an article; you canâ€™t â€œfact-checkâ€ a fever dream of paranoia and irrationality. Sickeningly, while â€œHow Obama Thinksâ€ is useless as a guide to the Obama presidency, it is all too representative of the hysteria that now runs through a significant portion of the right-wing media establishment. The article is worth analyzing at some length as an example of the lunacy that is poisoning much conservative discourse.
And analyze it at some length she does. By the time Mac Donald is finished with him, there’s nothing left of D’Souza but a small, stinking puddle.
If D’Souza and Gingrich have, at long last, awakened what’s left of the actual conservative movement in this country to the dangers of associating with the neo-Birchers, they will, for the first time in their lives, have performed an actual public service. Kudos to Mac Donald for calling them out.