As readers already know, conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza has written a Forbes cover piece which argues that, among other thingsâ€¦
Incredibly, the U.S. is being ruled according to the dreams of a Luo tribesman of the 1950s. This philandering, inebriated African socialist, who raged against the world for denying him the realization of his anticolonial ambitions, is now setting the nation’s agenda through the reincarnation of his dreams in his son.
D’Souza writes more words like that, claiming that Obama has doctored everything from foreign policy to health reform, Brazilian oil exploration, and even NASA out of Kenyan anticolonialism. (See Adam Serwer and Jonathan Chait explain how this article combines an offensive fundamental premise with deceptive and wrong backup details.)
Now Newt Gingrich has picked up the cudgel . One would think that Gingrich, being white, would have less latitude for thinly-veiled racialized hysteria. Then again, one would think Gingrich would have less scope for thinly-veiled anti-Semitism, too. Apparently not.)
I hadn’t heard about D’Souza for years. It’s quite a comment on the conservative movement that he’s held a series of cushy sinecures at various right-wing foundations and think-tanks. He’s now president of something called the King’s College and author of a forthcoming polemic The Roots of Obama’s Rage.
Twenty-five years ago, I knew D’Souza as an editor of a crudely offensive conservative campus rag called The Prospect, which disparaged the qualifications of African-American students and printed offensive things about women. In the mid-1990s, D’Souza wrote a Bell-Curve-lite volume that was equally offensive.
I was thinking about this junk when I encountered a strikingly rugged African-American in Princeton garb this weekend in my community. We got to talking. It turned out that he was in my college class, and played basketball for Princeton. He is now a distinguished medical specialist who treats patients in the Chicago southland. I would happily match this gentleman’s biography of accomplishment against Mr. D’Souza’s.
It’s not surprising that D’Souza has sold his soul once again. It’s depressing that he keeps finding such willing buyers.