Friday, January 24, 2014


Yeah, it's nice that Dinesh D'Souza has been indicted for campaign finance fraud, but a little perspective, please -- the guy allegedly laundered a mere $20K, and to a candidate who got clocked, 72%-27%. Schadenfreude's fun, but we have a ridiculous patchwork of campaign finance laws, and practices that are far more corrupt than sidestepping $5000 individual donation limits are perfectly legal. (And what D'Souza did will almost certainly be made legal after the Supreme Court does some more legislating from the bench sometime this year.)

D'Souza is insufferable, but it's not as if he's been rolling up victories lately, for himself or his side. A year and a half ago he was exposed as a horndog moral hypocrite when his adultery became public (an embarrassment for a guy who at the time was the president of a Christian college). D'Souza is a self-styled intellectual, but his best-known literary effort of the past year was a racist tweet referring to the president as "Grown-Up Trayvon." In the run-up to the last presidential election, D'Souza wrote an Obama-bashing book that he turned into an Obama-bashing movie that he turned into another Obama-bahing book -- and it had no effect, as Obama managed to beat Mitt Romney by five million votes.

So D'Souza's not really one of the people destroying this country, though that's not for lack of trying. Let me know when they get one of those SOBs.


Did I say that D'Souza's not riding high these days? Follow the link in this tweet. I'm almost embarrassed for the guy (almost).


Victor said...


Leave it to TBogg to have the final word!
I miss his daily blog.

Steve M. said...

He's at Raw Story now, under the heading Panic in Funland.

aimai said...

Well, I'll take it. The best part is that after shrieking about Obama's storm troopers and FEMA trailers and everything under the sun now the right wing has to gnash its teeth over Christie,McConnell and D'Souza. They must be completely hysterical by this time and looking under the bed and at the phone lines for Holder and the NSA.

Ten Bears said...

I wouldn't hold my breath.

Rip Van Winkle.

Glennis said...

Flip Tree! Hilarious!

The New York Crank said...

I also absolutely adored Dinesh's opening statement, which boiled down to, "I'm not an advertising endorser, but I play one on TV."

The New York Crank

Roger said...

A John Edwards donor got a 20K fine and 60 days in prison for 26K in strawdonor contributions.

Sounds like an appropriate punishment for D'Souza. Hell, even 10/13ths of the fine and prison time would be okay.

If you want to know why it matters, check out D'Souza's Facebook page. He doesn't say anything directly, but he "quotes" his business partner saying that D'Souza's the victim of retaliation from the Obama Administration (paraphrasing). His followers are lapping it up. Respect for the rule of law demands prosecution.

If he plays his cards right, D'Souza could be the 21at Century Chuck Colson.

The only problem I have with the prosecution is that the candidate (a former Thomas law clerk) and the strawdonors aren't being prosecuted too. Unless they've gotten a deal for serving up D'Souza (and/or unless the candidate was ignorant of the source of the funds) they're just as culpable.