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October 18, 2012 5:20 PM The D’Souza Dumpster Fire

By Ed Kilgore

Like my friend Harold Pollack, I have no desire to throw my own kindling into the dumpster fire that is consuming Dinesh D’Souza’s career and personal life, or warm myself with his self-destruction. The Good Lord seems to act most swiftly and surely to smite the self-righteous and superior, whether it’s D’Souza or his tormenters.

But I do hope D’Souza’s humiliation has the positive effect of dampening the distribution and shredding the slender credibility of his “documentary” (2016: Obama’s America) feeding the worst of Kenyan-anti-colonialist conspiracy theories—many of them earlier invented by D’Souza in other venues—about the president. I’ve had relatives send me links to the trailer touting D’Souza as “objective,” which may well be the least appropriate adjective to attach to any of this man’s work. It’s fine by me if D’Souza somehow survives the current conflagration, but may his most famous piece of agitprop be thoroughly devoured by the flames. It would be especially nice, though most unlikely, if he’d repudiate it himself as an act of penance.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • Bort on October 18, 2012 5:33 PM:

    Somehow survive? Um, Gingrich, Ralph Reed etc. Seriously, that whole party is one big Etch-a-sketch. Look D'Souza Mark 2 in a year or two.

  • Kathryn on October 18, 2012 5:39 PM:

    This humiliation couldn't happen to a more deserving person. It will, of course, have little effect on his hatchet job movie. Viewers of such dreck are merely looking for some backup claims to keep convincing themselves they aren't the bigots they actually are.

  • martin on October 18, 2012 5:49 PM:

    The movie is pretty well played out in the megaplexes, but they are supposed to release the DVD in time for the election. Let's hope this is just the type of publicity to put the release in the crapper.

    And it couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

  • paul on October 18, 2012 6:00 PM:

    He has been poisoning the public discourse for decades. I'm sure he has enough put away to live on. If he is never again mentioned in public, much less given a platform to speak from, it will be too soon.

  • Andy Olsen on October 18, 2012 6:12 PM:

    NetFlix had that movie as one of their most popular rentals. It's getting seen pretty widely, so it will take more than wishing to trash it.

    A bigger question is why D'Souza and the right wing think being "anti-colonialist" is a bad thing. That is honestly and truly mysterious, except to say they are basically Tories at heart.

  • Andy Olsen on October 18, 2012 6:18 PM:

    Maybe I saw that movie on Charter On Demand. But, it's being rented out already.

    Someone with a big megaphone should discredit it right now.

    Adding, worry not for D'Souza, who is not only a hypocrite on marriage but also on the Ninth Commandment: "thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor."

  • c u n d gulag on October 18, 2012 6:35 PM:

    "...I have no desire to throw my own kindling into the dumpster fire that is consuming Dinesh D’Souza’s career and personal life, or warm myself with his self-destruction."

    WHY THE FECK NOT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    This lying sociopathic POS revels in destroying other peoples success!

    I'm enjoying it!
    So should you.

    I'm tired of acting nice, while these hypocritical d*cks and c*nts revel in the agony of everyone else - whether they deserved it, or it was created by the right wing.

    FECKI 'IM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous on October 18, 2012 6:46 PM:

    "The Good Lord seems to act most swiftly and surely to smite the self-righteous and superior, .... "

    Nothing could be further from the truth.

  • DisgustedWithItAll on October 18, 2012 7:07 PM:

    And oh yeah, Democrats need to learn to spike the football. Those assnapkins on the right hate us anyway. Here's what a conservative personality respects: domination. That's it. Nothing else. If you beat them and are a good sport about it, they consider you a pussy. They have to be crushed.

    That being said. Hahahahahahahaha... at you, D'Souza. Dick.

  • Lifelong Dem on October 18, 2012 8:13 PM:

    I'm not as nice as Ed, something I've noticed before. I have no problem whatsoever getting nice and warm in the heat of the D’Souza dumpster fire. This is yet another right winger who's become rich selling books that basically say that anyone who holds a liberal point of view is inherently evil and dedicated to the destruction of American life.

    So now that he's destroyed his own life, I say, "Yeah BAAAAAYYYBEEEEEEEEEE!!!"

  • Matt on October 18, 2012 8:41 PM:

    But I do hope D’Souza’s humiliation has the positive effect of dampening the distribution and shredding the slender credibility of his “documentary”

    Wouldn't that be nice? But no, if anything, it'll probably marginally increase the number of people outside the extreme fringe who see it.

    "Say, honey, have you heard anything about this Obama documentary? Hmm, Dinesh D'Souza... that name sounds familiar. Let's put it in the Netflix queue."

    I don't take any joy in D'Souza getting caught with his pants down, either--because he's not the go-to conservative pundit about pants issues. Instead, he's the go-to conservative for how any brown person except for him and Michelle Malkin is a sneaky wetback Muslim welfare cheat. When he gets arrested for trying to claim fake children on his tax returns, I'll gloat then.

  • castanea on October 18, 2012 9:01 PM:

    "Here's what a conservative personality respects: domination. That's it. Nothing else. If you beat them and are a good sport about it, they consider you a pussy. They have to be crushed."

    That is the most truthful comment of the day. The rightwing takes sportsmanship as a sign of weakness. Whereas I don't necessarily think Democratic officeholders should spike the football very often, if only to avoid pushing the political world into complete churlishness, I do think commentators and pundits should feel free to point out the glaring hypocrisy of the rightwing and laugh at it.

    D'Souza is a pompous religious prick and deserves to all the sand on the beaches of La Jolla kicked into his face.

  • TCinLA on October 18, 2012 9:12 PM:

    No. Watching him burn to a crisp is fine with me, like seeing Savanarola get it in "The Borgias". Then we can line up Jonah Goldberg and the scumbags at Breitbart for the next blaze of truth.

  • Anonne on October 18, 2012 9:21 PM:

    I wouldn't worry about D'Souza. He's well embedded on the wingnut welfare line. All he has to do is keep spinning the 'Obama is a socialist' meme and the gravy train will keep flowing for him. AND he will have a hotter young wife to boot. The "he's human, forgive him" tropes will come out and all will be well.

  • Anonymous on October 18, 2012 9:27 PM:

    Mark Warren's guest blog over at Charles Pierce's blog is right on:

    News comes this afternoon that famous moralist and lady's man Dinesh D'Souza has resigned as president of New York's evangelical King's College after recently attending an event on traditional values and sharing a hotel room with a woman who was not his wife. This move is hardly original, having been pioneered by famous moralist and lady's man Newt Gingrich before him. Now, under normal circumstances I cannot bear to see anyone laid low by these failings that we as humans all possess. These things are private and ought to remain that way. I will, however, make an exception for Dinesh. Because is ever there was a man who invited and deserved scorn, ridicule, and rebuke, it is D'Souza, him who has become regarded as a celebrity and scholar in some horrible circles for casting others into hell. Him, who wrote that it was American liberals who caused the attacks of September 11 for not being enough like al Qaeda and giving the maniacs no choice but to kill us. And it is Dinesh D'Souza who most recently told a hundred conscious lies about Barack Obama in the hideously successful "documentary" 2016: Obama's America. D'Souza is an awful writer and has been since the Dartmouth Review, and he is a dangerous propagandist with a vast and impressionable constituency. As Andy Mills, chairman of the college's board of trustees said in announcing D'Souza's resignation, "I have to admit, I got a bit over-enamored with him."

    I have challenged D'Souza to a fight on several different occasions over the years, and he has never answered me. I can't explain it, really, other than to say that the impulse to hit him in the face has been quite strong in me ever since he profited from blaming 9/11 on its victims. But it seemed until today that my need to hurt this horrible little man was destined to go unsatisfied. Well, having God smack him down is so very much better. I will forever more regard this turn of events as God's review of D'Souza's body of work. Thank you, God, for answering my prayers.

  • DisgustedWithItAll on October 18, 2012 9:44 PM:

    Not only was D'Souza married, but it pretty clear that D'Souza's hottie was married! Check this out:

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/big-love-king-s-college-dsouzas-mistress-was-also-married

    "On the heels of a sex scandal, Dinesh D’Souza announced his resignation today as president of King’s College in New York. D’Souza, star of the nonsensical anti-Obama film 2016: Obama's America and defender of traditional marriage, was recently caught cavorting with a much younger woman while still married to his wife. And now to make matters worse, it appears that his mistress was also married.

    Last week, D’Souza blasted President Obama for undermining traditional values. Now we know D’Souza is so traditional that his love life comes straight out of the Old Testament...."

    This is the guy that tore int Obama for devaluing traditional values? It's incredible that the right has not shame, no sense of hypocrisy. Unbelievable.

  • Rich on October 18, 2012 10:00 PM:

    I would imagine that his documentary's grosses have been plumped up with bulk sales much like his books (and those of other wingnuts). Big orgs but the books and dole them out as premiums for membership. I would imagine that big orgs have been buying tickets and handing them out to chrches, libertarian party chapters, etc. I'll bet most tickets go unused even by those groups.

  • Anonymous on October 18, 2012 10:34 PM:


    c u n d gulag on October 18, 2012 6:35 PM:

    "...I have no desire to throw my own kindling into the dumpster fire that is consuming Dinesh D�Souza�s career and personal life, or warm myself with his self-destruction."

    WHY THE FECK NOT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!


    global warming maybe?

  • ANM on October 18, 2012 10:42 PM:

    Upon hearing about D'Souza's affair my first reaction was essentially this.

  • suitworld on October 19, 2012 6:55 AM:

    "The Good Lord seems to act most swiftly and surely to smite the self-righteous and superior, whether it’s D’Souza or his tormenters." Is there any evidence to support any aspect of this assertion: super-natural being, smiting anybody in particular based on moral character?

  • castanea on October 19, 2012 7:29 AM:

    "Is there any evidence to support any aspect of this assertion: super-natural being, smiting anybody in particular based on moral character?"

    The Detroit Tigers just swept the New York Yankees in the ALCS. Is that evidence enough for you?

  • jim filyaw on October 19, 2012 9:02 AM:

    i believe it was oscar wilde who observed that although he had never killed anyone, there were obituaries that he read with pleasure. so be it with this excuse for a human being. i'm not going to say more, but neither am i going to act the hypocrite and commiserate with him. there a lot of his ilk whose obits i intend to thoroughly enjoy.

  • Joe Corso on October 19, 2012 9:21 AM:

    Kindling? Kindling? Of course not Kindling.

    Gasoline, Napalm, C-4, Notroglycerine, Now that's the ticket, damn-it.

    Don't bring a knife to a gunfight. D'Souza's actions do not constitute a career; they constitute a disease.

  • eserwe on October 19, 2012 10:23 AM:

    Dinesh D'Souza is small fry in the grand scale of things. But he will go to hell, because the Master of the Underworld needs fart counters for the real monsters residing there and there is no way the MoU will pass up on a talent like Dinesh.

  • El Tiburon on October 19, 2012 1:37 PM:

    Wait - exactly how does the shit that was flung upon Bill Clinton even compare to this D'Souza situation?

    Oh, that's right. It doesn't. These "people" are not to be shown any compassion. Their entire existences is to eradicate liberals. You can take that literally or not.

    But I like how Pollack is not going to lower himself by piling on, by, you know, piling on.

    You know I agree that these type of matters should remain private. But it is the D'Souza's of the world that make this impossible. It's too bad organizations exist to "out" closeted Republicans, but thank FSM for their existence. Once we win this war and a man can cheat or a woman can be gay and not have it affect them in the political sphere, then okay.

    Otherwise Pollack can go F himself.