The D'Souza Boomlet

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Sept. 16 2010 9:07 AM

The D'Souza Boomlet

My review of/exasperated sigh of Dinesh D'Souza's book The Roots of Obama's Rage included the optimistic point that D'Souza's lousy books usually inspire a backlash that hurts his cause. Maybe this is a sign of the shifting zeitgeist, because that's not happening yet. Media Matters catches Glenn Beck buying the thesis :

I couldn't figure out what the president was doing and I missed the fact because I hadn't really looked into him. It becomes almost an illusion of racism -- and it's not racism. It's anti-colonialism. It is -- it's liberation theology, which is also in a way anti-colonialism. It's Marxism in its roots. And when you understand these things, all of a sudden everything makes sense. ... His grandfather and his father -- when you understand what they were doing, you all of a sudden can see Barack Obama and where he's going.

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He hated his father! People, the man's memoir has been on sale for 15 years, and he had his much love for his drunk of a father as Ronald Reagan had for his drunk of a father. And in those moments when he was deepest in his cups, I don't even think Barack Obama, Sr would have confused liberation theology and anti-colonialism. (They emerged around the same time, but liberation theology was a product of Catholic countries in South America that had thrown off their colonial powers a century earlier.)

Ralph Reed, fresh off his comeback conference, makes another endorsement :

Some people are saying that Michael Steele endorsed the article, too, although I don't see it -- I read this as genuine confusion. The Beck endorsement matters, though; I'm struggling to imagine, say, an article in 2002 about George W. Bush being a puppet of Likud winning wide acceptance with liberal elites.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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