When You've Lost Steve Sailer...

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Sept. 17 2010 10:04 AM

When You've Lost Steve Sailer...

Who can get enough of Dinesh D'Souza? I can't. And my favorite response to the article is this pithy one from Steve Sailer , the underappreciated and un-P.C. writer on race who rightly sees D'Souza's "Kenyan anti-colonialism" thesis as a watering down of Sailer's own thesis in his book, America's Half-Blood Prince .

It's not a terribly well-done article -- D'Souza's attempts to draw straight lines between Obama's intellectual heritage and various current Obama Administration policies are often silly. Yet, the outraged response to D'Souza's piece just shows how few people out of the millions who have bought the President's memoir, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance have actually read the book, and how many fewer have read it with the care it deserves.

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Ryan Chittum gets some good licks in , but Sailer's pretty much got it. The problem is that D'Souza is giving the quick-and-wrong read to conservatives.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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