Neither Forbes nor the National Review is on my list on constant reads. The following descriptions come from Maureen Dowd in the NYT.
I’m not sure where the last discussion we had about bigotry left us, and I’d be interested in hearing reactions to people who publish this thinly disguised racism.
It’s probably also the case that it’s good to be aware that these influential people are saying this stuff. It is the sort of thing that can make one fear for the future of America.
So the smear artists are claiming not only that the president is a socialist but that he suffers from a socialism gene.
“Our president is trapped in his father’s time machine,” D’Souza writes in Forbes, offering a genetic theory of ideology. “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.”
And Newt Gingrich
Gingrich praised D’Souza’s article in Forbes, previewing an upcoming book called “The Roots of Obama’s Rage.”
Newt told The National Review Online that it was the “most profound insight I have read in the last six years about Barack Obama” and said D’Souza shows that the president “is so outside our comprehension” that you can only understand him “if you understand Kenyan, anticolonial behavior.”
Newt added: “This a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president.”
As Dowd says, “It’s Newt and D’Souza and their ilk who put America at risk.”