There are few things more enjoyable in life than watching a genuine asshole get their comeuppance. Dinesh D’Souza, a man who made a career out of smearing President Obama using every dishonest tactic in the GOP handbook, is almost certainly going to jail after pleading guilty on Tuesday to a campaign finance law violation.
D’Souza avoided a prolonged and embarrassing trial, acknowledging that the case brought against him by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was beyond dispute. Bharara charged him with using “straw donors” in order to give funds to Republican Wendy Long’s New York U.S. Senate campaign in 2012. D’Souza pleaded guilty to one criminal count of making illegal contributions in the names of others.
According to the Reuters report: “Lawyers for both sides agreed that under advisory federal sentencing guidelines, D’Souza faces between 10 and 16 months in prison.”
As Bob Cesca pointed out, there is “a delicious irony” in someone who accused the president of being a fraud, himself being indicted for fraud. In his breathtakingly dishonest (and ultimately racist) documentary “2016: Obama’s America”, D’Souza essentially claimed that Obama is an undercover radical, anti colonialist, propelled to success by guilty whites (whom he hates), and is ultimately out to destroy America from the inside. In his book “The Roots of Obama’s Rage” (the inspiration for the documentary), D’Souza wrote:
Obama takes on his father’s struggle, not by recovering his body but by embracing his cause. He decides that where Obama Sr. failed, he will succeed. Obama Sr.’s hatred of the colonial system becomes Obama Jr.’s hatred; his botched attempt to set the world right defines his son’s objective. Through a kind of sacramental rite at the family tomb, the father’s struggle becomes the son’s birthright.
D’Souza’s obsession with angry blackness was best reflected in this horrifically offensive and racist tweet during the week of Thanks Giving last year:
As if pissing all over the President wasn’t enough for D’Souza, he joyfully dumped on a slaughtered teenager who had committed the heinous crime of wearing a hooded sweatshirt. Happy Thanks Giving!
There’s a possibility D’Souza can pull off a deal and not do jail time, and it’s unlikely he’ll serve the maximum sentence for his crime. This means it’s possible D’Souza can still have some sort of career after the scandal, but he won’t be nearly as prominent as he was before. The fact is, by the time D’Souza gets out of jail or his image recovers enough to get himself back on the talking heads circuit, Obama’s Presidency will be close to an end.
While D’Souza had a career before Obama’s presidency, he built a large following opposing the President at every turn. His minority status (ironically) propelled him to great heights given conservatives were searching high and low for minorities who would advocate whatever xenophobic/racist/misogynistic talking point they were promoting. D’Souza proved to be a good company man.
In any other country, D’Souza would be regarded as a half baked conspiracy theorist, brought out to be laugh at on mid-morning television and left to a career hawking his books in white suburbia. But in the era of the big, bad, black Obama, D’Souza was a somebody – an intellectual with ‘ideas’, and a seat at prominent chat shows on mainstream television.
But as the Obama era comes to an end it’s pretty safe to say that we won’t hear much more from Dinesh D’Souza. His credibility is shot, and his racist schtick won’t resonate when he gets back into public life.
His assholishness isn’t a good reason for him to go to jail, but it does make it all the more satisfying.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.