The Gingrichian Restoration of Dinesh D’Souza

Dinesh D’Souza hasn’t even been sentenced yet, but his restoration process to the status of Good Christian Man has already begun in earnest. And like Newt Gingrich before him, he’s blaming his “poor judgment” on just being so busy trying to save the country he loves so much.

“I feel its been at times a little crazy and at times a little surreal, perhaps no more so than recently because of the whole trial, [and] the criminal prosecution. It’s something that I never really expected or thought that I would be facing,” D’Souza told The Christian Post on Tuesday. “But I’ve tried to face it with honesty and dignity.”

He explained that in the summer of 2012, he was going through a time that was “emotionally overwhelming” for him.

“It was the flurry of ‘2016,’ the movie was in full swing. I was at the same time running a college, and I was at the same time marketing a book, and speaking. Everything was a whirlwind and I think part of that got to me and so I made decisions then that I would not have made in cooler moments,” said D’Souza, 53…

“Similarly, I made some personal errors of judgment that were again as a result of stress and the chaos at the time,” he said. “I look back and I’ve learned from it. I realize that sometimes I get so monomaniacally focused on what I’m doing that other things get sidelined. People say, ‘Well you are so smart, how can you do something so stupid?’ But smart people sometimes do focus on ‘x’ and neglect other things that they should be paying attention to, but they don’t.” About this period, which included “2016,” a critical look at Obama, D’Souza said, “There were times when I felt that I was running against Obama myself. I was like a political candidate in a whirlwind.”

Right. It couldn’t be because you’re a massive douchebag or anything. You just loved your country so much that you had to do it.

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  • lofgren

    I also love my country so much that sometimes I violate its laws and also cheat on my wife because I am so enraptured by loving my country. For example right now I love America so gosh dang much I’m going to take two bong hits and do a line of speed, then throttle a hooker behind the White Hen down by the highway. This just proves what a patriot I am.

  • dmcclean

    He showed a lot of restraint there, only plugging his terrible movie twice in two whole paragraphs.

    What pisses me off is that when 2016 doesn’t look anything at all like ‘2016’, nobody is going to put him on a TV interview and call him on it.

  • countryboy

    IOW, he’s sorry he got caught and next time he’ll be sneakier

  • John Pieret

    We all should be grateful for a man who will sacrifice his personal integrity for the rest of us!

  • alanb

    But I’ve tried to face it with honesty and dignity.

    Wow, I think I saw my brain on that eye roll.

  • http://dontlinkmebro F [i’m not here, i’m gone]

    It’s something that I never really expected or thought that I would be facing,

    The sound of privilege.

    “It was the flurry of ’2016,’ the movie was in full swing. I was at the same time running a college, and I was at the same time marketing a book, and speaking. Everything was a whirlwind

    It’s nice to not have to work full time at any one thing just to barely survive. But having irons in many fires while pushing agendas and being highly compensated is so much harder.

  • marcus

    “But I’ve tried to face it with honesty and dignity.” However, since I possess neither of those traits, it’s been virtually impossible.

  • cjcolucci

    Isn’t it precisely the decisions you make under conditions of “stress” and “chaos” that reveal what you are?

  • http://denkeensechtna.blogspot.com Deen

    It was the flurry of ’2016,’ the movie was in full swing. I was at the same time running a college, and I was at the same time marketing a book, and speaking.

    So now that Dinesh D’Souza has established for himself that he can’t actually handle that kind of workload, will he give up on any of those activities?

  • http://denkeensechtna.blogspot.com Deen

    Also, who says this of themselves?

    People say, ‘Well you are so smart, how can you do something so stupid?’

  • eric

    F:

    It’s something that I never really expected or thought that I would be facing,

    The sound of privilege

    I think its far more mundane than that. A criminal irrationally underestimated his chance of getting caught. Happens all the time. You might even say it happens every time.

  • eric

    I realize that sometimes I get so monomaniacally focused on what I’m doing that other things get sidelined.

    How is writing checks to other people and directing them to donate that money to political campaigns ‘a thing getting sidelined?’ Seems to me it’s the exact opposite: if you were monomaniacally focused on your movie, you would’ve forgotten about the checks and wouldn’t be in this situation. Clearly, not sidelining your political support efforts was the problem here.

    smart people sometimes do focus on ‘x’ and neglect other things that they should be paying attention to, but they don’t.”

    Again, the problem here was obviously that you didn’t neglect your political contributions when you should have neglected them.

  • flatlander100

    The Rev. Jim Bakker put the excuse more succintly when he was seducing a comely young church aide into his bed: “When you serve the shephard, you serve the sheep.”

  • dingojack

    Surely he meant: “When you serve the shepherd, you serve service the sheep.”

    Dingo

  • Artor

    “But I’ve tried to face it with honesty and dignity.”

    LOL! DeSouza said that?

    ‘Well you are so smart, how can you do something so stupid?’

    LOL! Someone said that about DeSouza?

  • mikey

    He was SOOO focused on his important “work(s)” but still found time to run a campaign contribution scam and keep a second lady friend. I am quite impressed.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Yeah, the very definition of dignity is to cry “help, help, I’m being persecuted!” when you get caught red-handed.

  • busterggi

    I’m impressed. I’d have expected him to go straight into being possessed by demons as an explaination.

  • coragyps

    I hereby nominate “gingrichian” for the title of Adjective of the Year.

  • Al Dente

    You just loved your country so much that you had to do it.

    I’m reminded of something said about a village in Vietnam: “It became necessary to destroy the town to save it.”

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    This is the thing he regrets? What about his career?

  • DaveL

    But I’ve tried to face it with honesty and dignity.

    I can only assume Honesty and Dignity are the names of his two latest girlfriends. Let’s all just hope they’re over 18.

  • vereverum

    @ F & eric:

    IMHO it could be either, there’s a book, ‘Mistakes Were Made, But Not by Me’ with a section about this. They have a self-image that they are good people and transfer the good to their actions which are then good by definition, i.e. I’m good so I do good things. So irrational or privilege. The motive wanting to do good would point to irrational but if there is a claim of persecution (as #17 Area Man points out) , that would point to privilege.

    @ marcus :

    I like that. Another grammarian may correct me, but I also took the presence of the word “tried” to imply failure.

  • thebookofdave

    It was the flurry of ’2016,’ the movie was in full swing. I was at the same time running a college, and I was at the same time marketing a book, and speaking. Everything was a whirlwind and I think part of that got to me and so I made decisions then that I would not have made in cooler moments

    My college years were crazy-times for me. I admit I did a few stunts that, in retrospect, seem a little bit rash. But do we need to pemanently ruin an otherwise decent man’s reputation for the precocious acts of youth done in the heat of the moment?

  • http://mostlyrational.net tacitus

    Last weekend, I had the misfortune of sitting through a trailer for his latest propaganda piece, “America: Imagine a World Without Her” due out later this year.

    IMDB describes it thusly; “A story that imagines that the United States lost the Revolutionary War and therefore never existed.” based on his latest book by the same name.

    No thanks.

  • caseloweraz

    Tacitus:

    That would be the world-line in which Native American tribes band together to throw off the British imperial yoke and evolve into a continent-spanning civilization in the present day.

    Oh, wait; we’re talking work by Dinesh D’Sousa, Good Christian Man here.

    Never mind.