Gingrich, D’Souza, and Kenya

by Ramesh Ponnuru

I didn’t find Dinesh D’Souza’s cover story in Forbes as “stunning” or “profound” in its insight into the president as Newt Gingrich did.

D’Souza argues that President Obama’s “strange behavior” is explicable by his adoption of his father’s anticolonialist ideology. Among the alleged “oddities”: “The President continues to push for stimulus even though hundreds of billions of dollars in such funds seem to have done little.” Does this mean Paul Krugman has a “Kenyan, anti-colonialist worldview”?

Another “oddity”: The president used the Gulf spill to talk about his general approach to oil policy and decry America’s “addiction” to oil. You know who else used that (inapt) word? George W. Bush. Another Kenyan?

And another one: Obama’s comments about religious freedom and the Ground Zero mosque are “utterly irrelevant to the issue of why the proposed Cordoba House should be constructed at Ground Zero.” Basically every liberal journalist or blogger has made comments similar to Obama’s–except that they have gone further than he has.

I think that it is a mistake to imagine that Obama is a deeply mysterious figure, as opposed to a conventional liberal. He is no stranger than contemporary liberalism is.

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