Ben Stein, Come On Down, You Won The Out Of Touch Award Of 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
This kind of crap is what makes me sad to be a part of the same species as these out of touch conservative idiots. Ben Stein has devoted 820 words on the The American Spectator, in defense of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the IMF. As you may know, Mr. Strauss-Kahn has been accused of sexual assault.

The whole article is pure rubbish and I am sure the blogosphere will be buzzing about the article. Listed in convenient bullet point form, Mr. Stein lays out his defense. Number five jumped out at me:
5. Mr. Strauss-Kahn had surrendered his passport. He had offered to stay in New York City. He is one of the most recognizable people on the planet. Did he really have to be put in Riker's Island? Couldn't he have been given home detention with a guard? This is a man with a lifetime of public service, on a distinguished level, to put it mildly. Was Riker's Island really the place to put him on the allegations of one human being? Hadn't he earned slightly better treatment than that? And why compare him with a certain pedophile from France long ago? That man had confessed to his crime. Mr. Strauss-Kahn has not confessed to anything.
Mr. Stein, this is how the justice system works for most people. Is there some special way it should work for the rich and powerful? Sure, the rich, famous and politically connected do frequently get better treatment then, say, the maid accusing him would under similar circumstances. I always assumed this was because they had better lawyers, not that it was some kind of secret right. Do you get this special treatment when you get your Amex Black Card?

In point number six Ben says:
They have incredibly hard jobs and they do them uncomplainingly. I am sure she is a fine woman. On the other hand, I have had hotel maids that were complete lunatics, stealing airline tickets from me, stealing money from me, throwing away important papers, stealing medications from me. How do we know that this woman's word was good enough to put Mr. Strauss-Kahn straight into a horrific jail?
Wow, really? To summarize Ben, some maids are nice, but others are mean to me and steal stuff from me, so maybe Strauss-Kahn isn't guilty. Rappers call this the “That bitch was crazy” defense, which is misogynistic whether you rap it or say it in a dull nasal monotone.  He concludes with this:
8. In what possible way is the price of the hotel room relevant except in every way: this is a case about the hatred of the have-nots for the haves, and that's what it's all about. A man pays $3,000 a night for a hotel room? He's got to be guilty of something. Bring out the guillotine.
Yes, that's it exactly. Dominique Strauss-Kahn is being vilified in the media and charged by New York law enforcement because he is rich. It's all part of Presidents Obama's grand plan to take the rich people and send them all to jail.

Hat Tip to Talking Points Memo


  1. The part that floors me about this, and I suppose it shouldn't, is that the is completely ignoring the fact there was evidence collected to support the arrest. That is, after all, how these things work. But I shouldn't really expect anyone like Mr. Stein to address factual anything, should I?It is a lot more entertaining if you just make stuff up.


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