… Do the D’Souza defenders have anything to say about the actual charges? Well, Ingraham made fun of how short the indictment was, and … that’s about it. Reporters who’ve actually compared the indictment to the timeline of donations and refunds to Long’s campaign say they match up neatly. Reuters’ Alison Frankel pointed out that campaign finance cases like this are common, and typically settled. The FBI saw an easy “straw donor” case. It pounced.
But if you don’t accept that theory—if you see the shadow hand of a conspiracy—you’ve got so much to gain. Drudge, Cruz, Ingraham, and company lose absolutely nothing by speculating about an Obama administration hit job in easily shareable news stories and videos. Friends of Abe gets a sympathetic A1 story in the New York Times, one that silences—for now, at least—some internal debate about whether Republican politicians were taking advantage of the group, seeing their celebrity members as potential donors.
And before we ask how D’Souza comes out of this, consider where he’s been. Back in 2012, around the time of the suspect donations, D’Souza resigned under duress from the presidency of King’s College. He’d scandalized the evangelical community after appearing at a conference with his fiancé, Denise Joseph, while not yet divorced from his wife. Denise Joseph happens to be the possible “straw donor” whose money was refunded by the Wendy Long campaign…
(But, for the historical record, did anyone ever track down Denise’s first husband, Mr. Joseph II?)