You have to understand this before we go any farther. George Brett was using an illegal bat when he hat that game winning HR off Goose Gossage. All the yelling & screaming and the commissioner ruling not withstanding
Brett used a bat that was illegal and therefore under the rules of baseball was rightly called out.
The question of if the rule concerning the amount of pine tar on the bat was a good rule is an entirely different question.
And that brings us to Dinesh D”Sousa.
If he in fact gave $20,000 via shadow donors he not only broke the law. He’s an idiot!
First of all there is no way he doesn’t know what the law is here.
Second of all he is doing it in a race with a dubious chance of success. Forgetting the morality of violating the law if you are going to cheat do it when you have an actual shot to win. Like the Democrats in NH
Third of all It’s of dubious value. You are talking $20,000 in a US Senate race, that would be like building a grand conspiracy to allow 2 people to vote twice in an election as opposed to a more organized effort.
But most of all, we have just passed through a moment when the administration and the justice department has made it clear that they will not punish anyone over Benghazi or the IRS scandal.
Did D’Sousa really think that an administration willing to use the IRS against their political enemies who are acting legally would not use the Justice Department go after a political foe who made the single most popular film against Barack Obama in 2012 in the case of an actual violation of law?
It would not surprise me if there was no “there” there and this is all about sending a message to any who would oppose this administration and I argued just yesterday in my subscription commentary (Ironically recorded before I heard about the D’Sousa story) that the system of campaign finance rules we have is pretty much phony.
…but bottom line the quality of the law or how it is enforced on you compared to say Sen Menendez. We’re conservatives, we understand life isn’t fair. the law exists as it is and if you are going to play the game you have to play it by the rules, particularly when you know when the umpire crew is in the tank for the other team.
And this time the league President is definitely not going to overrule his umps.
Update: This tweet is entirely correct
Dinesh D'Souza has become a victim of the Obama Administration's "selective prosecution" of only their enemies. Much worse then Nixon
— Kevin B Snyder (@Kevinbsnyder) January 24, 2014
but it doesn’t change the fact that if D’Sousa did this, he’s an idiot.
Update 2: Via Glenn Althouse is Exactly Right!
What’s the defense? That he’s a good person who meant well and enjoyed camaraderie with the beneficiary of his illegal acts? I don’t think campaign finance laws work that way, but maybe I’m wrong. Personally, I avoid campaign finance because I think the law is set up to snag people on all sorts of weird details. I’m troubled by that, because it means that you can’t run for office unless you have plenty of legal advice, so how do you begin to run for office? It’s really oppressive. But if there’s going to be oppression like that, it can’t be an out that you didn’t mean to violate any law, can it?
A person who decides to deal with poisonous snakes should damn well know they will bite you if you give them a chance. Cue Al Wilson.
Update 3: Ace notices coincidence, all the more reason to not give these guys an actual legit excuse to go after you.:
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