Vice President Joe Biden appeared with Rachel Maddow yesterday and chided Newt Gingrich for echoing Dinesh D'Souza's new "garbage" article in Forbes, which suggests Barack Obama's policies are a reflection of his father's ideas.
The article, titled "How Obama Thinks" and adopted from D'Souza's new book The Roots of Obama's Rage, explains how Obama has been influenced by his father's anti-colonial thinking. Gingrich called the article the "most profound insight I have read in the last six years about Barack Obama."
But Biden used D'Souza's article to point out how Washington is losing moderate voices. "Look at that Forbes magazine article about the president," he told Maddow. "If you read it, the article reads like science fiction. ... And guys like Newt Gingrich repeating that garbage?"
The vice president dismissed the article, and Gingrich's support of it, as an attempt to discredit one of the greatest politicians in recent memory:
I mean, this is kind of -- what’s happened on the Republican side. … When you can’t compete in ideas, what you do is the same playbook out of the conservative playbook. You try to delegitimize the other guy. That’s what’s going on ... the attempt to delegitimize one of the most talented men to enter American politics in three generations.
Yesterday, Glenn Beck interviewed D'Souza about the article:
(Editor's note: In the spirit of full disclosure, I want to point out that D'Souza is the president of my Alma mater, The King's College-New York City.)