Since the charges were announced, D'Souza's public stance has raised my suspicions. First of all, he has shown little to no contrition. He made a huge mistake, but for this type of mistake it is hard if not impossible to claim it was an innocent misunderstanding. D'Souza appears to have reasoned that campaign finance laws are either unfair or even unconstitutional, and therefore that self-serving judgment gave him the moral authority to break the law.
Generally, people who decide on their own that certain laws should not apply to them often have serious and wide-ranging problems with respecting authority, and respecting their fellow man. Sometimes this mentality is a serious red flag as it can indicate a wide or all-encompassing narcissism manifesting itself in a blatant, chronic disregard for any and all rules, laws and conventions of behavior.
D'Souza is trying to fashion himself as some sort of martyr, some sort of victim of the oppressive, dreaded left-wing progressives who unfairly target conservatives (see the Internal Revenue Service scrutiny of tea party groups trying to get tax-exempt status, often with laughable applications that evidenced their noncompliance!). Occupying this anti-hero space is good business; it helps someone sell books, get paid speaking gigs, that type of thing. (As another example, some people have gotten very rich hawking books about President Obama's alleged foreign birthplace.)
Maybe, just maybe, it is that pursuit of financial success which is driving D'Souza's apparent arrogance. But what does that say when a supposed veteran leader of the conservative journalistic corps is willing to publicly flaunt his crime -- yes, D'Souza has admitted to federal felonies -- in order to advance his career?
From this corner, it appears the movement for which D'Souza claims to speak is actually tarnished and degraded by his actions, statements and association.
Some genuine contrition would go a lot way and make D'Souza look much more credible and -- and this needs to be written -- would make him look more like a mature adult.
Whether that is as profitable as milking victim status -- like so many left-wingers D'Souza claims to oppose -- is a valid question.
Maybe D'Souza is just all about trying to play the rubes, the Tea Party folk, the unsophisticates who don't live within 50-100 miles of a major urban center, for fools and dupes who will dependably buy his books, pay to attend his speeches and treat him as some brave patriot.
Unfortunately, there are too many gullible, impressionable room-temperature IQ types who are prone to using someone like D'Souza as the moral authority with which to disregard (i.e., break) the laws just because they disagree with the current Administration. Belief that one is allowed to nullify laws which one believes (often without any basis whatsoever, but why sweat the details?) to be unjust, unfair or inconsistently enforced is a sure recipe for someone to get in major legal trouble.
Then again, it was Karl Marx who wrote about the 'useful idiots.'
Let's hope this disgraced filmmaker-commentator isn't playing his customers for fools.