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In a mysterious turn of events, Ben Stein, of all people, wrote an article in The American Spectator, aptly titled "Presumed Innocent, Anyone?" The article defended Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the IMF, who was arrested for sexually assaulting a maid in his hotel room. Pretty dicey move, Ben Stein.
The article, I believe, did less to convince people of Strauss-Kahn's innocence and more to make Ben Stein look like a misogynistic idiot. Here are some of his better arguments:
"If he is such a womanizer and violent guy with women, why didn't he ever get charged until now?"
To this, all I can say is maybe I should just be a lawyer too. It's so easy!
"In life, events tend to follow patterns. People who commit crimes tend to be criminals, for example. Is it likely that just by chance this hotel maid found the only one in this category? Maybe Mr. Strauss-Kahn is guilty but if so, he is one of a kind, and criminals are not usually one of a kind."
Besides the total nonsense of Stein's argument here, I enjoy the implication that the maid found him, thus she should be charged with rape! The rape of herself!
"The prosecutors say that Mr. Strauss-Kahn 'forced' the complainant to have oral and other sex with him. How? Did he have a gun? Did he have a knife? He's a short fat old man."
"People accuse other people of crimes all of the time. What do we know about the complainant besides that she is a hotel maid? I love and admire hotel maids. 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."
I can't believe they let this guy write speeches for presidents.