Who’s to blame for Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s rape charges? The poor, the maids or the Jews?

The wingnut smear machine approaches peak stench vortex. Someone who is so pro-business, capable of destroying poor third world countries with a wave of his hand, has got to be a terrific guy.

The pushback against the damaging, disgusting, baseless accusations that IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexually assaulted a maid zeroes in on convenient targets. Actor, Nixon employee and wingnut dullard Ben Stein does his part:

In what possible way is the price of the hotel room relevant except in every way: this is a case about the hatred of the have-nots for the haves, and that’s what it’s all about. A man pays $3,000 a night for a hotel room? He’s got to be guilty of something. Bring out the guillotine.

You can imagine the destitute and homeless spying upon the ultra-ritzy Sofitel hotel. Once someone has the gall to check into the place’s priciest suite, they send up one of their operatives (a “maid”) to forcibly fellate the guy. That is entirely likely.

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. How do we know that this woman’s word was good enough to put Mr. Strauss-Kahn straight into a horrific jail?

No doubt she’s a fine woman, but she could be a criminal lunatic. Could be a double agent, working to both clean and dirty the rooms. Might slyly sanitize things both for your protection, and to try to kill you. These are all entirely and simultaneously possible.

Super-French philosopher genius Bernard-Henri Levy throws in his two Francs:

I do not know—but, on the other hand, it would be nice to know, and without delay—how a chambermaid could have walked in alone, contrary to the habitual practice of most of New York’s grand hotels of sending a “cleaning brigade” of two people, into the room of one of the most closely watched figures on the planet.

. . it’s so simple. The insurgent housecleaning staff subdued Strauss-Kahn’s cleaning crew and locked them in the trunk of a waiting linen hamper. Mmmphphmmph. Meanwhile, climbing up the dumbwaiter was their most dangerous agent . . DOUBLE-O-LIMPIAR (licensed to debase herself). In the matter of, oh, two minutes, the operation was over. He had ejaculated on her uniform, and she had been spirited off by hovercraft to an Interpol station.

You know, all this tingly detective work reminds me that some of the usual villains are missing from the plot. How about the Jews?

Fear not, fans of predictable suspense — Power Line blog to comes to the rescue:

Comedian Robert Klein captures something of the pride and insecurity of the Jewish people with a bit that seems to erupt from his subconscious. In his most recent HBO special he advises the audience: “Bernie Madoff — not Jewish. I hear he’s really Episcopalian. Jack Abramoff, not Jewish. Sully Sullenberger is Jewish. I know his family, from Boston. They’re herring merchants.”

I thought of Klein’s list yesterday. Now he can update it with the addition of IMF Managing Director and accused rapist Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Dominique Strauss-Kahn — not Jewish. Hey, his name is Dominique.

Heh, oops. It was in New York, after all.

ADD: Reuter’s Felix Salmon routs Ben Stein with Ben Stein’s commentary.