Donny Deutsch’s 2005 Book Included Some Lines About How ‘Carnal Guys … Are Better People’

By Patrick Coffee 

Donny Deutsch wrote some stuff about men and women in the workplace in his 2005 book that he will likely regret, and The Washington Free Beacon chose to call him out on it as someone who now works for MSNBC.

A post that ran on the conservative blog last Friday includes several quotes from the former Deutsch leader’s “Often Wrong, Never In Doubt,” and they are just not good.

For example, here’s Donny on the Deutsch offices during his tenure:

“I don’t think there’s been a day in my business career when there hasn’t been some woman at work that I fantasized about. People come by the office, look around and say, ‘Boy, the men and women at Deutsch are very physically attractive.’ Now obviously we hire supremely competent and talented people, but the idea of some woman that I’m excited to see or flirt with or even just think about stimulates me in business.”

On powerful men sleeping around:

“The question ‘How is this going to get me into the sack’ goes deep to the heart of all impulse to action. I truly believe that’s why men accumulate power. I also believe it’s the carnal guys who are better people and use their power to better ends.”

And again:

“We acted shocked when we find that throughout history, men in power have been womanizers: FDR, Eisenhower, JFK, Bill Clinton. I would argue that this goes hand in hand with the personality type. Why do we expect men who are conquerors to stop conquering when it comes to women? If in ancient times you were conquering new worlds, or in the modern era you are buying up companies, why would that impulse go away? It’s more surprising when things don’t work out that way.”

Deutsch also took a moment in the book to praise Donald Trump and talk about his “buddy” Harvey Weinstein.

All of these block quotes are both indefensible and completely unsurprising. And Free Beacon only cares about Donny because he now makes his living as a left-of-center talking head, as per this key line:

In 2005, Deutsch praised Bill Clinton and other Democratic presidents who were known philanderers. On Friday, the Morning Joe panel called Clinton a “predator” who sexually harassed Monica Lewinsky. Clinton has also been accused of rape and other sexual misconduct with women.

Why are people listening to his opinions on politics, again? Serious question.