Ten years ago I thought Maureen Dowd was clever and funny. Now I think she’s clever and sad. Ten years ago she mocked Al Gore mercilessly calling him the Ozone Man, the “a pol who can’t even carry his own home state…”the guy who invented the Internet”. After debates it was
A rooster-chested Al Gore, making up for his prissy sighs by trying to bear down in an intimidating way on W.
Ever conscious of scandal she noted that
Al Gore has said he would consider putting a 24-hour-a-day Webcam, or Alcam, in the Oval Office. Tipper, of course, immediately intimated to friends, with her sly, our-love-life-is-groovy smile, that there would be times when that Webcam would have to be turned off.
And, ever concisous that there are no real issues or real differences between “pols”, she observed that
The national race may be decided by a kiss. Al Gore’s convention smooch won the hearts of all those female voters who had been playing hard to get.
Of course, she mocks all politicians, but here’s the deal. We now know there was big BIG difference between W and Gore—trillions of dollars, thousand and thousands of lives, the historic direction of our country—was at stake. Yet Dowd trivialized it all. And still does. via Glenn Greenwald, here are some snippets from her column today—-on Senator Clinton and her competitors:
The debate dominatrix knows how to rattle Obambi. . . . Mistress Hillary started disciplining her fellow senator last winter, after he began exploring a presidential bid. . . . She has continued to flick the whip in debates. . . .
With so much at stake, she had to do it again in Vegas, this time using her voice, gaze and body language to such punishing effect that Obama looked as if he had been brought to heel. . . .
Other guys, like Rudy, wouldn’t even be looking for a chance to greet Hillary, as Obama always does. Other guys, like Rudy, wouldn’t care if she iced them. . . . Obama may be responsive to Hillary’s moods because he lives with another strong woman who knows how to keep him in line. . . . She is a control freak — that’s why her campaign tried to coach wonky Iowa voters to ask wonky questions — and her male rivals are letting her take control. . . .
If Rudy’s the nominee, he will go with relish to all the vulnerable places in Hillary’s past. . . . Hillary has her work cut out for her. Rudy will not be so easy to spank.
It’s just embarrassing that the NY Times continues to publish this trivial twittering when the stakes are so high.