I believe that the technical term for this is Mawreen Haz A Sad:
When you [Maureen is talking directly at* President Barack Obama -ML] hate being criticized, it’s hard to take a giant steaming plate of “you stink” every day, coming from all sides. But you convey the sense that any difference on substance is lèse-majesté.
You simply proclaim what you believe as though you know it to be absolutely true, hoping we recognize the truth of it, and, if we don’t, then we’ve disappointed you again.
Even some of the chatterers who used to be in your corner now make derogatory remarks about your manhood.
Continue reading Maureen Dowd most amusingly turns on Barack Obama. Just a *bit*.
This is an interesting Maureen Dowd piece: there’s a good bit less teeth-gritting going on than I expected.
Senator Claire McCaskill told Andrea Mitchell that she found [Senator Rand] Paul’s comments [about Bill Clinton] “infuriating,” and that he was just “grasping,” trying to show he could be tough in a bid to win the presidential nomination.
But back when McCaskill, now on Team Clinton, was trying to crush Team Clinton and get Barack Obama elected, she said this about Bill: “He’s been a great leader, but I don’t want my daughter near him.”
Paul brought that up with me, suggesting that if McCaskill were being honest and not partisan, she would still be worried about having her daughter around Bill and that maybe there’s a double standard for the famous.
Continue reading Maureen Dowd: Yeah, OK, Rand Paul is onto something here with regard to Bill Clinton.
I can’t say that the rest of the article is all that interesting – Maureen Dowd seems to be under the impression both that her side won the recent shutdown (debatable), and that it’s surprising that Barack Obama isn’t going to do anything about it (laughable) – but this is new data for me:
When [Barack Obama] first saw the White House movie theater, he was surprised there were so many seats beyond what the first family would need.
That is the man, to a T. It’s also one major reason why it’s debatable to say that Obama’s side ‘won’ the recent shutdown. Contra Dowd and Valerie Jarrett, President Obama is not particularly impressive as either a thinker or an advocate; and while being easily bored is indeed a sign of genius, it is also a sign of dullness. I’ve been hearing for years about how brilliant this guy is; you’d think that I’d have seen evidence of it by now.
Maureen Dowd… you know, I’m going to be better than what I was tempted to be and simply note that this is an entertaining column* from her:
Why is it that America’s roil family always seems better in abstract than in concrete? The closer it gets to running the world once more, the more you are reminded of all the things that bugged you the last time around.
The Clintons’ neediness, their sense of what they are owed in material terms for their public service, their assumption that they’re entitled to everyone’s money.
Are we about to put the “For Rent” sign back on the Lincoln Bedroom?
Continue reading Maureen Dowd smacks around the Clintons for a while. No, I’m not making a funny.
…Sorry about that.
Anyway: just how bad is it for the Obama administration right now?
The conservatives appearing on Benghazi-obsessed Fox News are a damage patrol with an approach that goes like this: “Lies, paranoia, subpoena, impeach, Watergate, Iran-contra.”
(Though now that the I.R.S. has confessed to targeting Tea Party groups, maybe some of the paranoia is justified.)
…Never mind the sneer in the first sentence; look at the rueful admission in the second. If Maureen Dowd is acting like this, then the situation is dire for the White House.
(H/T: Legal Insurrection)
I’ve been meaning to highlight this passage from Walter Russell Mead…
One interesting thing about Ms. Dowd’s description of “hardball” political tactics is just how dainty and genteel her brass knuckle suggestions actually are. A speech, an appeal to reason: there is nothing here about lucrative contracts for political supporters, promises of sinecure jobs for politicians who lose their seats, a “blank check” for administrative backing on some obscure tax loophole that a particular politician could award to a favored client; there’s not even a delicate hint about grand jury investigations that can be stopped in their tracks or compromising photographs or wiretaps that need never see the light of day. Far be it from Ms Dowd to speak of or even hint at the kind of strategy that actual politicians think about when words like ‘hardball’ come to mind. Ms Dowd speaks of brass knuckles and then shows us a doily; at some level it speaks well of Ms. Dowd as a human being that even when she tries she seems unable to come up with an offer someone can’t refuse.
…largely to note that this is. perhaps, why I feel kind of sorry for MoDo, some days. The woman’s just not suited for our modern punditocracy, which rewards people (particularly people on the Left) for their lack of scruples. And I think that on some level she gets that.
But I only feel kind of sorry, because after all I am myself part of the problem.
And – contra your rather bitter apologetic for him – Barack Obama did his level best to use his bully pulpit to BE a bully.
Just one problem: this is The United States of America. We know how to deal with bullies.
Latest example here: Maureen Dowd, of course. Anyway, the sentence?
…And that’s why I won’t vote for Obama this time.
It doesn’t matter how angry a liberal is, how betrayed, and/or how aggrieved. If a liberal is all of those things and still pulls the lever for Barack Obama, then Obama doesn’t really care – and he probably shouldn’t, either. Why waste the emotional energy involved?
Let’s just say that it takes a special kind of… outlook on life… to write an article like this. To summarize: Obama had a horrible week; he’s flailing about and reacting to events, and that badly; he can’t connect with the American people, the country*, and even himself; AND NONE OF IT IS HIS FAULT SO YOU JUST SHUT UP ABOUT OBAMA YOU HATERS YOU JUST SHUT UP ESPECIALLY YOU YOU STUPID MITT STUPID ROMNEY YOU JUST SHUT UP NOW AND LEAVE OBAMA ALONE.
That last bit may be me just interpreting the subtext coming from Maureen Dowd. It takes skill to complain about a President’s screw-ups without once actually truly blaming the President making them, but MoDo’s up to the challenge.
*I may be anthropomorphizing there by making the distinction. I’m aware that it looks weird; it actually looks a little weird to me. But it still somehow rings a little true.
Dear God, the last thing that I need to read in the morning is Maureen Dowd referencing Lovecraft:
The influential horror writer H. P. Lovecraft knew better than to be too literal in his description of monsters.
In the short story “The Outsider,” Lovecraft’s narrator offers a description that matches how some alarmed Democrats view Tea Partiers: “I cannot even hint what it was like, for it was a compound of all that is unclean, uncanny, unwelcome, abnormal and detestable. It was the ghoulish shade of decay, antiquity and desolation; the putrid, dripping eidolon of unwholesome revelation; the awful baring of that which the merciful earth should always hide. God knows it was not of this world.”
Aside from everything else, that’s a faintly silly choice of Lovecraft stories to reference. To quote Ken Hite… quoting HPL: Continue reading WHO LET MODO GET INTO THE HPL STASH?