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Blood Is Thicker Than Gravy (Dowd alert)
The New York Times ^ | 11/28/04 | Maureen Dowd

Posted on 11/27/2004 2:30:55 PM PST by Pokey78

WASHINGTON — I've been surprised, out on the road, how often I get asked about my family. They're beyond red - more like crimson. My sister flew to West Virginia in October to work a phone bank for W.

People often wonder what our Thanksgiving is like.

It's lovely - if you enjoy hearing about how brilliant Ann Coulter is, how misguided The New York Times's editorial page is, and how valiant the president is as he tries to stop America's slide into paganism.

This year, my brothers were on the warpath about news reports that Maryland public schools did not teach about Thanksgiving from a religious perspective. "Who do they think the Pilgrims thanked?" demanded Martin. "God."

There are moments - when my brothers are sharing some snarky thing Rush Limbaugh said about me, or the latest bon mot from Pat Buchanan, with whom they grew up - that I'm tempted to stuff my ears with my mom's potato stuffing, or go off and read a book by David Sedaris about normal family life.

People often ask me why President Bush inspires such passionate support. My brother Kevin, a salesman who lives in Montgomery County, Md., can answer that; here is a recent e-mail message, trimmed for space, he sent to friends:

"Ladies and Gentlemen,

Now, just as four years ago, I breathe a huge sigh of relief and rejoice in the common sense of the American voting public. Congratulations to President Bush for winning re-election in a poker game played with a stacked deck. No candidate, including Richard Nixon, ever had to endure the biased and unfair tactics of our major media in their attempt to influence the outcome of an election. ... He never complained, just systematically set about delivering the same consistent message. You may remember that four years ago, I felt physically ill watching the Democrats try to legislate their way to the presidency. ...

A very big thank you to Michael Moore, Susan Sarandon, Rob Reiner, Bill Maher, Barbra Streisand, Alec Baldwin, Al Franken and Jon Stewart for your involvement. You certainly energized the base. Now, please have the courage of your convictions and leave the country.

To Bob Shrum - Cut your fee.

To Mike McCurry, Joe Lockhart and Paul Begala - You don't seem quite as smart without a great candidate.

To The New York Times and The Washington Post - If Bush and Reagan were so stupid, how did they both go four for four in elections involving two of our biggest states and the presidency without your endorsement?

We do not live in a secular country. There are all sorts of people of faith that place moral values over personal freedoms. They are not all 'wacky evangelicals.' They are people who don't like Howard Stern piping a hard porn show over the airwaves and wrapping himself in the freedom of the First Amendment. They don't like being told that a young girl does not have to seek her mother's counsel about an abortion. They don't like seeing an eight-month-old fetus having his head punctured and his brains sucked out. They don't like being told the Pledge of Allegiance, a moment of silent prayer and the words 'under God' are offensive to an enlightened few so nobody should be allowed to use them. ... My wife and I picked our sons' schools based on three criteria: 1) moral values 2) discipline 3) religious maintenance - in that order. We have spent an obscene amount of money doing this and never regretted a penny. Last week on the news, I heard that the Montgomery County school board voted to include a class with a 10th-grade girl demonstrating how to put a condom on a cucumber and a study of the homosexual lifestyle. The vote was 6-0. I feel better about the money all the time.

To Dan Rather - Good luck in your retirement.

To Gavin Newsom - Thanks for all of the great shots of the San Francisco couples embracing their mates at City Hall in direct defiance of the law.

To P. Diddy - 'Vote or Die' might need a little work.

To John Edwards - Thanks for being there.

To my friends - only 1,460 days until the next election. Stay vigilant. The Democrats, CBS, the NY Times and the Post may think Hillary is the perfect antidote for all those 'stupid' voters out there.

Best regards, Kevin"


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: dowd; dowdy; dustywomb; elderlyschoolgirl; maureendowd; oldandsaggy; spinster; thanksgiving; zetajones
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1 posted on 11/27/2004 2:30:55 PM PST by Pokey78
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To: Pokey78
Do you think Maureen Dowd makes things up just so she can constantly whine?

If this is true, why does she think anyone cares?
2 posted on 11/27/2004 2:34:11 PM PST by xtinct (I was the next door neighbor kid's imaginary friend.)
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To: Pokey78; NYC Republican; Howlin; Nick Danger; Dog Gone; wardaddy

Maureen Dowd has witty, conservative siblings. Who knew?!

3 posted on 11/27/2004 2:35:33 PM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Pokey78

Look Mo, your brother Kevin got the brains, and you got the good lo ... [okay, maybe that line won't work].


4 posted on 11/27/2004 2:36:13 PM PST by Campion
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To: Pokey78
Good Man... You know the Catherine Rule.

As for Dowdy, I just hope she realizes that she shares her genetic potential with her siblings - and that perhaps her ideology is just a function of fetid osmosis rather than inspired breeding.

5 posted on 11/27/2004 2:37:21 PM PST by bikepacker67 ("This is the best election night in history." -- DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe 11/2/04 8pm)
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To: Pokey78
Wonderful to see her stew in a kettle filled with her own bile.

Even better to know her family is stoking the fire.

6 posted on 11/27/2004 2:37:33 PM PST by carlr
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To: Southack

This is great stuff. Imagine being related to that moron---what a disgrace. Three cheers for her siblings!


7 posted on 11/27/2004 2:38:01 PM PST by John Thornton ("Appeasers always hope that the crocodile will eat them last." Winston Churchill)
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To: Pokey78

She is so damn pathetic, her own family can't stand her and she is so devoid of dignity, she decides to tell everyone about it.


8 posted on 11/27/2004 2:38:07 PM PST by wagglebee (Memo to sKerry: the only thing Bush F'ed up was your career)
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To: Pokey78
People often wonder what our Thanksgiving is like. It's lovely - if you enjoy hearing about how brilliant Ann Coulter is, how misguided The New York Times's editorial page is, and how valiant the president is as he tries to stop America's slide into paganism.

Thank you, God. Picturing Maureen Dowd at a red-state family gathering makes my day.

9 posted on 11/27/2004 2:40:17 PM PST by kezekiel
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To: Pokey78

I'm a little surprised she wrote this column. Why? Her siblings do seem almost abnormaly normal.


10 posted on 11/27/2004 2:41:15 PM PST by guitarist (commonsense)
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To: Pokey78
Well we now know who brings the "whine" every year to the Dowd Family Thanksgiving Dinner.
11 posted on 11/27/2004 2:41:33 PM PST by Doctor Raoul ( ----- HERTZ: We're #1 ----- AVIS: We're #2 We Try Harder ----- CBS: We're #3 We LIE Harder)
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To: Pokey78

Dear Maureen:

Ann Coulter is smarter than you are.

Better looking, too.

And I'll bet she's more fun to be with on Thanksgiving.

Sincerely yours,

Cicero


12 posted on 11/27/2004 2:42:30 PM PST by Cicero (Nil illegitemus carborundum est)
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To: Pokey78
LOL

MoDo must have lost an election bet with her brothers and had to print Kevin's letter to pay off.

So9

13 posted on 11/27/2004 2:43:06 PM PST by Servant of the 9 (Trust Me)
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To: Pokey78
Sounds to me like they should give Dowd's brother a job writing for the New York Times instead of her. He's clearly got a lot more on the ball than she ever will.

Even for the rest of the family, it must cause them physical pain to see her asinine, vapid columns run in a major newspaper.

14 posted on 11/27/2004 2:43:21 PM PST by Steel Wolf ( Operation North Korean Freedom, anyone?)
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To: Pokey78

There IS a God! MoDo got herself a red state votin, gun totin', Ann Coulter lovin', NYT hatin', gay-bashin', (etc. etc.) family!


15 posted on 11/27/2004 2:44:16 PM PST by Theresawithanh (Snappy, witty, humerous tagline needed! Will pay in Marlboro Miles...)
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To: xtinct
Who knew MoDo was adopted? Further research shows she was given up by wolves who claimed she was "too socialist for the pack".
16 posted on 11/27/2004 2:44:19 PM PST by Doctor Raoul ( ----- HERTZ: We're #1 ----- AVIS: We're #2 We Try Harder ----- CBS: We're #3 We LIE Harder)
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To: Pokey78
I say we all go to Mo's bro's next Thanksgiving!
17 posted on 11/27/2004 2:44:35 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: xtinct
It's lovely - if you enjoy hearing about how brilliant Ann Coulter is, how misguided The New York Times's editorial page is, and how valiant the president is as he tries to stop America's slide into paganism.

That's the first thing out of the libs' mouths: W's faith.

18 posted on 11/27/2004 2:44:48 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: Steel Wolf

Wow...I think she is mocking her brothers letter...I personally think it is brilliant. Clearly she is delusional!


19 posted on 11/27/2004 2:45:00 PM PST by dutchess
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To: Southack
that I'm tempted to stuff my ears with my mom's potato stuffing, or go off and read a book by David Sedaris about normal family life.

I have never heard of Sedaris, but, if The Dowdy One likes him, I get an idea of what he considers a "normal family life."

20 posted on 11/27/2004 2:46:00 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: guitarist
I'm a little surprised she wrote this column. Why? Her siblings do seem almost abnormaly normal.

I initially felt the same way. Then I realized that she wanted sympathy from the Leftist masses for having to endure such incredibly stupid relatives. Imagine--they even believe in God! The poor, poor girl.

21 posted on 11/27/2004 2:46:07 PM PST by John Thornton ("Appeasers always hope that the crocodile will eat them last." Winston Churchill)
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To: Pokey78

Dowd the Delusional needs to resign from the Slimes and be replaced by her brother. It's obvious from his e-mail he could do better columns in an hour or so over the weekend than half baked Dowd could with a month long head start. Indeed, Kevin evidently got the brains in the family. I wonder who got the looks and personality? And, if this smug, bitter harpy was in my family, I'd rub her nose in it as often as possible, too.


22 posted on 11/27/2004 2:47:00 PM PST by JeeperFreeper
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To: John Thornton

I wonder if Maureen's brother is a FReeper? Any guesses on what his screen name would be?


23 posted on 11/27/2004 2:47:30 PM PST by John Thornton ("Appeasers always hope that the crocodile will eat them last." Winston Churchill)
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To: Pokey78

Wow! MoDo should turn her column over to her brother!!!!


24 posted on 11/27/2004 2:48:15 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: John Thornton
It's more like she wants everyone to know what a free thinker she is and how all of her thoughts are her own. She's such a rebel.
25 posted on 11/27/2004 2:49:36 PM PST by Gumption
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To: Pokey78
Ugh. Does anyone else think she tries too hard to come up with clever titles for these articles? And fails miserably every time.

I really think she aims to be the Coulter of the left.

with my mom's potato stuffing

WTF is potato stuffing? My guess, is she is 40 something years old and never even been in the kitchen. Never had anyone to cook for.

26 posted on 11/27/2004 2:50:04 PM PST by riri
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To: Rummyfan

Where to we sign the petition?


28 posted on 11/27/2004 2:51:15 PM PST by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton
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To: Paul Atreides

David Sedaris is a writer of humor. He's actually pretty funny but you have to overlook a lot: he's openly gay and lives with his boyfriend in France and used to do occasional commentaries on NPR. In his book ME TALK PRETTY ONE DAY, he described his mother's hobbies as 'smoking and napping'.


29 posted on 11/27/2004 2:52:27 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: Gumption
or go off and read a book by David Sedaris about normal family life.

"Those who have read any of David Sedaris' work at all know that he's openly and happily gay."

http://www.januarymagazine.com/profiles/sedaris.html

Now, how did I know that he is gay?

30 posted on 11/27/2004 2:52:40 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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I have never heard of Sedaris, but, if The Dowdy One likes him, I get an idea of what he considers a "normal family life."

David Sedaris is an author who often writes about his very bizarre family life. He's very funny, but very "blue state." His sister, Amy, is also hilarious -- she starred in "Strangers with Candy" on Comedy Central. Very weird but funny.

31 posted on 11/27/2004 2:52:47 PM PST by inkling
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To: Pokey78
"I'm tempted to stuff my ears with my mom's potato stuffing, or go off and read a book by David Sedaris about normal family life."

Yup, thats a liberal, potato stuffing in their ears and a dreams of a normal life.

32 posted on 11/27/2004 2:52:57 PM PST by Splatter
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To: Steel Wolf

Yes!!! Her brother Kevin rules!!!!!!!!

The guy's a great writer and should be working for the GOP. And the rest of her family sounds very normal. How could they possibly get along with her?


33 posted on 11/27/2004 2:53:01 PM PST by Joann37
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To: Rummyfan

Does The Dowdy One emulate any men who are straight?


34 posted on 11/27/2004 2:53:37 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: Cicero
Ann Coulter is smarter than you are. Better looking, too. And I'll bet she's more fun to be with on Thanksgiving.

You got that right!

35 posted on 11/27/2004 2:53:42 PM PST by wagglebee (Memo to sKerry: the only thing Bush F'ed up was your career)
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To: Pokey78

Maureen needs to trade in her battery operated lover for a Christian Conservative man whom will make her obey (of course also loves the Lord). That is her problem.


36 posted on 11/27/2004 2:54:05 PM PST by Outraged (specter (n.) - 1. A ghostly apparition; a phantom.)
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To: John Thornton
I wonder if Maureen's brother is a FReeper?

*snicker* I wondered that too.

If he is we will never know. There are some family skeletons that you pray never come out of the closet.

37 posted on 11/27/2004 2:54:19 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (The future is all around us, waiting in moments of transition, to be born in moments of revelation.)
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To: Pokey78
It's lovely - if you enjoy hearing about how brilliant Ann Coulter is, how misguided The New York Times's editorial page is, and how valiant the President is as he tries to stop America's slide into paganism.

O, so it IS lovely.

38 posted on 11/27/2004 2:54:29 PM PST by Petronski (One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble, not much between despair and ecstasy.)
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To: Steel Wolf
Even for the rest of the family, it must cause them physical pain to see her asinine, vapid columns run in a major newspaper.

I thought she wrote for the NY Times.

39 posted on 11/27/2004 2:55:33 PM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree
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To: Pokey78
...a book by David Sedaris about normal family life.

No such thing, even if she meant it ironically.

40 posted on 11/27/2004 2:55:36 PM PST by Petronski (One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble, not much between despair and ecstasy.)
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To: Pokey78

Looks like Kevin Dowd got the smarts in the family - think the Times will dump Mo for him?

Good to hear from you Pokey - long time and no Mark Steyn pings!


41 posted on 11/27/2004 2:55:57 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: wagglebee

Isn't it funny how, in The Dowdy One's world, a woman is allowed to be outspoken and strong only if she holds The Dowdy One's point of view.


42 posted on 11/27/2004 2:56:00 PM PST by Paul Atreides
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To: dutchess

Over ripe fruit...


43 posted on 11/27/2004 2:56:59 PM PST by BIGLOOK (I once opposed keelhauling but have recently come to my senses.)
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To: Steel Wolf
I was thinking exactly the same thing - replace Maureen with brother.

I might even subscribe to the NYT.

Well, .... actually, ... naaaaaahhhhh.

44 posted on 11/27/2004 2:57:04 PM PST by jporcus
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To: Pokey78
NEWS ALERT!!!!

Inadvertent letter of truth finds its way into the NYT. Think about it, this is the first time that the existence of the actual conservative view point has appeared in the NYT. They must be coming unraveled.
45 posted on 11/27/2004 2:57:14 PM PST by SampleMan ("Yes I am drunk, very drunk. But you madam are ugly, and tomorrow morning I shall be sober." WSC)
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To: John Thornton

Mo Do's Bro


46 posted on 11/27/2004 2:57:46 PM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree
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To: xtinct

Dowd's NYT readers will commisserate with her. They, too, probably have knuckle-dragging relatives or acquaintances. This will give her great credibility as she writes about the red staters. This is like having written about having encountered a mountain lion and survived.


47 posted on 11/27/2004 3:00:58 PM PST by Another Thought
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To: Pokey78

Poor Mo. Perhaps if you shared some of your brother's values you'd be a happily married woman writing witty columns people would actually enjoy.


48 posted on 11/27/2004 3:01:47 PM PST by McGavin999 (George Soros just learned a very expensive lesson-America can't be bought.)
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To: Pokey78

I've got the opposite problem in my family. I am the only Republican blood relative in a family of Massachusetts born and bred Kennedy liberals.

Get over it Dowdy. Your whining is a joke, just like you.


49 posted on 11/27/2004 3:02:31 PM PST by dansangel (Thank you Veterans past and present!)
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To: Pokey78

Will Moron Dud ever stop whining?


50 posted on 11/27/2004 3:04:07 PM PST by West Coast Conservative
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