Skip to comments.Blood Is Thicker Than Gravy (Dowd alert)
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"
Maureen Dowd has witty, conservative siblings. Who knew?!
Look Mo, your brother Kevin got the brains, and you got the good lo ... [okay, maybe that line won't work].
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.
Even better to know her family is stoking the fire.
This is great stuff. Imagine being related to that moron---what a disgrace. Three cheers for her siblings!
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.
Thank you, God. Picturing Maureen Dowd at a red-state family gathering makes my day.
I'm a little surprised she wrote this column. Why? Her siblings do seem almost abnormaly normal.
Ann Coulter is smarter than you are.
Better looking, too.
And I'll bet she's more fun to be with on Thanksgiving.
MoDo must have lost an election bet with her brothers and had to print Kevin's letter to pay off.
Even for the rest of the family, it must cause them physical pain to see her asinine, vapid columns run in a major newspaper.
There IS a God! MoDo got herself a red state votin, gun totin', Ann Coulter lovin', NYT hatin', gay-bashin', (etc. etc.) family!
That's the first thing out of the libs' mouths: W's faith.
Wow...I think she is mocking her brothers letter...I personally think it is brilliant. Clearly she is delusional!
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."
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.
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.
I wonder if Maureen's brother is a FReeper? Any guesses on what his screen name would be?
Wow! MoDo should turn her column over to her brother!!!!
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.
Where to we sign the petition?
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'.
"Those who have read any of David Sedaris' work at all know that he's openly and happily gay."
Now, how did I know that he is gay?
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.
Yup, thats a liberal, potato stuffing in their ears and a dreams of a normal life.
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?
Does The Dowdy One emulate any men who are straight?
You got that right!
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.
*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.
O, so it IS lovely.
I thought she wrote for the NY Times.
No such thing, even if she meant it ironically.
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!
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.
Over ripe fruit...
I might even subscribe to the NYT.
Well, .... actually, ... naaaaaahhhhh.
Mo Do's Bro
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.
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.
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.
Will Moron Dud ever stop whining?