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Maureen Dowd Blows Her Cool
Townhhall.com ^ | April 14, 2012 | Brian Birdnow

Posted on 04/14/2012 10:01:54 AM PDT by Kaslin

Maureen Dowd is a woman of many talents. She is, of course, a New York Times featured columnist, a Pulitzer Prize winning commentator, and the liberals acknowledged Queen of Snark. Ms. Dowd has also completely blown a gasket, if her column of last week (April 5th) is any indication of her psychological-emotional state.

In her column of last week entitled, Men In Black, Maureen employs language and phraseology that her fellow liberals would quickly label “hate speech” if it were uttered by their foes. Ms. Dowd assails the Supreme Court in the most personal and vitriolic terms for their unmitigated gall in considering the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act of 2010, also known as “Obamacare”. She refers to the Roberts Court as “…the most divisive in human history” (She obviously has no memory of Earl Warren & his cohorts) and derides the current court as “…hacks dressed up in black robes.” In the third paragraph of her piece Ms. Dowd tips her hand and shows that she resents the court taking a critical look at Obamacare, through a conservative lens, and she is, accordingly, blowing her stack.

She begins her attack thusly, “All the fancy diplomas of the conservative majority cannot disguise the fact that its reasoning…seems shaped more by a political handbook, than a legal brief.” It is odd that Ms. Dowd never applied the same standard to a liberal hero like Thurgood Marshall, who readily admitted that his liberal political ideology guided his judicial rulings, and that statutory law was only a secondary concern.

But, no matter! Maureen moves on to chastise the individual justices in very personal, ad hominem attacks. She begins by repeating the old reliable liberal chestnut, “In 2000 the Republican majority…helped to purloin the election for W.” (Bush) This “big lie” about the 2000 election has been repeated so often that all liberals believe it, thereby illustrating PT Barnum’s famous maxim about suckers being born every minute.

Ms. Dowd then moves on to attack the individual justices, and she singles out Justice Antonin Scalia for special abuse. “If he’s so brilliant, why is he drawing a risible parallel between buying health care and buying broccoli.” There is more: “…Scalia voted to bypass that little thing called democracy and crown W. President.” Finally, she chirps “Still, it was stunning to hear Antonin Scalia talking like a Senate Whip last week during oral arguments last week on the health care law.”

After chewing out Scalia, Ms. Dowd turned her sights on John Roberts, the genial Chief Justice of the court. According to Maureen, “John Roberts benign beige facade is deceiving; he’s a crimson partisan, simply more cloaked than the ideologically rigid and venomous Scalia.” She offers no evidence or support for this assertion; if Maureen Dowd says it then it must be true.

Lady Maureen then moves on to Clarence Thomas, a justice she clearly dislikes. She rages at Thomas for asking no questions during the oral arguments, describing him as “Inexplicably mute…Clarence Thomas didn’t ask a single question during oral arguments for one of the biggest cases in the court’s history.” She also throws in the gratuitous insult that, “…he (Thomas) lied his way on to the court.” Whereas Ms. Dowd sees evidence of slow wit in Justice Thomas’ silence during oral arguments, many court observers consider Thomas to be circumspect and reflective. He would rather listen to others than to hear himself talk. Isn’t this the type of sobriety that we can reasonably expect from judges?

Ms. Dowd finishes her skewering of the conservative wing of the court by dismissing Sam Alito as “insufferable.” She goes on to lament that “the dream” of universal health care could die at the hands of a Kennedy, in this case Justice Anthony Kennedy, who might very well prove the decisive vote on Obamacare.

The evidence that Maureen Dowd is suffering a mental meltdown is evident in the fact that her column is chock full of random references to supposed outrages perpetrated on the country by the Republican Party, but she offers no context, and fails to note that these outrages have nothing whatsoever to do with the subject of her column, which is the Supreme Court and Obamacare. Let us examine a partial laundry list of Maureen’s complaints: The 2000 election, the Iraq invasion, Hurricane Katrina, the 2010 election, the Citizens United decision, the “shameful” Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings, among other things. None of these alleged misdeeds has any relation to the current issue at hand; they simply serve as mud pies for Ms. Dowd to lob at the opposition. This is the rhetorical equivalent of a playground taunt, along the lines of, “Oh yeah…well so’s your old man” but Maureen Dowd won a Pulitzer Prize.

She finishes with a flourish: “But it isn’t conservative to overturn a major law passed by Congress in the middle of an election. The majority’s political motives are as naked as a strip-search.” One doesn’t remember Maureen screaming in anger about Iran-Contra prosecutor Lawrence Walsh announcing indictments against Reagan Administration figures four days before the 1992 election. In any event, it isn’t reasoned discourse to engage in blatantly partisan personal attacks which center directly on the character of the men chosen as targets. Ms. Dowd, like many liberals has bemoaned the vitriolic nature of our politics, and has compared the current American political scene to that of the Third French Republic. But, who is really venomous and poisoned here? Maureen Dowd is losing her marbles!


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: dementalillness; doublestandard; dowd; justicescalia; leftwinglunatic; mandatorybarfalert; maureendowd; mba; modo; obamacare; scotus
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1 posted on 04/14/2012 10:02:08 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Bump!


2 posted on 04/14/2012 10:03:49 AM PDT by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Dowd must desperately need to get laid to be this unhinged IMO.


3 posted on 04/14/2012 10:05:49 AM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Kaslin

What’s the connection with MD and KZJ?


4 posted on 04/14/2012 10:08:27 AM PDT by Baynative (Please check this out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFIcZkEzc8I)
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To: Kaslin

If only I could be THAT sweater!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YOW!!!!


5 posted on 04/14/2012 10:08:38 AM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: A CA Guy

she needs to meet BOB.


6 posted on 04/14/2012 10:08:38 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Kaslin
Bipolar

7 posted on 04/14/2012 10:08:43 AM PDT by y6162
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To: Kaslin

If only I could be THAT sweater!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YOW!!!!


8 posted on 04/14/2012 10:09:11 AM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: Kaslin

Unfortunately she is morphing into Helen Thomas as she ages!


9 posted on 04/14/2012 10:12:50 AM PDT by RightWingConspirator (Obamanation--the most corrupt regime since Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe)
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To: Kaslin; A CA Guy

Good article too. :-)

MoDo threw a genuine tantrum, she’s definitely unhinged.


10 posted on 04/14/2012 10:12:57 AM PDT by jazusamo (Character assassination is just another form of voter fraud: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Baynative

She was dumped for KZJ. Starting her rampant alcoholism. (See Mo, I can play too.)


11 posted on 04/14/2012 10:13:04 AM PDT by Illuminatas (Obama - Dumber Than Bush!)
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To: A CA Guy
That, or it's the ravages of daytime drinking.
12 posted on 04/14/2012 10:13:13 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Kaslin

Why would Birdnow even read her trash in the first place?


13 posted on 04/14/2012 10:13:43 AM PDT by detch
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To: Kaslin
But, who is really venomous and poisoned here? Maureen Dowd is losing her marbles!

LOSING? Never had them.

Communist, wrinkly little can't-keep-a-man.

14 posted on 04/14/2012 10:13:48 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Shut up and drill.)
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To: Kaslin

Why would Birdnow even read her trash in the first place?


15 posted on 04/14/2012 10:13:51 AM PDT by detch
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To: Baynative

Dowd dated Michael Douglass and lost out to that lovely young lady.


16 posted on 04/14/2012 10:14:02 AM PDT by netmilsmom (I am Breitbart)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks for the bump, jaz


17 posted on 04/14/2012 10:14:27 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: A CA Guy

Unfortunately, there are precious little bachelors who are old enough to want a hagged-out, bottle redhead who struggles to keep her looks together. That, plus the fact that they need to understand her vajayjay problems through the virture of a degree in “Bitter Women’s Studies” even further diminishes the supply of potentials.

Methinks these days she’s toying with the idea of a flannel-shirted dyke with a short haircut....Hey! Rachel Madcow isn’t hooked up yet, has she?


18 posted on 04/14/2012 10:15:14 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Baynative

IIRC, Catherine Zeta-Jones snaked away MoDo’s main squeeze.

The latter has been bitter & b!tchy ever since.

The former just goes on being beautiful.


19 posted on 04/14/2012 10:15:59 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: Kaslin

Ah!!!! IIRC, she was one of Benny Hills Angels at one point...


20 posted on 04/14/2012 10:16:15 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Kaslin
I'm still on the edge as to the veracity of this one...


21 posted on 04/14/2012 10:17:20 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Kaslin
Maureen Dowd has a Boyfriend named “Cool”?
22 posted on 04/14/2012 10:18:22 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: Kaslin
“All the fancy diplomas of the conservative majority cannot disguise the fact that its reasoning…seems shaped more by a political handbook, than a legal brief.”

Thank God liberal Supreme Court justices have never let politics color their rulings, eh, Ms. Dowd?


23 posted on 04/14/2012 10:18:33 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (2012 isn't an election - it's a restraining order.)
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To: Kaslin
Maureen, relaxing at home after writing that schlock:


24 posted on 04/14/2012 10:19:18 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: A CA Guy
Dowd must desperately need to get laid to be this unhinged IMO.

Will no conservative man take one for the team?

25 posted on 04/14/2012 10:19:25 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1180 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Kaslin

I hereby invoke the “obama Rule.” It says, “You can’t attack obama because he is black and that it racist.”

I invoke it in the name of Clarence Thomas. To attack him is racist.

And don’t try to invoke the “lib Rule” that says libs can’t be racists. That was repealed by obama on inauguration day. You can look it up when you calm down.

Thanks for writing the column so we get to see that excellent CZJ pic.


26 posted on 04/14/2012 10:20:10 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Please do keep posting it until you are sure.


27 posted on 04/14/2012 10:22:55 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1180 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Kaslin

Saying Mo had a brain meltdown is assuming she has a brain to melt down in the first place. Any so-called pundit, like Dowd is supposed to be, who doesn’t take into consideration the constitution of the U.S. in legal matters is by definition incompetent and a fool. But that’s virtually all liberals. Name me one liberal who when considering some matter of great legal import asks whether the constitution applies? There aren’t any. They all think of some wacky liberal idea and declare it should be enacted without once thinking it might be unconstitutional. “Hey, everybody should have a 10 room house, two cars, and five tv sets. Let’s pass a law so everybody can have that.” Dopes, the lot of them. Dowd might be the biggest dope of them all.


28 posted on 04/14/2012 10:23:22 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Kaslin

It figures that the only straight guy left at the NYT is named ‘Her Cool’.


29 posted on 04/14/2012 10:23:22 AM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm
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To: Kaslin

Needs a new headline, using some of the same words.

“Maureen Dowd Blows.”

There ya go.


30 posted on 04/14/2012 10:33:27 AM PDT by redpoll
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To: Kaslin

Another of Mo’s bitter, bourbon-fuelled screeds which betray a breathtaking case of penis-envy.


31 posted on 04/14/2012 10:36:02 AM PDT by paddles ("The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates." Tacitus)
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To: Kaslin

Why are the last two words in the headline required?


32 posted on 04/14/2012 10:37:45 AM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Romney ruined Massachusetts. Now he wants to ruin the nation.)
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To: Kaslin

She is (pick one):
1. In need of a drink
2. In need of a man
3. In need of a tampax
4. In need of her medications
5. In need of (fill in the blank)


33 posted on 04/14/2012 10:40:24 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: Kaslin

Maureen Dowd had cool to lose?


34 posted on 04/14/2012 10:42:56 AM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....The days are long, but the years are short.....)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

Well said !!


35 posted on 04/14/2012 10:45:34 AM PDT by Pedrobud
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To: Kaslin
Who cares what Dowd has to say about anything?

I'm only here for the photos.

36 posted on 04/14/2012 10:49:16 AM PDT by sjmjax (Politicans are like bananas - they start out green, turn yellow, then rot.)
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To: null and void

Laz wouldn’t even think about it.


37 posted on 04/14/2012 10:49:26 AM PDT by Springman (Rest In Peace YaYa123, Bahbah, and Just Lori.)
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To: Kickass Conservative
Maureen Dowd has a Boyfriend named “Cool”?

More like "Duracell."

38 posted on 04/14/2012 10:51:29 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: A CA Guy

I strongly suspect that Kagan and Sotomayor leaked the results of the vote on ObamaCare and the left does not like it. This would be more evidence of that.

Honestly, this level of bitchiness is not intended to somehow sway any votes. It’s more of a temper tantrum over a fait accompli.


39 posted on 04/14/2012 10:54:15 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Not Romney - Not ever!)
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To: New Jersey Realist

You missed one:

In very bad need of a good old fashioned over the knee spanking.

There, fix it.


40 posted on 04/14/2012 10:55:25 AM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslimze, my handle is a Hate Crime. Hope you don't like it.)
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To: Kaslin

I’d hit that a few times!


41 posted on 04/14/2012 10:55:51 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Baynative; Kaslin; Miss Marple

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Explanation of the Dowd/Douglas connection: by Miss Marple- 2/11/03

Ms. Dowd was escorted around New York and DC for many months by one Michael Douglas of Hollywood fame and fortune. She got to go to all the best parties, was photographed for the tabloids, and was picking out a gown to wear at the Oscars. Of course, Michael had become interested in her during Clinton’s impeachment, when she had written some very anti-Clinton columns. After a few weeks of the Michael treatment, she began to write anti-Starr, ant-Newt columns, ignoring Clinton.

Then Clinton was acquitted by the Senate. In an amazing coincidence, Michael Douglas dropped Ms. Dowd like a hot potato, and instead picked up a hot tomato, Catherin Zeta-Jones, who subsequently bore him a son and they were married.

Ms. Dowd cannot get over her tragic loss. Her columns are increasingly anti-Bush, in the hope of impressing her lost love, Michael.

In addition, we think she has a secret crush on the President [Bush] and is trying to get him to pay attention to her. Ha!
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42 posted on 04/14/2012 11:01:00 AM PDT by ShorelineMike (Constituo, ergo sum.)
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To: Kaslin
that's some great eye Wash.. shall save for
any (future) Helen Thomas photo/incident.

43 posted on 04/14/2012 11:05:35 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (the DNC/RNC = D.C. Establishment...old Brazilians saying: $AME 'OL $H!T, D!FFERENT FL!E$. :^)
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To: Baynative

You have to ask other freepers who can tell you


44 posted on 04/14/2012 11:10:44 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: ShorelineMike
"Ms. Dowd cannot get over her tragic loss. Her columns are increasingly anti-Bush, in the hope of impressing her lost love, Michael.~~ In addition, we think she has a secret crush on the President [Bush] and is trying to get him to pay attention to her. Ha!"

A friend and I have been discussing how liberals represent adolescents who are residing in adult bodies. Many we know act like high school kids who became afflicted with arrested development. Our observations are being validated - MoDo fits the mold.

45 posted on 04/14/2012 11:14:32 AM PDT by Baynative (Please check this out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFIcZkEzc8I)
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To: A CA Guy
"Dowd must desperately need to get laid
to be this unhinged IMO."
MD & Helen Thomas, both.
unrequited love dreams of M. Douglas & Y. Arafat

46 posted on 04/14/2012 11:16:00 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (the DNC/RNC = D.C. Establishment...old Brazilians saying: $AME 'OL $H!T, D!FFERENT FL!E$. :^)
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To: Baynative
she was very "hot" for him..
then SHE got in the way.

47 posted on 04/14/2012 11:18:59 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (the DNC/RNC = D.C. Establishment...old Brazilians saying: $AME 'OL $H!T, D!FFERENT FL!E$. :^)
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To: Doc Savage
*LOL!*
don't we (males :) all!

48 posted on 04/14/2012 11:21:48 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (the DNC/RNC = D.C. Establishment...old Brazilians saying: $AME 'OL $H!T, D!FFERENT FL!E$. :^)
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To: null and void
"Will no conservative man take one for the team? "
President Calvin Coolidge, Is available.
You didn't say alive.

49 posted on 04/14/2012 11:29:41 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (the DNC/RNC = D.C. Establishment...old Brazilians saying: $AME 'OL $H!T, D!FFERENT FL!E$. :^)
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To: New Jersey Realist

“5. In need of (fill in the blank)”
Midol!


50 posted on 04/14/2012 11:33:26 AM PDT by HenpeckedCon (What pi$$es me off the most is that POS commie will get a State Funeral!)
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