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Maureen Dowds essential new clunker: Home runs, leadership and gauzy nonsense![Fouriner too]
Salon ^ | April 30, 2014 | Simon Maloy

Posted on 05/01/2014 3:25:25 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

".............This is a good example of punditry in its purest, most useless form. Dowd doesn’t actually say how Obama should apply the lesson of the NBA commissioner banning a bigoted old coot. She just says Obama should do that. Because it’s right. And leadership, or something.

Also, if you’re familiar with Dowd’s writing from years past, you know that the big, brash, swing-for-the-fences attitude she wants Obama to embrace was precisely what she disliked about George W. Bush. On the day of Obama’s first inaugural, Dowd wrote a column explicitly differentiating the two on that point: “The optimism was tempered by pessimism, a vibe of ‘Maybe this once-in-a-lifetime guy can do it, but boy, there are a lot of never-in-our-lifetime problems here.’ Unlike W., Obama is a realist. He knows there is the potential of letting all these blissed-out people down.”

But whatever. This is punditry! You don’t need good metaphors or internal consistency or even a point to make it big, especially when arguing that the president just needs to lead. That’s why Dowd’s column, vacant and nonsensical as it was, got an enthusiastic endorsement from the pundit world’s chief leadership fetishist:

[Tweet] Ron Fournier - Every day finds a column I wish I'd written. This is today's: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/04/30/opinion/dowd-is-barry-whiffing.html?hp&rref=opinion&_r=0&referrer= … @NYTimesDowd 6:15 AM - 30 Apr 2014

(Excerpt) Read more at salon.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: criticizingobama; foreignpolicy; msm; obama; russia; ukraine
What, no piling on by the Left about how Dowd is a "racist?" I guess this is a warning and they're saving that for later....
1 posted on 05/01/2014 3:25:26 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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2 posted on 05/01/2014 3:34:33 AM PDT by csvset
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It’s always amazed me that MoDo gets paid to write this stuff. Anyone could do it.

A recent David Bentley Hart line sums it up: “Journalism is the art of transforming abysmal ignorance into execrable prose.”


3 posted on 05/01/2014 4:04:15 AM PDT by JusPasenThru (Posting here = IRS audit.)
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To: JusPasenThru; csvset; All
Maureen Dowd's column: Is Barry Whiffing?

"WASHINGTON — Stop whining, Mr. President.

And stop whiffing.

Don’t whinge off the record with columnists and definitely don’t do it at a press conference with another world leader. It is disorienting to everybody, here at home and around the world.

I empathize with you about being thin-skinned. When you 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.

What does a 'home run' look like, in the context of the Ukrainian crisis? ... I would prefer cool, drama-free, iceman-like reflection and alternative solutions rather than baseball metaphors.

Even some of the chatterers who used to be in your corner now make derogatory remarks about your manhood. And that, I know, really gets under your skin because you think they just don’t get your style of coolly keeping your cards to yourself while you play the long game. Besides, how short memories are. You were the Ice Man who ordered up the operation that killed Osama bin Laden.............."

4 posted on 05/01/2014 4:32:08 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: csvset

Wow - looks the Prince really wants to touch those boobs. He sure ain’t looking her in the eye LOL


5 posted on 05/01/2014 4:34:09 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: JusPasenThru
this is awful! first of all, she does not know baseball... all great players hit home runs every time? a singles hitter does not scare anybody? if it's a singles hitters on the other team, that scares me (as a fan)... and if it's a singles hitter on the team i am rooting for, singles hitters give me hope... besides, who exactly is she wanting Obama to scare?

secondly, the entire piece is drivel... reminds me of that cute AT&T commercial where the little girl is telling the man, "we want more, we want more, we like it and we want more." she is young and cannot formulate her thoughts into words... this is not at all cute coming from Maureen Dowd...

6 posted on 05/01/2014 4:44:50 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The chickens are coming home to roost for the Obama bootstrappers...


7 posted on 05/01/2014 5:06:09 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Dowd is worried about the lame duck Obama. Putin isn’t.


8 posted on 05/01/2014 5:16:52 AM PDT by griswold3 (I was born here in America. I will die here in a third world country. Obama succeeded.)
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To: latina4dubya

AT&T is running a dreadful cringe worthy commercial. There are 4 bossy business females and one incredibly limpy wimpy sappy male “negotiating” with the sales girl. I can’t hit the mute button fast enough.


9 posted on 05/01/2014 5:49:31 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
On the day of Obama’s first inaugural, Dowd wrote a column explicitly differentiating . . .

On that terrible day, January 20, 2009 — a date which will live in infamy - I started flying my American flag upside down and praying that I could right it four years later. It's still inverted as a distress signal, and I am now praying I will be able to right it on January 20, 2017. There has been no more terrible event in our country's history than the assumption of power by that evil, drug-addled communist, aided by enough bigots and parasites to put the election within the margin of fraud.

10 posted on 05/01/2014 5:49:44 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Enterprise
AT&T is running a dreadful cringe worthy commercial. There are 4 bossy business females and one incredibly limpy wimpy sappy male “negotiating” with the sales girl. I can’t hit the mute button fast enough.

i have seen it... it is cringe-worthy... i did not even realize it was AT&T... they should stick to the cute little kids at the round table... i love those... "queen my dishes, please..." :)

11 posted on 05/01/2014 6:12:12 AM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: JusPasenThru

“It’s always amazed me that MoDo gets paid to write this stuff. Anyone could do it.

A recent David Bentley Hart line sums it up: “Journalism is the art of transforming abysmal ignorance into execrable prose.””

That’s right - even a computer program.

Check out this Thomas Friedman generator... it’s a hoot (and better than the real thing).

http://thomasfriedmanopedgenerator.com/about.php


12 posted on 05/02/2014 12:21:55 AM PDT by aquila48
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