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  • Mo Dowd: "Trump Hits Alps, but Melania Is Frosty in Florida"

    01/29/2018 10:46:52 AM PST · by seanmerc · 74 replies
    New York Times ^ | 27 Jan 18 | Maureen "Not CZJ" Dowd
    Melania has learned a few things from the master. The first lady will never be as brilliant at trolling as her husband. He is an idiot-savant who plays in the roiling ocean of Twitter as naturally as a blubbery-necked sea lion. Only Donald Trump, a Rat Pack relic who spurred the reckoning with his transgressions toward women, could send out a tweet taking credit for the women’s march. But the Slovenian Sphinx has her moments. It started when she seemed to sartorially upbraid Trump for his Billy Bush vulgarities by wearing a pussy-bow blouse to the St. Louis debate. Then,...
  • Mo Dowd: "President Trump's Really Weak Week"

    07/30/2017 2:41:13 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | 29 Jul 17 | Mo "Dumped" Dowd
    Donald Trump was promising to destroy a vile criminal cartel. Unfortunately, not his own. But one could be forgiven for mistaking the vicious tactics of the MS-13 gang, as described by the president in a Long Island speech on Friday, with those of the Trump White House. “They don’t like shooting people because it’s too quick, it’s too fast,” Trump said, adding: “They like to knife them and cut them, and let them die slowly because that way, it’s more painful, and they enjoy watching that much more. These are animals.” The president could have been describing his own sadistic...
  • Mo Dowd: "Donald, This I Will Tell You" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE]

    03/28/2017 12:04:57 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 64 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 Mar 17 | Maureen "Time has passed me by" Dowd
    Dear Donald, We’ve known each other a long time, so I think I can be blunt. You know how you said at campaign rallies that you did not like being identified as a politician? Don’t worry. No one will ever mistake you for a politician. After this past week, they won’t even mistake you for a top-notch negotiator. I was born here. The first image in my memory bank is the Capitol, all lit up at night. And my primary observation about Washington is this: Unless you’re careful, you end up turning into what you started out scorning. And you,...
  • Mo Dowd: "Free Melania - From Our Expectations"

    02/05/2017 8:49:48 AM PST · by seanmerc · 60 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 4 Feb 17 | The one and only (thank goodness) Maureen Dowd
    WASHINGTON — Now, stacked on the Trump tower of petrifying things we have to worry about — war with Iran, war with China, war with Mexico, war with Islam, war with koala bears — there is yet another looming disaster. The East Wing is perilously behind in planning for the Easter Egg Roll. Is the White House dropping the ball — or rather, the ovoid? As our omnipresent new president hijacked our reality, the first lady vanished, sparking headlines for nary a glimpse in D.C. since the inaugural. Just as there is a gush of leaks from the resistance in...
  • Mo Dowd: "White House Red Scare"

    01/17/2017 12:22:05 PM PST · by seanmerc · 52 replies
    New York Times ^ | 7 Jan 17 | The one and only (thank goodness) Maureen Dowd
    President Donald J. Trump will walk into the Oval Office and be stunned. First, it will be a shock to work in an office decorated with images of men other than himself. Second, he is bound to be suffused with awe as he looks around at the Remington bronze bronco, the Rockwell “Statue of Liberty,” the portraits of Washington and Lincoln, the Swedish ivy on the mantel that has eavesdropped — and leavesdropped — on so much history. The new president will suddenly realize that Joe Biden is right. He needs to grow up. Chuck Schumer is right. He has...
  • Mo Dowd: Election Therapy From My Basket of Deplorables

    12/09/2016 11:13:01 AM PST · by seanmerc · 77 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 26 Nov 16 | Maureen Dowd
    Donald Trump pulled off one of the greatest political feats in modern history by defeating Hillary Clinton and the vaunted Clinton machine. The election was a complete repudiation of Barack Obama: his fantasy world of political correctness, the politicization of the Justice Department and the I.R.S., an out-of-control E.P.A., his neutering of the military, his nonsupport of the police and his fixation on things like transgender bathrooms. Since he became president, his party has lost 63 House seats, 10 Senate seats and 14 governorships. The country had signaled strongly in the last two midterms that they were not happy. The...
  • Absorbing the Impossible

    11/09/2016 7:20:16 AM PST · by pabianice · 19 replies
    NY Times ^ | 11/9/16 | Dowd
    I sat watching in astonishment. The one who couldn’t bear to show up to concede was not, as expected, Donald Trump, but Hillary Clinton... When the Apocalypse came at midnight and the TV analysts — even on Fox — were scrambling to reverse their analyses and justify their bad polling data; and the stock exchanges had to temporarily halt the futures market because it was falling too fast, and the world was spinning off its axis, I called my conservative brother to see what the heck was going on. Advertisement Continue reading the main story “As flawed a candidate as...
  • Bill Clinton Pours On the Estrogen

    07/27/2016 11:15:30 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | 26 Jul 16 | Maureen Dowd
    His life took off, he said, when he fell in love with “that girl.” He told a familiar love story, recounted in his memoir, about springtime at Yale Law School in 1971 and a “magnetic” girl with thick blond hair and big glasses and no makeup and a long, white flowery skirt. He said when he first saw her in a political and civil rights class that he wanted to tap her on the shoulder but he knew if he did, he would be starting something beyond his control. With a sky-blue tie and silvery hair and an easy smile,...
  • Mo Dowd: Hillary Battles Bernie Sanders, Chick Magnet

    02/06/2016 2:02:02 PM PST · by seanmerc · 42 replies
    New York Times ^ | 6 Feb 16 | Maureen Dowd
    HILLARY CLINTON first grabbed the national spotlight 47 years ago as an idealistic young feminist, chiding the paternalistic establishment in her Wellesley commencement speech. So it’s passing strange to watch her here, getting rebuffed by young women who believe that she lacks idealism, that she overplays her feminist hand and that she is the paternalistic establishment. Bernie Sanders may be a dead ringer for Larry David, but Hillary is running the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” campaign. She can’t fire up young voters by dwelling on what can’t be done in Washington and by explaining that she’s more prose than poetry.
  • Maureen Dowd: Sarah Palin as Punch Line on ‘Saturday Night Live’ Special

    02/17/2015 4:51:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 135 replies
    The New York Times First Draft ^ | February 17, 2015 | Maureen Dowd
    <p>Sarah Palin during an audience question-and-answer session at the "Saturday Night Live" 40th-anniversary special last week.</p> <p>Sarah Palin in 2016?</p> <p>Even she thinks that’s a joke.</p> <p>The former vice-presidential candidate made her final transition to pure celebrity and political punch line on Sunday night, when Lorne Michaels’s “Saturday Night Live” celebrated its 40th birthday with a comic extravaganza that became NBC Entertainment’s top-rated show in more than a decade.</p>
  • Maureen Dowd: Anchors Aweigh (Brian Williams)

    02/07/2015 7:25:42 PM PST · by EveningStar · 67 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 7, 2015 | Maureen Dowd
    THIS was a bomb that had been ticking for a while. NBC executives were warned a year ago that Brian Williams was constantly inflating his biography. They were flummoxed over why the leading network anchor felt that he needed Hemingwayesque, bullets-whizzing-by flourishes to puff himself up, sometimes to the point where it was a joke in the news division. But the caustic media big shots who once roamed the land were gone, and “there was no one around to pull his chain when he got too over-the-top,” as one NBC News reporter put it.
  • Maureen Dowd: Throw the Bums Out: Roger Goodell, Ray Rice and the N.F.L.’s Culture

    09/14/2014 10:13:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 37 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 13, 2014 | Maureen Dowd
    When Roger Goodell was growing up here, he had the best possible example of moral leadership. His father, a moderate New York Republican appointed by Gov. Nelson Rockefeller to Bobby Kennedy’s Senate seat after the assassination, risked his career to come out against the Vietnam War... The two legacies from his dad, Bryan Curtis wrote in Grantland last year, could well be “a measure of his dad’s idealism, his contrarianism, his stubbornness. And I bet we’d also find a kind of defense mechanism that develops when you see your dad destroyed on a public stage. An instinct that makes you...
  • Mommy, the Drone’s Here! [Mo Dowd]

    12/04/2013 11:39:52 AM PST · by seanmerc · 24 replies
    NY Times ^ | 3 Dec 13 | Maureen Dowd
    The novelty of flying cars never materialized. But flying novels are right around the corner. If you aren’t nervous enough reading about 3-D printers spitting out handguns or Google robots with Android phones, imagine the skies thick with crisscrossing tiny drones.
  • Bottoms Up, Lame Duck

    05/01/2013 6:44:02 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 15 replies
    NYT ^ | 30 April 2013 | Maureen Dowd
    During the 2012 campaign, the president and his top advisers liked to make the argument that if he was re-elected, the “fever” would break. Washington would no longer be the graveyard of progress, the crypt of consensus. Once dystopian Republicans accepted that Obama was not running again, they would start cooperating with him. .... Actually, it is his job to get them to behave. The job of the former community organizer and self-styled uniter is to somehow get this dunderheaded Congress, which is mind-bendingly awful, to do the stuff he wants them to do. It’s called leadership. He still thinks...
  • Maureen Dowd: The Oscar for Best Fabrication

    02/17/2013 8:57:24 PM PST · by seanmerc · 30 replies
    New York Times ^ | 16 Feb 2013 | Maureen Dowd
    I SAW “Argo” with Jerry Rafshoon, who was a top aide to President Carter during the Iranian hostage crisis, when six Americans escaped and were given sanctuary for three months by courageous Canadian diplomats. We were watching a scene where a C.I.A. guy can’t get through to Hamilton Jordan, Carter’s chief of staff, to sign off on plane tickets for the escaping hostages, so he pretends to be calling from the school where Jordan’s kids go. “Hamilton wasn’t married then and didn’t have any kids,” Jerry whispered, inflaming my pet peeve about filmmakers who make up facts in stories about...
  • Dreaming of a Superhero (Dowd Down on Obama)

    06/03/2012 3:40:57 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 31 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 3,2012 | Maureen Dowd
    On Thursday, Bill Clinton once more telegraphed that he considers Obama a lightweight who should not have bested his wife. Bluntly contradicting the Obama campaign theme that Romney is a heartless corporate raider, Clinton told CNN that the Republican’s record at Bain was “sterling.” Covering a humorous W. at the unveiling of his portrait, the White House press actually seemed nostalgic for the president who bollixed up Afghanistan, Iraq, Katrina and the economy — a sure sign that the Obama magic is flagging. On Friday, an ugly job market report led to the stock market’s worst day of the year....
  • Maureen Dowd Blows Her Cool

    04/14/2012 10:01:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 91 replies
    Townhhall.com ^ | April 14, 2012 | Brian Birdnow
    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...
  • Showtime at the Apollo [MoDo critiques the Obama hauteur]

    01/22/2012 5:33:54 PM PST · by oblomov · 24 replies
    NYT ^ | 21 Jan 2012 | Maureen Dowd
    FOR eight seconds, we saw the president we had craved for three years: cool, joyous, funny, connected. “I, I’m so in love with you,” Barack Obama crooned to a thrilled crowd at a fund-raiser at the Apollo in Harlem on Thursday night, doing a seductive imitation as Al Green himself looked on. The song would make a good campaign anthem: “Let’s stay together, lovin’ you whether, whether times are good or bad, happy or sad.” Don’t break up, turn around and make up. Times have been bad and sad, and The One did not turn out to be a messiah,...
  • One and Done?

    09/04/2011 7:52:30 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 4 replies
    Nrw York Times ^ | 9/3/2011 | MAUREEN DOWD
    ONE day during the 2008 campaign, as Barack Obama read the foreboding news of the mounting economic and military catastrophes that W. was bequeathing his successor, he dryly remarked to aides: “Maybe I should throw the game.” On the razor’s edge of another recession; blocked at every turn by Republicans determined to slice him up at any cost; starting an unexpectedly daunting re-election bid; and puzzling over how to make a prime-time speech about infrastructure and payroll taxes soar, maybe President Obama is wishing that he had thrown the game. The leader who was once a luminescent, inspirational force is...
  • Withholder in Chief (MoDo comes down like a sledgehammer!)

    08/10/2011 10:51:31 AM PDT · by neverdem · 47 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 9, 2011 | MAUREEN DOWD
    Even the Butter Cow at the Iowa State Fair is not enough to sweeten the mood. Three years ago, Barack Obama’s unlikely presidential dream was given wings by rapturous Iowans — young, old and in-between — who saw in the fresh-faced, silky-voiced black senator a chance to leap past the bellicose, rancorous Bush years into a modern, competitive future where we once more had luster in the world. “We are choosing hope over fear,” Senator Obama told a delirious crowd of 3,000 here the night he won the Iowa caucuses. But fear has garroted hope, as America reels from the...