Category Archives: Maureen Dowd

The Naughty Flamethrower

Things sort themselves out without any real agreement. Anyone who’s even vaguely conservative watches Fox News – run by Roger Ailes, who had been Richard Nixon’s media advisor and seems to be still at it, making unpleasant and shifty Republican … Continue reading

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Who’s Your Daddy?

By the second full week in January things had settled down and you knew what to expect. The Christmas Day Underpants Bomber, whose bomb had only toasted his tenders, had his day in court and pleaded not guilty – except … Continue reading

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Anticipating the Democratic National Convention

See John Harwood in the New York Times blog, The Caucus. Political conventions have been dying, even if dying very slowly:   The first blow came from presidential primaries, whose growth in recent decades has taken the power to select … Continue reading

Posted in Attacks on Obama, Chris Matthews, Democratic Convention, Frank Rich, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton Shows Real Class, Interfering in the Democratic Convention, Journalism, Keith Olbermann, Maureen Dowd, McCain, McCain's Free Pass, McCain's Many Homes, Obama Chooses Biden, Obama's VP Choice, Petraeus for VP, Rick Brown | 2 Comments

It Was Just Envy

The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause. ~ Baltasar Gracian   Envy is the most stupid of vices, for there is no single advantage to be gained from it. ~ Balzac   Envy assails … Continue reading

Posted in Celebrity, Celebrity Envy, Exploiting Resentment, Life in Hollywood, Maureen Dowd, McCain, McCain's Celebrity Problem, Obama, Obama's Celebrity Problem, Obama: Celebrity, Obama: Uppity, Paris Hilton for President Video, Paris Hilton Mocks McCain, Presumptuous Obama | Leave a comment

Dealing With the Keystone Cops

The Keystone Cops are now obscure, at least the original Keystone Cops – the totally incompetent cluster of policemen in that series of silent film comedies produced by Mack Sennett for his Keystone Film Company between 1912 and 1917 – … Continue reading

Posted in Boumediene v. Bush and Al Odah v. United States, Bush, Conservative Thought, Foreign Policy, Guantanamo, Habeas Corpus, Maureen Dowd, McCain, Neoconservate Thought, The Conservative-Liberal Divide, The French | Leave a comment

Bright Shiny Objects

As performed by National Lampoon on “National Lampoon Radio Dinner” (1972, Blue Thumb Records), from Deteriorata – “Remember my son, a walk through the ocean of most people’s souls would not even wet your ankles.”   If you want to … Continue reading

Posted in Bill Clinton, Class Warfare, Elitism, Hillary Clinton, Manliness, Maureen Dowd, McCain, Obama, Populist Politics, Press Notes, The Power of Narrative, Values Voters | Leave a comment