Seriously. What is wrong with her? And why does the New York Times pay her money to puke this stuff up? In one column, she likens Hillary Clinton to Dick Cheney, Mommie Dearest, and (get this!) associates her with murderous mom Andrea Yates. She actually uses the adjective “hysterical” and the verb “snipped” to describe Clinton’s response to a reporter’s question. Her obvious loathing for women is only acceptable because of her own XX chromosome status–if she were a man, no editor would allow his work into print because of its obvious misogyny. But, women who are willing to do the boys’ work for them are richly rewarded for their work, aren’t they? (P.S. to Michelle Obama, who got an honory mention today: If Hillary isn’t the nominee, you’re the next person Dowd will have in her sights! UPDATE, March 3: And we’re off! Joan Venocchi concern trolls Michelle Obama in the Boston Globe on Sunday. Isn’t it nice that she points out that it will be “A delicate line for Michelle Obama,” as though the unfair scrutiny she has already received is her fault? Via firedoglake.)
I know it’s been terribly fashionable to disdain the wakeup call ad, but I’ve got news for you blogboyz: women 40 and older don’t always see the world the same way younger men (and Maureen Dowd, who’s closer to HRC’s age than she’d like to admit) without children do, and most of them don’t read your blogs. I don’t see how this ad is “fearmongering” at all–this comparison with the “Daisy” ad is ridiculous. Most parents go on occasional if not nightly patrols like the one shown here, and the ad is clearly connecting Clinton to a sense of vigilant maternal protection.
My diagnosis of Dowd is that she’s pathologically envious of other Baby Boomers (women especially, but consider her treatment of Al Gore too) who have accomplished something she hasn’t, and she suspects that her position is highly conditional–that is, she’s only welcome in the boys’ club so long as she does her catty bitchiness routine. It’s sad for a person of her stature to be so obviously insecure–but then, a strong, confident, tough woman would never get a job as as the token girl on the op-ed pages of the New York Times!