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Maureen Dowd Doesn’t Get It

Posted by samgr on March 31, 2008

From Maureen Dowd’s column yesterday:

Obama, like the preternaturally gifted young heroes in mythical tales, is still learning to channel his force. He can ensorcell when he has to, and he has viral appeal. Who else could alchemize a nuanced 40-minute speech on race into must-see YouTube viewing for 20-year-olds?

Gah, say I. You don’t need the Force, you just need not to be full of shit. Obama’s race speech was not widely viewed on YouTube because of mysterious magic youthy sex appeal, it was widely viewed because Obama wasn’t bullshitting. He acknowledged complexities and refused to reduce everything to black and white, in a way that OTHER POLITICIANS AREN’T DOING. To reduce this to “alchemy” or “the Force” is idiotic, and diminishes both Obama and the 20-year-olds that Dowd is claiming to understand. The “YouTube generation” (or whatever) isn’t stupid, or, more accurately, is no more stupid than everyone else in the world.

I used to like Maureen Dowd, but perpetual cattiness is hard to take, paired with her weird propensity to constantly toss out as many cultural references as possible in every single column.

Of course, she’s still frickin’ George Orwell compared to WILLIAM KRISTOL. WILLIAM KRISTOL IS A COLUMNIST FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES. THE EARTH IS DYING. THE SUN IS A RED GIANT. End scene.

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4 Responses to “Maureen Dowd Doesn’t Get It”

  1. 1dumblonde said

    I thought Nicholas Kristol was the columnist for the NYT, but I might be wrong.

    I think the speech on race had its very good moments. I agree that is being watched because of its substance. I don’t think that characterizes Obama’s appeal on the whole, but that speech is different.

  2. samgr said

    Nicholas Kristol would be an unholy amalgam; just as self-righteous as Nicholas Kristof, but just as wrong and evil as Bill Kristol. Oh wait, Bill Kristol is like that already.

  3. 1dumblonde said

    Isn’t that Billy Crystal? or Chrystal Gale? I dunno anymore.

  4. samgr said

    Crystal meth? Kris Kristofferson?

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