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October 07, 2004

Dowd in good form today

I'm not a big fan of Maureen Dowd, but she's sharp today:

Senator Kerry evoked the voice of Bush 41 to get under 43's thin skin. The more Mr. Kerry played the square, proper, moderate, internationalist war hero, the more the president was reduced to childish scowling and fidgeting, acting like a naughty little boy who refuses to sit in his seat and eat his spinach and do all the hard things a parent wants you to do.

"You know, the president's father did not go into Iraq, into Baghdad beyond Basra," Mr. Kerry said, as W. blinked and burned. "And the reason he didn't is, he said, he wrote in his book, because there was no viable exit strategy. And he said our troops would be occupiers in a bitterly hostile land. That's exactly where we find ourselves today. There's a sense of American occupation."

Mr. Kerry told the now-and-then Guardsman about the "extraordinarily difficult missions" of our troops in Iraq: "I know what it's like to go out on one of those missions where you don't know what's around the corner. And I believe our troops need other allies helping."

Playing the Daddy card was part of the Kerry makeover by the Clintonistas - Bubba eye for the Brahmin guy.

In their '92 debate, Bill Clinton used the same psychological trick to rattle Bush 41. Objecting to the Republican pinko innuendo about a trip he had taken as a young man to Moscow, Mr. Clinton reminded the first President Bush that his father, Senator Prescott Bush of Connecticut, had stood up to Joe McCarthy: "Your father was right to stand up to Joe McCarthy. You were wrong to attack my patriotism."

The Bushes get very agitated when confronted with the specters of fathers who made them feel that they never measured up.

Didion has a riff about "Appointment in Samarra" in my favorite of her inimitable essays, so Dowd's larger point has been on my mind of late. It is unfortunate that part of the fall of WASP society into cultural irrelevance is our amnesia about their inbred flaws. Were we all as obsessed by their manners as we were in the 1950s and 60s, we would have recognized W on his face for the sad loss that he is.

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Not a big fan? I highly disapprove. She's on my short list...

Posted by: Marti on October 7, 2004 05:21 PM

She's hot.

Posted by: jason on October 7, 2004 05:41 PM

When she's good she's great, but when she's lazy she exemplifies all the failings of the media. Like that "Who among us does not love NASCAR" quote that Kerry never actually said.

And if y'all really think she's hot, you would have loved a lot of my middle school teachers.

Posted by: jay on October 7, 2004 05:54 PM
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