October 12, 2005

"OMG!!! Maureen Dowd is making fun of me and no one can even read it!!!"

Maureen Dowd has an op-ed today making fun of Harriet Miers. But you can't read the column -- here -- unless you have TimesSelect, so what the hell difference does it make? Should I even bother to point out that she's using the same idea that Harriet Miers's Blog!!! has been using since October 3rd, the day the nomination was announced?

29 comments:

Matt Brown said...

Maureen must believe that people should pay to read what she thinks - that's why her articles are under TimeSelect.

SteveR said...

Who's Maureen Dowd?

Ron said...

MoDo? Sha. What-ever!

Al Maviva said...

If a dead tree falls in the forest, and there's nobody there to read it, does anybody care?

Meade said...

To TimesSelect, With Love

Those preblog days
Of careless fact-checking
And easy plagiarism are gone
But in my cocoon I know they will
Still live on and on
But how do you thank
An institution which has taken
You from household name to near obscurity?
It isn't easy, but I'll try.

If you wanted my soul
I would email it
Across the web in Zapf Dingbats
That would bore
A million readers nigh

'To TimesSelect, With Love'.

-♡ MoDo

Coco said...

I have a subscription to the NYT so I have both daily pape and electronic access. I ride a commuter train to work and usually read the paper cover to cover by the end of the day. There are two things I do not read, however. The stock quotes (don't own any stocks) and any column by Maureen Dowd. Why? becuase she's been writing the same column for about 5 years - just change the names, twist the snarky comments and BAM - new Dowd column. Even if I agreed with 100% of her larger point (anyone associated with Bush is a crooked incompetent), I wouldn't read her columns.

AMB said...

In the spirit of Tuesday Morning Quarterback, I must Haiku:


When Maureen Dowd talks
people everywhere say who?
Thank you Times Select.

John(classic) said...

When I was in the Navy (many decades ago), I knew a Quartermaster, repeatedly demoted and promoted, who commented on anything that he saw in a constant stream of obscenity. He was initally interesting to listen to because many of the obscene phrases were quite inventive and novel to me and some amusing.

The fascination soon passed off, for eventually one saw a pattern of repetition in the phrases. Once one's mind began to filter out the obscenity, there was really very little communicated by this unfortunate soul. The repetitive essence was that every person or group of persons -- the XO, the chiefs, the deck gang, the cook, whomever-- had, for bad and twisted imagined reasons, wronged us.

Dowd's language is more genteel.

Ann Althouse said...

LOL, lmeade. The question is, will I sing this on my next podcast? Maybe with sufficient paypal donations...

Ron said...

Ann: Maybe you could sing lead on the next podcast, and some of us commenters could be your backing chorus! We could be the Supremes (Court?)! Does this make you Diana Roberts, er, Ross? ;-)

Meade said...

"Maybe with sufficient paypal donations.."

Dear Ann (or should I say "LuLu?"),

Would that be... a dare?

It just so happens I, for one, am feeling somewhat flush.

James Wigderson said...

Dowd will probably win a Pulitzer for this one. The blogger will get readers.

pud252 said...

It seems self-evident that if the greatest reasons for Miers being qualified to be a SupCt justice is that she has served Bush as an attorney (both in private practice and as White House Counsel), then Bush can't rationally invoke Executive Privilege to withhold documents which might identify her positions. With Roberts and Rhenquist, they had held former positions where their record could be reviewed. With Miers, there is nothing.

The Senate should force Bush to choose between waiving the Ex. Privilege or Miers' nomination. But the Senate should not allow Bush to shield her advise to him given that he is touting her position as White House Counsel -- and his knowlege of her gleaned through his interaction with her in this position -- as the primary reason for nominating her.

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vbspurs said...

Come on, Ann.

Making fun of Harriet Miers is the gift that keeps on giving.

(And Al Sharpton's Mary Tyler Moore flip-haircut, obviously)

Anyways, I'll be doing much the same thing tomorrow, when my "Strange Bedfellows" post is posted.

It's a wrap-up about how political parties' inherent tensions were brought out with the Miers nomination.

I call her names though. Such fun!

Cheers,
Victoria

brylin said...

Are all these negative comments about Dowd due to the fact that her academic credentials are merely a B.A. from Catholic University?

Ruth Anne Adams said...

First things first: Victoria! Where have you BEEN? Welcome back!

Next: "To Sir with Love" has quite a range, Professor A. You'd have to go to the soprano register and you told me once you've never been a soprano.

Me? I'd be Carmella.

JT Davis said...

"She's smarter than me." – Glenn Reynolds

So is Hulk Hogan. Are Ann and Hulk twins?

Ann Althouse said...

Ruth Anne: Range is the least of my problems. I can't sing.

But listen, everyone! I have theme music now. Wait 'til you hear the next Audible Althouse. I am not kidding, it will be sublime ... for the first few seconds at least.

And note: I am not criticizing Maureen Dowd. I'm criticizing TimesSelect for walling her off from the free flow of the blogosphere. It's sad for poor Mo. She used the same Harriet as airhead voice as Harriet Miers's Blog!!! but that's okay. It can be done twice. It's hard being a columnist when it's so easy for bloggers to get the jump on you. But it's even harder when you're walled off in TimesSelect. Tough times for MoDo. I feel her pain!!!!!!!!

brylin said...

It's not as if you can't read Dowd, et al. All you have to do is look at technorati.com. Every single column written by every columnist since the Times Select has been introduced can be found there, usually by noon of the day of publication. And there's a blog called Never Pay Retail that links to every column that is syndicated in other newspapers.

But if it's not her Catholic University B.A., then maybe it's her first job as a sports columnist for a failed newspaper (The Washington Star), that disqualifies her from serious consideration as one of the foremost opinion leaders in the world. ;)

Meade said...

Brylin: Is it possible that you are practicing credentialism?

vbspurs said...

First things first: Victoria! Where have you BEEN? Welcome back!

Hey Ruth Anne, my Harriet Miers blood-sistah!

Okay that's enough mush. :)

I've been alive, and well, and husbanding my own blog (for a change).

With a little (okay, a lot) of help from the Anchoress, Tim Worstall and Peaktalk, amongst others, I have had the best week traffic-wise since I was Instalanched that time.

So of course, all my other blogging took a back seat for a while.

Fear not, though, I'll never leave Althouse!

Unless of course, Ann asks nicely. :)

Cheers,
Victoria

vbspurs said...

When Maureen Dowd talks
people everywhere say who?
Thank you Times Select.


Not bad, not bad.

Needs more frogs jumps out of the pond, though, but enough of Daily Kos.

Cheers,
Victoria

vbspurs said...

Ruth Anne: Range is the least of my problems. I can't sing.

Come onnnn!

You can sing a little, Ann.

Okay, how much you want? I got $2.

Cheers,
Victoria

Ann Althouse said...

Victoria: To sing and make a digital file that will be on the internet for everyone to listen to forever? That's got to be more than an egg salad sandwich, which if I remember correctly, had a $500 price tag (that is, I would eat an egg salad sandwich if you paid me $500). I might be willing to sort of half sing it, however.

vbspurs said...

Victoria: To sing and make a digital file that will be on the internet for everyone to listen to forever? That's got to be more than an egg salad sandwich, which if I remember correctly, had a $500 price tag (that is, I would eat an egg salad sandwich if you paid me $500).

Sheesh. I wonder if deciding to pose nude or not for Playboy required this much thought??

I might be willing to sort of half sing it, however.

Eh. Either go whole-hog, or nothing.

OTOH, although to be sure you're you're on woman and can do as you see fit, whenever I'm blogging, I always ask myself:

What Would Glenn Reynolds Do?

And let's face it. He'd never sing on his blog.

P.S.: I'm selling WWGRD bracelets in case of interest. Cheap.

Cheers,
Victoria

Meade said...

"P.S.: I'm selling WWGRD bracelets in case of interest. Cheap."

I'll buy one. Unless you think GR would pose nude for Playboy, in which case, no thank you.

Matt Brown said...

OMG, Ann! You're totally mentioned and linked to on Miers' blog. How excited you must be!

lmeade: I think you mean "Playgirl," not "Playboy." I don't care if Glenn poses, though, I don't look at either mag.

Stacy said...

Ooohhh, yes, lets bash Mo Dowd. And then lets bemoan the bashing of Harriet Miers.

Duh.