October 3, 2020

"The man whose father told him there are only killers and zeros, the man who cruelly castigated others as losers, the man who was taught to fear losing above all else..."

"... has been doing some very public losing of his own. Upsetting as it is to see the president and first lady facing a mortal threat — and the glee and memes from some on the left were vulgar — it was undeniable that reality was crashing in on the former reality star.... Tuesday’s debate pierced another reality that Trump had been hawking on Fox for months — that his opponent was an addled husk who would need performance drugs to stand at the podium, and that Trump would stride in like a colossus and clobber him in a trice. Instead, the ugly reality was there for all to see: Trump was truculent, whiny and nasty, and Joe Biden was fine. Trump was indecent, on everything from white supremacists to Hunter Biden’s addiction, and Biden was decent. And, in the end, the con man in the Oval Office could not con the virus. He was a perverse Pied Piper of contagion, luring crowds to his rallies and events on the White House lawn, even as he mocked the safety measures recommended by his own government, sidelined and undermined Dr. Anthony Fauci, and turned the mask into a symbol of blue-state wimpiness.... It seemed inevitable that Trump would get infected, given his insouciance on the issue of protective measures combined with his age, weight and ambitious travel schedule. He seemed oddly intent on tempting fate...."

That's Maureen Dowd, detailing the narrative arc of tragedy, in "Reality Bursts the Trumpworld Bubble/In a moment that feels biblical, the implacable virus has come to the president’s door" (NYT).

105 comments:

narciso said...

Now do quilted northam

Big Mike said...

@Althouse, you realize that every time you read a column by Dowd you lose at least 15 IQ points?

The Godfather said...

Keepin’ it classy, Mo!

Matt Sablan said...

If Biden was decent, my, how our standards have fallen.

gilbar said...

well, if Maureen Dowd says it....

narciso said...

What was kerrys line about college and iraq.

Shouting Thomas said...

If Prez Trump recovers quickly, haven’t the shutdowners lost the argument?

This op-ed might look pretty stale and silly in a few days.

Mike (MJB Wolf) said...

Every day in March and April we were updated by the president, Birx and Fauci. Every day they informed the public via a very shitty media medium of current recommendations and info on what plans were in place for PPE and travel etc. Given we lived through that, through “two weeks to slow the spread” and through the negotiations for the aid and and unemployment, America has a fairly fresh memory of a LOT being done. So the media’s dishonest repeat attempts to say Trump ignored it or downplayed it are annoying to the extreme. The media blaming Trump for contracting it, even though he is in the prime demographic for getting it, reminds me of Coumo blaming the old people in NY nursing homes for giving it to others in their home. Sick and disgusting.

And no other NYT columnist has naysayers the art of weaving suck and disgusting tales than MoDo the ho for SloJoe.

Dave Begley said...

Since I am the screenwriter of the soon-to-win-a-Oscar "Frankenstein, Part II," I need to weigh in. Someone else here on the blog mentioned Joseph Campbell and I'll pick up on that.

Right now we are deep in the Third Act. Our Hero, Trump, has seen the Walls Crashing In. He's behind in the polls. He "lost" the debate according to the Fake News. And now this: Covid-19. He's life could be lost. Doesn't get any more dramatic than that!

He's been harmed by his own hubris and vanity. Refusing to wear a mask when he introduced the sainted ACB as his SCOUTUS nominee. Maybe he got infected by the president of Notre Dame. A priest!

This is what is known in the trade as the All is Lost scene.

Americans love a happy ending. Our Hero will recover and he will do so thanks to science. And the prayers and good will of the American people.

He will do the debates. He will barnstorm the country the next 30 days. He is tireless and fearless. He's a Man's Man. He's the Indispensable Man; just like our First President. God gave America Trump in its Time of Need.

The Dems will cheat in the election, but Trump will win! I've scaled it back to only 39 states.

The Fake News will go wild on Election Night. It will try to spin the Red Mirage and Late Count scenario but the facts and math won't work for their lies.

Maureen Dowd will still be unmarried. She's such a witch. She should have gotten married when she had here chance. If she was on Match.com, I'd block her.

Winning. Winning. Winning.

Yancey Ward said...

Laughing my ass off! What will Dowd write when Trump returns triumphantly after surviving this "mortal threat"? He is 74 years old that is already a mortal threat, so is being 75, and 76.

Trump doesn't live life in fear- that is driving people like Dowd utterly bonkers.

Yancey Ward said...

Reading the press this morning makes me take just a little seriously Michael Moore's conspiracy theory that Trump is faking his COVID diagnosis just for the showmanship value.

tim maguire said...

Of all the distasteful habits of the left, perhaps most distasteful of all is the habit, when bad things happen to people they don't like, of seeing those bad things as a judgement from God, as karma confirming their own rightness. Whether it is 9/11 hijackers or a virus, its real purpose is to prove the rightness of whatever the liberals are pushing today.

Gunner said...

Biden was not "fine". If Trump had just let him talk to the end of his time, that would have been obvious.

MeatPopscicle1234 said...

I can't even begin to convey how much I loathe and detest the left in this country. Some of the nastiest, cruel, viscous, vindictive, arrogant, elitist prick busybody Karen assholes that have ever existed.

Temujin said...

The difference between winners and losers is that winners use their setbacks as an opportunity to learn and get better from it. But they do not stop. They keep moving forward, learning from what happened, and doing it better- or differently- the next time. But they do not stop.

Losers sit in apartments in New York wringing their hands as they comment on other peoples lives.

If anyone for a minute thinks this will stop Trump from moving forward, they don't know the character of people like him. Biden is nothing like Trump. Biden has lived for 50 years off the teat of the people. Trump built things, developed things, created real buildings, resorts, condos, etc, that created real jobs for people. He didn't just give speeches talking about how he'd create 1 million shovel ready jobs and then go back to eating steak at The Palm.

Mid-Life Lawyer said...

I do agree that Trump behaved and performed badly at the debate but not that Biden was "fine". There is a video going around with clips from major media outlets showing that Trump has denounced all manner of white supremacy, KKK, David Duke, etc. about twenty times and most of those times in the last 5 years so any writer or journalist who uses that bullshit trope is automatically discredited in my eyes. The trick is to ask Trump about the issue over and over so that the nitwits will think he has refused to answer it in the past because he's sympathetic. You have to be a nitwit to vote Democrat so it works on those voters. Other than that, Dowd is a good writer and Trump really did step in it on not keeping himself protected better from the virus.

mikee said...

I, for one, want to avoid whatever drugs Dowd is on, because her reality differs extremely from that which I have recently experienced, and I am fairly certain that she is hallucinating an alternate reality. Don't let this columnist operate heavy machinery or drive a car, results could be disastrous.

rcocean said...

"Trump was truculent, whiny and nasty, and Joe Biden was fine. Trump was indecent, on everything from white supremacists to Hunter Biden’s addiction, and Biden was decent."

Dowd is a liar. Biden isn't decent or Fine. He's a 78 y.o. senile old fool and a liar. He started the interruptions. Biden called Trump - the President of the united States - a "Clown" a "fool" a "Liar" and a "racist". Biden continues to lie about Charlottesville, what Trump has said on other issues, and Biden's own record. BTW, Trump didn't call Biden one bad name.

Dowd is a piece of shit. She doesn't care about "decency". She just wants left-wing Democrats to have ALL the power.

Michael K said...

As Grandma said in "Parenthood," "She needs a man!"

William said...

Maybe it's me, but I just cannot fathom how Dowd—or anyone for that matter—could have such intense vitriol in her/his heart. Something is going on in her psyche that is caustic; I know of no better word to describe it.

Maybe I'm just from the country, but I just can't imagine anyone having hate like this in one's heart/soul (except maybe for UNC basketball since I'm a Dookie, but that's another story). Maybe Dowd doesn't really believe this stuff; maybe she's simply writing for effect. For her sake, I hope so.

If Dowd truly is this mean-spirited, then, putting it simply, she's just evil.

She must be really unhappy. It's actually quite sad.

n.n said...

The virus was already there, wearing one protein sheath or another, encompassing a diverse distribution of genetic material. A Trojan horse, an ass. The social contagion is clear and progressive.

Big Mike said...

What ought to scare crap out of MoDo — would scare crap out of her if she anything approximating common sense — is if Trump recovers rapidly and completely. Assuming that happens, it would expose that the Democrat governors treating COVID-19 as a major health problem are deliberately lying so they can keep on playing at being tinpot dictators. So that gives me an additional reason to root for Donald Trump.

Joe Smith said...

"...that his opponent was an addled husk who would need performance drugs to stand at the podium..."

How do we know he wasn't hopped up on something? He wouldn't agree to a drug test.

Btw, if the guy making copies at Kinkos is subject to random drug testing, I think every politician and judge should be tested as well.

As their employers (voters/taxpayers), the results should be publicly available.

narciso said...

Dowd sided with slo jo over the huntress, the brainslugs chewed right through

wild chicken said...

Spouse: Trump bungled the pandemic! He didn't take it seriously!

Also spouse: So, Thanksgiving here again? [With six diff households]

Def getting a serious/not serious vibe.

boatbuilder said...

The implacable virus took seven months to get to the door of the busiest man in the world.

Obviously because he doesn’t always wear a mask.

Science!

chuck said...

Tomorrow this will be yesterday's news :) Scott Adams was already behind the curve this morning.

ALP said...

Can anyone ELI5 *why* any person would take their cues on how to live from the POTUS? Any POTUS? I mean I never understood it. Why? Of all people to make your guiding light - POTUS? I never understood it and people only have themselves to blame for picking THAT role model.

Lyle said...

What a year!

Mike of Snoqualmie said...

Maureen Dowd, spreading goodwill and cheer at the NYT. Providing airborne cover for Democrats and Joe "I'm the Democrat Party" Biden. Joe Biden, who like Groucho Marx, has his own principles. If you don't like Joe's principles, he has others.

Sorry Groucho. Groucho provided good value for your time watching him. Joe leaves you feeling sick after watching him.

n.n said...

I just cannot fathom how Dowd—or anyone for that matter—could have such intense vitriol in her/his heart

Acutely phobic reaction. This is the phobia that psychiatrists predicted but never materialized until now. 16 trimesters and in progress, and we know why: Obama spied, Clinton colluded, Biden obstructed, Democrats prosecuted witches and warlocks, the neo-KKK protested, judges legislated, neo-Nazis cancelled, and JounoLists spun tales unfit for publication.

Peaceful warrior said...

The silver lining of this Trump infection is that more people will now wear masks.

Peaceful warrior said...

The silver lining of the Trump infection is that more people will presumably wear masks where appropriate.

roesch/voltaire said...

Yes the kind hearted Trump has been mocking Biden and any others who would wear masks in an attempt to politicize a health issue so it is a bit ironic that the breaker of rules and norms has been hoisted by his on non-mask. That said I hope he recovers and the voters let him know where he has made political mistakes.

Smerdyakov said...

After saying "the glee and memes from some on the left were vulgar" she demonstrates how sophisticated people like her celebrate.

narciso said...

https://babylonbee.com/news/party-that-wants-to-run-your-healthcare-roots-for-political-opponent-to-die

wholelottasplainin' said...

The "implacable virus" that kills roughly one in a thousand people under 70 that it infects?

Five out of a hundred for those over 70 who get the disease?

200,000 dead in a country of 330 MILLION?

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/09/25/cdc-data-shows-high-virus-survival-rate-99-plus-for-ages-69-and-younger-94-6-for-older/

I'm sure the Europeans who lived through the Black Death--which killed 40% of Europe---would take issue with MoDo.

I'm also sure she would have been LESS sympathetic to Trump if he had cowered in the White House like Prince Prospero in Poe's "Masque of the Red Death", who arrogantly believed his wealth, power and ability to isolate himself from the dirty peasant Deplorables would protect him from Death itself.

https://www.sparknotes.com/lit/poestories/section10/

"A disease known as the Red Death plagues the fictional country where this tale is set, and it causes its victims to die quickly and gruesomely. Even though this disease is spreading rampantly, the prince, Prospero, feels happy and hopeful. He decides to lock the gates of his palace in order to fend off the plague, ignoring the illness ravaging the land."....

... "the story also means to punish Prospero’s arrogant belief that he can use his wealth to fend off the natural, tragic progress of life. Prospero’s arrogance combines with a grievous insensitivity to the plight of his less fortunate countrymen. Although he possesses the wealth to assist those in need, he turns his wealth into a mode of self-defense and decadent self-indulgence. His decadence in throwing the masquerade ball, however, unwittingly positions him as a caged animal, with no possible escape."

So...the chickens have come home for Trump, who did his best to do his job, and to be out among the people, DESPITE the risks he faced.

For this Dowd jeers and mocks him.

What a turd she is.

hstad said...

The problem with "Adler's" data is that Dr. Fauci waffled back and forth about Masks in public pronouncements. But people are going to pick their sides, just look at this article from Dowd.

The difference between the NY Times and The Enquirer is that only one of them even tries to collect evidence or verify their stories. Dowd's article is a perfect example!

Original Mike said...

"He seemed oddly intent on tempting fate...."

Trump was only doing what he asks others to do; keep working.

Charlie Currie said...

I had to laugh. One of my wife's acquaintances is a full fledged Trump hater. She is the person you see driving their car alone wearing a mask. I think she may sleep with one on. Anyway, she got infected two days before the President. And when the news came out that he had been infected, she was on Facebook lecturing him, and everyone else, about wearing a mask and social distancing. Self awareness is a gene missing from the liberal dna.

Francisco D said...

Forget it Jake. It's Maureen Dowd.

I'm Full of Soup said...

I thought I was mean spirited but then I read David Brooks column yesterday and Dowds today. Jeez they have really bad case of TDS.

Kevin said...

it was undeniable that reality was crashing in on the former reality star....

Which reality was that MoDo?

That Trump had no shot at becoming President?
That Trump was a Russian asset?
That Trump put children "in cages"?
That Trump committed an impeachable offense?
That Trump's taxes would prove his crookedness?

Lady, you and yours are not the ones to be lecturing anyone on reality.

Skeptical Voter said...

Mo Do and her fantasies of various kinds (perhaps endemic to some aging formerly attractive women) writes as though she were Aunt Livia in Terry Southern's satiric novel "Candy'.

Mo Do wants and needs Aunt Livia's "ten pounds" of something to ease her angst. That might lower the vitriol qoutient in her writing--which is all too often on display.

wendybar said...

And the people who have been calling him Hitler, Nazi, Racist, Homophobic, and Xenophobic (for the last 5 years whilst they were spying on him and his administration) are still doing it, and hoping he dies.

cronus titan said...

Catherine Zeta-Jones could not be reached for comment.

tcrosse said...

There are conflicting reports of Trump’s condition.

Original Mike said...

Blogger wild chicken said...
"Spouse: Trump bungled the pandemic! He didn't take it seriously!
Also spouse: So, Thanksgiving here again? [With six diff households]"


We have a friend who keeps organizing parties with "only a few people who have been very careful."

We haven't gone to any of them.

William said...

William said @ 12:10pm:Maybe it's me, but I just cannot fathom how Dowd—or anyone for that matter—could have such intense vitriol in her/his heart. Something is going on in her psyche that is caustic; I know of no better word to describe it.

Knowing that Professor Althouse loves words, I looked up vitriol in the Webster Dictionary (1913 version—GREAT source) on-line:

A sulphate of any one of certain metals, as copper, iron, zinc, cobalt. So called on account of the glassy appearance or luster. (b) Sulphuric acid; -- called also oil of vitriol. So called because first made by the distillation of green vitriol. See Sulphuric acid, under Sulphuric. [Colloq.]

Duh, of course vitriol is caustic. I'm a tautological fool.

Big Mike said...

It’s a sign of the Apocalypse that Mad Rachel Maddow is the sole American lefty who has demonstrated class when word got out that Donald Trump has the coronavirus. Well, her and Obama.

traditionalguy said...

Donnie can’t get no respect.

Wince said...

If Trump emerges with immunity, while Biden remains in the basement, I look forward to Trump sucking on a balloon full of Covid and speaking with a squeaky voice.

Bilwick said...

Meanwhile Dowd and others at the NYT have been diagnosed as having been infected with the virus called "Statism," which has killed more people than the Kung Flu ever will. Sadly, those who have contracted the virus mostly refuse the cure, round-the-clock doses of Locke, Bastiat, Von Mises, Hayek and Milton Friedman, with a side order of Aristotle's "Logic."

Night said...

Dowd doesn't understand Trump well. A lot of that is her husk.

Readering said...

Optimistic that headline on October 15 is that President is resting comfortably in his bed.

Wince said...

Blogger cronus titan said...
Catherine Zeta-Jones could not be reached for comment.

So, you missed where MoDo wore her dental dam proudly?

https://www.cdc.gov/condomeffectiveness/Dental-dam-use.html

Night said...

Is this a case of the Biden campaign pulling negative ads to give the appearance of kindness but at the same time working with the NYT to run negative? Carrying the dirty work for the dems? Doesn't take much.

stevew said...

When you hate someone so much as MoDo hates Trump, it feels biblical when bad and unpleasant things happen to him. Don't tell her that his doctor says he and Melania are doing "very well".

cubanbob said...

Is it me or has anyone noticed during the debate Biden's eyes? I couldn't see the whites of his eyes. It like they were so dilated the whites were hidden. Could he have been so hopped up he had contacts put in to keep him from being blinded by the lights?
Also between the facelifts and the botox he has a rictus like the Joker. And if one actually listened to him, he actually said nothing but stock phrases and insults.

MoDo has talent but is bereft of brains and insight.

narciso said...

they actually haven't pulled the ads in markets like florida,

virgil xenophon said...

MeatPopscicle1234@12:02PM/

My Man! My long-lost blood-brother! Where have you been?

Jupiter said...

" it was undeniable that reality was crashing in on the former reality star"

Into each life a little flu must fall.

narciso said...


oh
https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bethbaumann/2020/10/03/cleveland-officials-say-at-least-11-coronavirus-cases-can-be-traced-back-to-debate-planning-n2577413

Rob said...

There should be little concern about Melania's health. Not an ounce of fat on that one. Still, out of an excess of caution, Trump may want to start interviewing successors.

Anthony said...

Maureen who?

Jim at said...

The silver lining of this Trump infection is that more people will now wear masks.

And just how long are we supposed to wear masks? Another year? Two years? Forever?

Not just no, but fuck no. And to hell with you health Nazis demanding it.

Francisco D said...

tcrosse said...
There are conflicting reports of Trump’s condition.

Actually there is the official report from his doctors and then there are the usual "anonymous sources".

I thought the one doc was somewhat evasive with the Press about oxygen treatment, but it seemed to be cleared up. I imagine that is a concern because people conflate respirators with oxygen treatment. I have oxygen treatment every night. It is called a C-Pap machine for sleep apnea. It is not a big deal.

I am getting the sense that the Democrats are trying to create a crisis atmosphere because they have to have that for their political operations.

hombre said...

If the moment seems “biblical” it is not for the reasons Dowd thinks. The Almighty may be taking out the people who can prevent the country from committing suicide. My Christian friends are praying for Trump’s recovery and Barrett’s confirmation. They also note that God ordered the Israelites to decimate those societies that sacrificed their children to Molech. We have now sacrificed 61 million unborn children at the altar of promiscuity.

We may get what we deserve with “plague” as God’s instrument.

hombre said...

Has Dowd bloviated about Cuomo the granny killer? I bet not.

Earnest Prole said...

It would be nice if Trump's political opponents would now demonstrate the graciousness Trump so sorely lacks, but for the love of God please don't whine if they don't -- it's unmanly.

Narayanan said...

How would this go down at debate:

whenever good people on both sides comes up -
Trump should ask Moderator and Biden -
do they agree that there are good people at both debate podiums/podia ?

NorthOfTheOneOhOne said...

Wince said...

If Trump emerges with immunity, while Biden remains in the basement, I look forward to Trump sucking on a balloon full of Covid and speaking with a squeaky voice.

If Trump emerges with immunity the Left will claim it was all faked and that Trump spent his two week quarantine at Walter Reed sipping Diet Coke and watching The Gorilla Channel.

Lucien said...

Jim at:

Was that a “Generation Kill” allusion?

Michael K said...

Blogger Earnest Prole said...
It would be nice if Trump's political opponents would now demonstrate the graciousness Trump so sorely lacks,


Too bad you cannot see that Trump is a counterpuncher and never attacks anyone until he has been attacked by them.

Amadeus 48 said...

Joe Biden looked old and fragile. Trump is going to come out of treatment and go into hyperdrive, and Biden 30 year old staffers are going out to buy Depends for him.

MoDo better start preparing her readers for Trump 2020: Triumph over the Universe-He Cannot be Stopped!

Readering said...

Here's where I come for my education on covid.

Nichevo said...


Big Mike said...
@Althouse, you realize that every time you read a column by Dowd you lose at least 15 IQ points?

10/3/20, 11:45 AM


Also, your snatch gets an inch wider.

Nichevo said...


Earnest Prole said...
It would be nice if Trump's political opponents would now demonstrate the graciousness Trump so sorely lacks, but for the love of God please don't whine if they don't -- it's unmanly.

10/3/20, 4:26 PM


I deny your premise about PDT's graciousness, but good gravy, why would anyone, on the side of right and virtue, whine about the Left acting like the jackals they are? Our only wish would be for everyone else to see it.

doctrev said...

What an absolutely vile woman. Is being disgusting in her blood?

Marcus said...

Mo Dowd hasn't been relevant in over a decade, if not longer. She writes from the perspective of a dried up woman who couldn't get a man. It shows.

THEOLDMAN

Right about now she's on her third gin and tonic.

Iman said...

Dowd and her tribe at NYT can go suck leprechaun johnsons in Hell.

Unknown said...

You cannot accurately say that Dowd "detailed" Joe Biden's performance when she only used the words "decent" and "fine" as descriptors.

Birkel said...

There is a lot of hate inside Readering.
I hope somebody releases that hatred.

walter said...

She hasnt been this wet for years.

Iman said...

10/3/20, 4:55 PM
Blogger Readering said...
Here's where I come for my education on covid


And here I’d thought you enjoyed the ridicule and being pissed on...

chuck said...

The silver lining of this Trump infection is that more people will now wear masks.

The silver lining of a Trump recovery is that fewer people will wear masks

stephen cooper said...

I find it interesting that Maureen Dowd crossed the victim blaming line here.

I remember back when one of the Kennedys was on trial for raping a teenager in Florida - we were told, by the pundits on the cable news, that the prosecutor was hard as nails, but the hard as nails prosecutor lost the case.

We were told the woman was drunk and did not understand that the young Kennedy (later a respected doctor in the Veterans Administration) was just "being a guy" when he told her, before the sexual act which was or was not criminal (that was what the trial was about), that he was a Kennedy and that he really liked her and she thought "well maybe I too will be a Kennedy someday" ----- and if I remember the cable news analysis correctly (but who among us remembers cable news analysis from the 80s correctly), the prosecutor did not get a conviction because a few old Floridian ladies on the jury "blamed the victim" for being a little too drunk and wearing skimpy clothes.

Funny to see Maureen Dowd blaming the victims. She always seemed misogynist - like so many bitter elderly fallen-away Catholic women.


That is not, by the way, a good look for someone who thinks of herself as an integral part of the election campaign for her fancy man: but that being said, it is not like there are many people who are not people who decided long ago to vote against Trump are reading the sad invective of poor Maureen. Misogyny and blaming the victim can win, when one is trying to convince a jury, because out of any group of 12 people there might be one or two who buy into misogyny and blaming the victim, but misogyny and blaming the victim are utter poison to the good-hearted swing voters in battleground states.

Anyway, nobody reads Maureen Dowd and then says, hey I loved Trump and now I no longer do! The poor woman is speaking into a void, and if she believes otherwise she is mistaken. Well paid, I grant you, but mistaken.

If you are reading this Maureen, say a rosary, and I promise you that if you do, I will be, if I am able, reciting the Joyful Mysteries right along with you. Particularly the decades of Presentation and the Finding at the Temple. Verb sap sufficit - Dieu nous aime tous, vous, moi, et aussi ton pauvre petit p*** - moi je m'en souviens ....... c'etait il y a longtemps, mais moi, je suis - je vous assure - un contemporain de ces gens la, je les aimais tous depuis il y a longtemps, depuis ... depuis .... quand les amis vous attendaient avec grand patience ....

Joe Smith said...

"Dowd and her tribe at NYT can go suck leprechaun johnsons in Hell."

She'll have to wait awhile...Readering is at the 'head' of the line...

Oops...sorry...that's the line for Biden.

Lem said...

Dave Portnoy the stool presidente tweeted 6hrs ago...

"When Trump who fits every at risk category known to man comes strutting out of the hospital trash talking how weak covid really is it will be the greatest day in the history of the stock market. #DDTG"

Lem said...

Interesting reading...

Can schadenfreude be virtuous?

daskol said...

I wonder how much longer the NYT will continue its tradition of a white Irish lady owning real estate in their op-Ed. I won’t bother checking, but at this point she’s got to have outlasted Quindlen, who was a better writer at least in this format (haven’t read her novels, although they sell). Go do something else, something interesting. The shtick is old, and the lady’s not getting any younger. Matabele run more Kevin columns.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

There's that word "undeniable" again. Over the last few decades, it has come to mean "I have little evidence, so I want to shut off debate by intimidating others." (See also obvious, undoubtedly, indisputable, etc.

Therapists, especially marriage therapists, are trained to listen for the words "always" and "never." Same thing.

Greg The Class Traitor said...

Yancey Ward said...
Reading the press this morning makes me take just a little seriously Michael Moore's conspiracy theory that Trump is faking his COVID diagnosis just for the showmanship value

Well, if Trump is out campaigning in the next two weeks, the Dems are screwed. Because that will put a knife through the heart of the "shutdown credo."

"Fat, out of shape 74 year old Trump got Covid-19, and it was no big deal. Vote the Democrats out of office and let's get on with life."

It's a winning argument

veni vidi vici said...

Reading that excerpt reminds me of why I don't read Maureen Dowdy: That is some egregiously overwritten prose. The hyper-affected dramatic turns of phrase actually stink of trying too hard; reeking is too tame a word for it.

I wonder if her cats even love her anymore, at her present age and ripeness.

Daniel Jackson said...

What a bitch. She used to be insufferable; now this.

Can't we all agree to turn her out to pasture and pray the Mad Cow will explode from her own methane buildup?

Drago said...

Isn't Maureen Dowd still using her picture from the 80's?

Drago said...

Birkel: "There is a lot of hate inside Readering.
I hope somebody releases that hatred."

The hatred crowds out historical knowledge, common sense and reason.

Crazy World said...

What happened to this person to make her so bitter and cynical? Did President Trump dump her?
Anyways, God Bless you Mr and Mrs President. F the haters

Aussie Pundit said...

Most of the 'ugliness' was caused by Wallace trying to out-alpha Trump. Wallace and Trump argued and talked over each other. The arguing was a sustained attempt by Wallace to stop Trump dominating, presumably because he didn't think Biden could.


But why? If Trump dominates, then he dominates. That's the outcome, and accept it for what it is.

If Trump is able to dominate Biden, then so be it. If it makes Trump look bad, then it's on him, and people can vote against him because of it. But let it happen.

info@ysb said...

Biden is 'fine'?
The last time Joe Biden ran for President he dropped out of the race in shame due to multiple cases of plagiarism. What's changed?

Bilwick said...
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Bay Area Guy said...

That hot-headed little red-head, Mo Dowd, is now - 68 years old?!!? (Born in '52).

She's older than Aunt Bea from the Andy Griffith show.

Shorter Mo Dowd - I'm angry at the world, 'cuz I don't have a boyfriend - and I blame Donald Trump!!!!'

Bilwick said...

"Jim" raised the question about--if Trump's illness is used by the pro-mask crowd as an argument for wearing masks-- how long are we supposed to go on wearing masks? "Another year? Two years? Forever?"

Reminds me of Sobran's Question, when the late libertarian journalist Joseph Sobran would ask "liberals" and other State-fellators, "So how long are we supposed to go on increasing statism?" Until there is zero liberty? Until the standard tax rate is eighty percent of one's income? Ninety percent? 100? Sobran said he never could get a straight answer on that.

Considering the pro-mask crowd appear to be "liberals"--as I call then, the Gang that Couldn't and Wouldn't Shoot Straight--Jim probably shouldn't wait around for a straight answer to his question either.  

Bob Loblaw said...

Dowd's mental illness is getting worse.

John Clifford said...

I marvel at how Dowd and other left-leaning journos can start using a lie as the premise and then build upon it... the lie be damned. As if Trump called dead soldiers losers and zeroes. If the premise is false, then what follows is invalidated. Except for propaganda purposes, which is the entire point of her article.