Maureen Dowd Decimates Turdblossom*

Fresh off getting her ass kicked all over the New York Times op-ed page by Public Editor Clary Hoytt last wekeend, MoDo today decided to get her mojo working again by kicking Karl Rove’s ass all over the New York Times op-ed page. Rove is back in the news due to some head-scratching comments he made at the Capitol Hill Club on Monday:

Even if you never met him, you know this guy. He’s the guy at the country club with the beautiful date, holding a martini and a cigarette that stands against the wall and makes snide comments about everyone who passes by.

As Dowd notes, with trademark snark, “Actually, that sounds more like W”. But furthermore, this new line of attack shows that conservatives still don’t know how to go after Obama. First he was a sleeper, crypto-Muslim who was going to unleash the marauding Muslim hordes and/or the brothers to destroy America. Now he’s the ultimate insider, a kool kid who never had to work for anything and takes pleasure in belittling others. Dowd again:

Obama can be aloof and dismissive at times, and he’s certainly self-regarding, carrying the aura of the Ivy faculty club. But isn’t that better than the aura of the country clubs that tried to keep out blacks? It’s ironic, and maybe inevitable, that the first African-American nominee comes across as a prince of privilege. He is, as Leon Wieseltier of The New Republic wrote, not the seed but the flower of the civil rights movement.

Unlike W., Obama doesn’t have a chip on his shoulder and he doesn’t make a lot of snarky remarks. He tries to stay on a positive keel and see things from the other person’s point of view.

He’s not Richie Rich, saved time and again by Daddy’s influence and Daddy’s friends, the one who got waved into Yale and Harvard and cushy business deals, who drank too much and snickered at the intellectuals and gave them snide nicknames.

Obama is the outsider who never really knew his dad and who grew up in modest circumstances, the kid who had to work hard to charm whites and build a life with blacks and step up to the smarty-pants set.

He might be smoking, but it would be at a cafe, hunched over a New York Times, an Atlantic magazine, his MacBook and some organic fruit-flavored tea, listening to Bob Dylan’s “Blood on the Tracks” on his iPod.

I can do without the standard liberal caricature at the end there, but what comes before it is spot on. Obama’s story is actually much more in line with what’s typically thought of as the American Dream, whereas George W. Bush is a descendant of one of Americas most elite and enduring political dynasties.

Dowd closes out with this:

Rove’s mythmaking about Obama won’t fly. If he means that Obama has brains, what’s wrong with that? If he means that Obama is successful, what’s wrong with that? If he means that Obama has education and intellectual sophistication, what’s wrong with that?

Many of Obama’s traits are the traits that people in the population aspire to.

Indeed they are and that’s why, we should all hope, that ridiculous smears like those being pushed by Rove will not gain any footing during this election season.

*If you need background on the nickname, check this out.


~ by uvasig on June 26, 2008.

2 Responses to “Maureen Dowd Decimates Turdblossom*”

  1. Having the guy that inflicted the Scion of Prescott on us claiming that Barack is elitist is a real stretch. The Republicans are going to get desperate when all their standard attacks fall short.

  2. “He is, as Leon Wieseltier of The New Republic wrote, not the seed but the flower of the civil rights movement.”

    That Leon is quite the sage. Just think. If he hadn’t said that, everyone would have thought that Obama himself marks the beginning of the civil rights movement.

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