Sunday, January 13, 2013

Maureen then and now (updated)

A mere two months ago, this is what Maureen Dowd had to say when rumors were circulating that President Obama might nominate an African American woman (Susan Rice) to be Secretary of State.
OUR Rice is better than your Rice.

That’s the argument Democrats are aggressively making against Republicans.

And it’s true. Condi Rice sold her soul. Susan Rice merely rented hers on the talk shows one Sunday in September...

Some have wondered if Rice, who has a bull-in-a-china-shop reputation, is diplomatic enough for the top diplomatic job. But she would have been wise to be more bull-in-a-china-shop and vet her talking points, given that members of the intelligence and diplomatic communities and sources in news accounts considered it [Benghazi] a terrorist attack days before Rice went on the shows... 
Writing in a 2002 book about President Clinton’s failure to intervene in the genocide in Rwanda, Samantha Power, now a National Security Council official, suggested that Rice was swayed by domestic politics when, as a rising star at the N.S.C. who would soon become Clinton’s director for African affairs, she mused about the ’94 midterms, “If we use the word ‘genocide’ and are seen as doing nothing, what will be the effect on the November election?”
(Side note: What Dowd leaves out of that talk about Power and Rice is that they were so disturbed by the fact that the U.S. did nothing to stop the "genocide" in Rawanda that they teamed up to convince President Obama to intervene in Libya as Gaddafi was marching towards Benghazi promising to kill millions .)

That's just a taste - but you get the idea. Dowd basically trashed Susan Rice on the editorial pages of the New York Times.

And then a mere two months later, here's Dowd today.
President Obama ran promoting women’s issues.

But how about promoting some women?...

It’s passing strange that Obama, carried to a second term by women, blacks and Latinos, chooses to give away the plummiest Cabinet and White House jobs to white dudes.
As I pointed out the other day, its clear from this that Dowd buys in to the patriarchal idea that the Secretaries of State and Defense are "the plummiest Cabinet" jobs.

But it is also mind-boggling that she lacks the insight to see just how twisted it is to use right-wing rumors to trash an African American woman who might be under consideration for one of those "plummiest" jobs  and then turn around and trash the President for not appointing a woman.

I've suggested before that Maureen Dowd is an anti-feminist. And here you have it folks...cold hard proof.

UPDATE: I see that Sarah, Proud and Tall takes on the same Dowd-idiocy over at Balloon Juice. Her response is short and to the point.
Go fuck yourself, Maureen, you fucking arsehole.
If there is a perfect antidote to anti-feminism - that's probably it ;-)

4 comments:

  1. I hope Hillary runs for president and gets elected just to watch Maureen Dowd's head explode. She's the worst.

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  2. Sorry, can't buy into that scenario. Never would have voted for her if she had run. Just not into the Clinton's.Once was enough.

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  3. Someone should tell Maureen that the president is married. She needs to let it go. If she keeps this up, people will start thinking New York Times is harboring hacks.

    Everytime I see her, David Brooks, or any one of their clown associates, I'm reminded of a scene from "Fullmetal Jacket." "Did your parents have any children that lived?"

    Vic78

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  4. Amen, Vic78.

    I've said this a number of times and she continues to make the same presentation. She comes off like a smitten yet spurned fan girl. And, because she believes herself spurned, the acid tongued passive-aggression will NOT stop.

    And, Ms. Pants, you bring it on home pointing out her anti-feminism. THANK YOU for paying her some attention so that many of us won't have to.

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