View Full Version : Maureen Dowd turning on Obama???

06-03-2012, 06:47 AM
Looks like a bit of disenchantment to me.


<span style='font-size: 23pt'>Dreaming of a Superhero</span>

ON Friday night, the nation’s capital was under a tornado watch. And that was the best thing that happened to the White House all week.

As the president was being slapped by Mitt Romney for being too weak on national security, he was being rapped by a Times editorial for being too aggressive on national security.

A Times article by Jo Becker and Scott Shane revealed that the liberal law professor who campaigned against torture and the Iraq war now personally makes the final decisions on the “kill list,” targets for drone strikes. “A unilateral campaign of death is untenable,” the editorial asserted.

On Thursday, Bill Clinton once more telegraphed that he considers Obama a lightweight who should not have bested his wife. Bluntly contradicting the Obama campaign theme that Romney is a heartless corporate raider, Clinton told CNN that the Republican’s record at Bain was “sterling.”

Covering a humorous W. at the unveiling of his portrait, the White House press actually seemed nostalgic for the president who bollixed up Afghanistan, Iraq, Katrina and the economy — a sure sign that the Obama magic is flagging.

On Friday, an ugly job market report led to the stock market’s worst day of the year. As the recovery flat-lined, the president conceded to a crowd at a Honeywell factory in Golden Valley, Minn., that “our economy is still facing some serious headwinds” and getting sucked further into Europe’s sinkhole. In depressing imagery for the start of the summer campaign, cable channels carried the red Dow arrow pointing down while Obama spoke; the Dow wiped out all of its 2012 gains.

The president who started off with such dazzle now seems incapable of stimulating either the economy or the voters. His campaign is offering Obama 2012 car magnets for a donation of $10; cat collars reading “I Meow for Michelle” for $12; an Obama grill spatula for $40, and discounted hoodies and T-shirts. How the mighty have fallen.

Once glowing, his press is now burning. “To a very real degree, 2008’s candidate of hope stands poised to become 2012’s candidate of fear,” John Heilemann wrote in New York magazine, noting that because Obama feels he can’t run on his record, his campaign will resort to nuking Romney.

In his new book, “A Nation of Wusses,” the Democrat Ed Rendell, the former governor of Pennsylvania, wonders how “the best communicator in campaign history” lost his touch.

The legendary speaker who drew campaign crowds in the tens of thousands and inspired a dispirited nation ended up nonchalantly delegating to a pork-happy Congress, disdaining the bully pulpit, neglecting to do any L.B.J.-style grunt work with Congress and the American public, and ceding control of his narrative.

As president, Obama has never felt the need to explain or sell his signature pieces of legislation — the stimulus and health care bills — or stanch the flow of false information from the other side.

“The administration lost the communications war with disastrous consequences that played out on Election Day 2010,” Rendell writes, and Obama never got credit for the two pieces of legislation where he reached for greatness.

The president had lofty dreams of playing the great convener and conciliator. But at a fund-raiser in Minneapolis, he admitted he’s just another combatant in a capital full of Hatfields and McCoys. No compromises, just nihilism.

If he wins the election, “the fever may break,” he said. “My hope, my expectation, is that after the election, now that it turns out that the goal of beating Obama doesn’t make much sense because I’m not running again, that we can start getting some cooperation again.”

In his new biography, “Barack Obama: The Story,” David Maraniss writes that a roommate of the young Obama compared him to Walker Percy’s protagonist in “The Moviegoer”: an observer of his life, one step removed.

Obama’s boss at his community organizing job in Chicago, Jerry Kellman, observed: “He was not unwilling to take risks, but was just this strange combination of someone who would have to weigh everything to death, and then take a dramatic risk at the end. He was reluctant to do confrontation, to push the other side because it might blow up — and it might. But one thing Alinsky did understand was that within reason, once something blows up, to a certain degree it doesn’t hurt, it helps.”

Maraniss’s book depicts Obama on an intense odyssey of self-discovery, moving toward defining himself less as a half-white man with white girlfriends than as a black man who wanted to be part of a black community.

His New York girlfriend, Genevieve Cook, told Maraniss that Obama confessed to her that “he felt like an impostor. Because he was so white. There was hardly a black bone in his body.” When she predicted that his future might be with a black woman — “That lithe, bubbly, strong black lady is waiting somewhere!” she wrote in her journal — he told her “he doubted there were any black women he would feel truly comfortable with. I would tell him, ‘No, she is out there.’ ”

He wanted to get out of the corporate world he found so distasteful — he described himself as “a spy behind enemy lines” — and reimagine himself as a politician.

On CNBC on Friday, Romney complained that Obama has “been more focused on his perspective of his historic legislative achievements than he has been focused on getting people back to work.”

A president focused on historic achievements? Imagine that. But in his lame way, Romney got at Obama’s problem: The Moviegoer prefers to float above, at a reserve, in grandiose mists.

As Maraniss recounts, Obama said he liked reading Hemingway because of Papa’s “integrity of grasping for those times, those visions, that are ones of true magnificence and profundity.”

Cook told Maraniss that she thought Obama’s desire to “play out a superhero life” was “a very strong archetype in his personality.”

But superheroes and mythic figures must boldly lead. Obama’s caution — ingrained from a life of being deserted by his father and sometimes his mother, and of being, as he wrote to another girlfriend, “caught without a class, a structure, or tradition to support me” — has restrained him at times.

In some ways, he’s still finding himself, too absorbed to see what’s not working. But the White House is a very hard place to go on a vision quest, especially with a storm brewing.

Gayle in MD
06-03-2012, 07:22 AM

06-03-2012, 12:01 PM
Maureen Dowd is an equal opportunity hater, who hates almost everyone. She's always had her knives sharpened for any big Democratic politician, without exception. It's only that she occasionally targets the GOP or the right that makes her seem liberal or left, but if you review her body of work going back to the attacks on Clinton and Gore if not well before that, she especially targets Democrats. And the NY Times prints her psycho-babble drivel.*

However, to TURN on him, she would have had to be some kind of down the line supporter in the past, as opposed to a snarky attacker of him regularly. She HAS been a snarky regular attacker of him, so this is par for the course.

*She used to feature columns where Gore had an internal dialogue with his balding spot in the mirror, e.g., during the 2000 election season. Possibly a student of Alinsky, her typical attack is based on error-filled sarcasm and ridicule-- AGAINST DEMOCRATS.

06-03-2012, 05:21 PM
Some seem to disagree.

Personally I think Dowd is an idiot and would do the world a favor by not breeding.

06-04-2012, 10:28 AM
Even liberals who should know better think she is on their side, once she does a column or two against the GOP or the right.

The GOP or the right see that occasional blast against them as proof she is wholly liberal-leaning.

Both such reactions miss the totality of her body of work, which is overly cute by half imaginings of internal dialogues of her targets/victims, which are tendentious and half-baked at best.

So, if you look back, you'll find her 'turning' on Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, etc., but it isn't 'turning' at all, but using what she thinks is edgy cleverness and getting publicity from outrageous language supposedly against her leanings. But those ARE her leanings-- stick a knife in peoples' backs, for fun and profit.

06-04-2012, 03:41 PM
Here's some Maureen Dowd quotations, BEFORE she supposedly NOW "turns on Obama."

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> If the point of the stories about Edwards' wealth is to delegitimize his arguments on behalf of the poor, the haircut obsession is designed to feminize the candidate and thereby undermine his credentials as macho-man for presidentwhich are, by the way, those deemed to be the most important by the media. . . . Maureen Dowd use[s] the term "Breck Girl." . . . <span style='font-size: 14pt'>Dowd also accuses Obama of preening like a "46-year-old virgin," demonstrating "loose" body language and being "hung up on being seen as thoughtful," while secretly fearing being seen as 'a dumb blond.'"</span> Still, it's a kind of progress over her Gore coverage.
Eric Alterman, the Nation (9/13/07)

In March 2004, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd highlighted the "Breck Girl" label as an example of the "nasty Republican habit of portraying opponents as less than fully masculine." Still, its a habit she cant kick: She has used the phrase "Breck Girl" four times in three columns since thennot to mention <span style='font-size: 14pt'>countless other occasions when she has compared Barack Obama to Scarlett OHara or called him "Obambi"</span> or otherwise indulged her own "nasty habit."
Media Matters (3/9/07)

I'm still puzzled that Maureen Dowd devoted so many words in her Sunday column to informing readers that she was a messy eater and a fan of good ol' American BBQ sauce before <span style='font-size: 14pt'>launching into a discussion of Obama and his staffers' latest alleged problem: appearing "effete and vaguely foreignthe same unflattering light that doomed Michael Dukakis and John Kerry."</span>

She doesn't tell us that Obama looks wiry and is chomping gum to ward off cigarette cravingsthat wouldn't fit her stereotype.

Christina Larson, Washington Monthly (3/10/08)

<span style='font-size: 14pt'>Back in March, Dowd's Obama was "effete." Today, she goes for something more vivid, likening him to a "diffident debutante."</span>

Not yet up to Al Gore is "practically lactating" snuff. But give her time.
Liz Cox Barrett, Columbia Journalism Review (5/14/08)

06-04-2012, 03:53 PM
Obama is a manchild ... The left has their knickers in a collective wad only because Ow pointed it out.

06-04-2012, 06:52 PM
Shuh, whatever.

My point is she 'turned' on him in '07, not recently. Hardly a die-hard supporter until now.