Monday, December 10, 2007

Maureen Dowd Plays Dowdy Dorothy in Wizard of Washington

Maureen Dowd wrote an almost-good article about Mitt Romney’s recent speech regarding Mormonism and how it should or shouldn’t figure into the vote for the U.S. president. Not wanting to take the weight of opinion entirely upon herself, she quoted some lines from a conversation she had with John Krakauer , the best-selling author of a book about the Mormon religion called “Under the Banner of Heaven.”

“J.F.K.’s speech was to reassure Americans that he wasn’t a religious fanatic,” she quotes Krakauer. “Mitt’s was to tell evangelical Christians, ‘I’m a religious fanatic just like you.’

The drift of Dowd’s editorial was that Romney wasn’t exactly like the first Catholic president, JFK, who also faced religious disapprobation. That’s true if you interpret the concept as narrowly as she does, but it’s an interesting editorial nonetheless and makes for interesting reading.

The reason Dowd’s article is not entirely good is that all of the Jacks Jump Out of the Boxes when she attacks Republicans by declaring:

The world is globalizing, nuclear weapons are proliferating, the Middle East is seething, but Republicans are still arguing the Scopes trial.”

Correct me if I’m wrong but aren’t Democrats (with the notable exception of Joe Lieberman) embarked on a campaign of appeasement, acquiescence, and surrender on nuclear weapons and the Middle East? As to why “globalizing” is a demon which must be addressed, I’m completely puzzled by her inclusion of that concept in the same breath and sentence as nuclear weapons. Doesn’t a rising tide lift most, if not all, boats? Maybe Maureen’s the Dowdy Dorothy from the Backward Province she mentions in the first line of her partisan attack.

As for the Scopes trial illusion, I would say that arguing about Surrender Monkeys is not the same thing as arguing about evolution.

Someone should tell her.

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