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Go west Maureen Dowd

The New York Times columnist needs some remedial lessons in US Geography. In her Sunday column Ms Dowd wrote-

They(The Republican party) have a tradition of nominating fun, bantamweight cheerleaders from the West, like the previous Miss Congeniality types Dan Quayle and W., and then letting them learn on the job. So they crash into the globe a few times while they're learning to drive, what's the big deal?
Maybe Maureen should have checked a globe, otherwise she wouldn't sound like a New Yorker so much. The traditional boundary for east and west in the US is the Mississippi river. Dan Quayle was from Indiana, clearly east of the Mississippi.

Also since when have there been weight classifications for cheerleading? If there were the same for columnists, the insufferable Maureen Dowd based on her intellect(not weight) would come in no better than a lightweight. I read liberal columnists regularly, Dowd has never impressed me. Actually I find it almost impossible to finish a column of hers without my eyes glazing over.

Hat tip- Ann Althouse


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Comments (9)

...not everyone gets to cla... (Below threshold)
rodney dill:

...not everyone gets to claim gaining public office by being married to a sitting president.

make that 'gaining public o... (Below threshold)
rodney dill:

make that 'gaining public office experience'

I guess talk of invading Pa... (Below threshold)

I guess talk of invading Pakistan and Iran being a "small", non-threatening country doesn't qualify as "crashing into the globe".

Someone needs to remind her... (Below threshold)

Someone needs to remind her that the last three times the Dems won the White House, their VP's were from Tennessee and Minnesota, both states that, unlike Indiana, actually border the Mississippi River.

Let's see how those recent eastern seaboard VP picks have fared:

1984: Ferraro (NY) - loss
2000: Leiberman (CT) - loss
2004: Kerry (MA) - loss
2008: Biden (DE) - ???

Maureen Dowd tries h... (Below threshold)

Maureen Dowd tries her best to be funny. And she is no friend of the Dems. Her schtick is:

"While covering the first President Bush, Dowd began her signature "cultural profiles" of public figures. When she asked Bush about his favorite music, literature and movies, he famously accused her of "putting him on the couch."

"But her aim with the cultural profiles was to deepen understanding of public figures through character studies, not fuzz things up with psychobabble."

She has skewered Clinton, gored Al and reduced Bush to a kid. She takes no prisoners. AND she ridiculed Palin. Dowd has also written negative pieces about Obama. Me thinks that she is a bit jealous of Sarah's hunk. *grin*

Dowd lives in one of Hussei... (Below threshold)

Dowd lives in one of Hussein O's extra 7 states. It's the one called 'denial', and the education system was poor at best. She vacations in the one(s) called 'Sleeze' or Slime.

they do have weight classif... (Below threshold)

they do have weight classifications for cheerleaders--varsity and junior varsity...and if you're really big, you're in marching band.

When one lives in DOWDland,... (Below threshold)

When one lives in DOWDland, anything west of the Hudson river is considered WEST....

And people wonder if liberals live in an alternate reality. jeeee.. I wonder

> The traditional bound... (Below threshold)

> The traditional boundary for east and west in the US is the Mississippi river.

Depends on which tradition you follow. I've often read things where areas in and around Chicago were considered to be "the West". I think those were from the 1950s and earlier.

> When one lives in DOWDland, anything west of the Hudson river is considered WEST....

No argument!






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