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Maureen Dowd: Michelle making White House and Dems wince

MoDo's Michelle mojo ain't all that apparently:

In politics and pop culture, optics are all. And Michelle's optics sent a message that likely made some in the White House and the Democratic Party wince.

She seemed to be gigging her husband a bit: I'm going to do what I want to do. I can't worry about whether it gives the Tea Partiers ammo or makes Democrats (including you) campaigning against the excesses of the rich look hypocritical. Even if the country is sliding into a double-dip recession, I'm going abroad to a five-star hotel on Air Force Two and give a boost to another country's economy.

To defray possible criticism of their upcoming 10-day trip to Martha's Vineyard, Michelle belatedly agreed to a weekend family vacation on Florida's gulf coast. On Friday, Spanish police closed a public beach for the American entourage. If Michelle had wanted a closed beach, she could have headed to our gulf sooner. There are plenty of multi-star hotels there, and she and the girls could have cleaned a few pelicans.

Pretty snarky.  Surprisingly so.

They're eating their young.

I'm loving it.

Keep it up Dems.

I can see November from my back yard.


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Comments (13)

Gonna have to stock up on t... (Below threshold)

Gonna have to stock up on the popcorn. This getting to be fun. Hopefully they will turn on people like Modo too.

They'll criticize, but no m... (Below threshold)

They'll criticize, but no matter what they'll still support and vote for Obama.

SIX vacations since the fir... (Below threshold)

SIX vacations since the first of July.

Any comment from the FMSM?

Nothing like Barry just giving the finger to the public. His fans adore him and He knows that they'll be back for Him in 2012.

Michelle CAN'T hurt the Dem... (Below threshold)
Sir Toby Belch:

Michelle CAN'T hurt the Dems as much that
rotten Boehner will hurt the Pubs....you
know, that guy with the blasphemous TAN!

Never would have guessed it... (Below threshold)
Sir Toby Belch:

Never would have guessed it....Modo is now
officially a racist!

That's a reach, even for yo... (Below threshold)

That's a reach, even for you Toby.

Maureen must have forgotten... (Below threshold)

Maureen must have forgotten Barry is the One for a moment.

They're eating their you... (Below threshold)

They're eating their young.

Of all the posts on my little blog, this one,   "...and the sharks will come." gets the most hits by far.

Every now and then, I run across more evidence backing it up.

This is just the latest.

Mo Dowd found she could alw... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Mo Dowd found she could always get some press if she criticizes a prominent Democrat back in the Clinton days. Nice take-down of Michelle, but it is really just the low-hanging fruit of the damage being done.

I must disagree with GarandFan @ #3, though: while Obama will still carry 90% or more of the black vote, the young white voters and women who provided his margin in 2008 will either not show up or be on the other side. Most of them have bills to pay, and must live in the real world instead of some fantasy land where all your vacations are free.

MoDo's just being her usual... (Below threshold)

MoDo's just being her usual catty self. She snipes at Michelle and defends Barack (and even gets in a good "Bush's fault" quote) in the same post. For a woman who questions whether men are necessary at all, she sure does love her some Barack.

When the dyed old grey lady... (Below threshold)

When the dyed old grey lady only has one snarky line in her drivel slamming Bush, you know things aren't going well for the Obamas.

Honestly, Rick - reading Mo... (Below threshold)

Honestly, Rick - reading MoDo is a waste of time, unless you like emotion-driven, mostly content-free drivel.

and the White House thinks ... (Below threshold)

and the White House thinks Michelle Obama can help candidates this fall ... riiiight ....






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