Is Maureen Dowd a Good Witch, or a Bad Witch? by mattsteinglass
January 24, 2007, 12:31 pm
Filed under: United States

Good witch:

The city was riveted by opening statements in the Scooter Libby trial, where the aspens were turning but not in clusters.

Beautiful, densely textured snark – snark rising to the level of an elegy for an era. Rich historical textual references, ambiguous subtexts. Roland Barthes could write a book about it.

Bad witch:

She [Hillary] simply lectured him [Gen. Petraeus] crisply on her belated discovery that the administration has a “dead-end” and “blank check” policy, as she tried to seem like the kind of gal who could command the most powerful military on earth. This is odd from someone who is running infomercials on her Web site promising “a conversation.”

Commanding a military precludes having conversations? What kind of weirdly internalized gynophobia-cum-anti-rationalism is that? I’m not sure whether to approach this from the standpoint of Betty Friedan or of Karl Popper.


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