Mo Dowd Shows Bullies How it's Done – UPDATE

Bullying and the Tolerance Disconnect have been subjects brought very much to the fore, thanks to recent tragic events. It is a serious subject that deserves to be defined in serious terms and discussed in serious tones.

Maureen Dowd, ever attuned to the cultural narrative (though increasingly unable to comprehend it) has glommed on the notion of bullies; she has taken this very sober topic and rendered it–as she frequently does–into cartoon and caricature. She then casts her Candyland perspective into the political arena. This is Mo Dowd’s modus operandi; glad-hand a cultural moment and then use it to make a facile, often distorted, always-divisive argument that has less to do with reality than with giving too full a rein to whatever bizarre Pratchettian imp has taken up residence within her skull.

We are in the era of Republican Mean Girls, grown-up versions of those teenage tormentors who would steal your boyfriend, spray-paint your locker and, just for good measure, spread rumors that you were pregnant.

Projecting much?

Last week I noted that bullies will happily spread lies about their victim, or willfully misrepresent them, and that they will do this with great gusto “. . .before the largest possible audience of mindless, guffawing creeps, who will applaud and validate the dubious wit of the bully, and perhaps even join in the abuse.”

So, Miss Dowd, who once deliberately and happily lied about President George W. Bush by willfully misrepresented him to her audience, is today lecturing us about “mean girls,” who happen to be Republican women making inroads against her beloved Democrats. Miss Dowd, the lady who wrote a book wondering if an entire gender “was really necessary,”–the lady who has admitted that she wants to rip the face off of Frosty the Snowman–is “feeling jittery” about mean girls whose opinions differ from those of her NOW-sanctioned sisterhood of “strong” (or, if it’s politically-expedient, “quite weak”) authentic women.

As I sat above the Hoover Dam under the broiling sun, I was getting jittery.

There was Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona, speaking at the dedication of a bridge linking Arizona and Nevada 890 feet above the Colorado River.

As the politicians droned on and my Irish skin turned toasty brown, I worried that Governor Brewer might make a citizen’s arrest and I would have to run for my life across the desert. She has, after all, declared open season on anyone with a suspicious skin tone in her state.

Okay, that is so stupid (and inaccurate; pasty-faced Irish do not turn “a toasty brown;” 52 years of sunburns talking, here!) that it needn’t even be addressed seriously. The gist is, Dowd is “scared” of the “mean girls” who are daring to talk back to their betters. With typical venom Dowd, unable to spread a rumor that Brewer is pregnant, opts to imply that she is a racist.

Then she sets her sites on another (GOP) female politician, senate candidate Sharon Angle and plays to the official Democrat narratives: the mean “outspoken Christian” was beating up on Harry Reid, the “soft-spoken Mormon.”

Mormons are mostly hated distrusted* by the Democrats, the left and the media–but as with everything else with the press–the “right sort” of Mormon will get a few nods for expediency’s sake; Dowd watches a debate between two rough-and-tumble politicians and finds herself fearing the strong woman over the warm and fuzzy man, whose entire sex, let us remember, may not actually be necessary:

“Man up, Harry Reid,” Sharron Angle taunted him at their Las Vegas debate here Thursday night. That’s not an idle insult, coming from a woman who campaigns at times with a .44 Magnum revolver in her 1989 GMC pickup.

Ohhh, scary emasculating girls! Maureen Dowd has never liked them before!

The “tart” Angle, whose demeanor and rhetoric only needed a D after her name to become acceptably dominant, seemed to–if local papers are to be believed–won the debate with her opponent. And that made Dowd “jittery” all over again:

After the debate was over, Angle scurried away and so did I — in a different direction. I was feeling jittery again. If she saw me, she might take away my health insurance and spray-paint my locker.

All that “scurrying” away, all those jitters! Poor “strong woman” Maureen Dowd! Pounding from her exalted and rather powerful pulpit, she beats out a rhythm of falsehood, distortion, and passive-aggressive bullying, while painting herself and another “strong woman” as frenzied wee beasties, one a casino-red-lipsticked (and probably rabid) sort of rat, and the other a fearful, oh-so-vulnerable widdle mousie in danger of being eaten up, or stomped upon by the mean, mean women coming to Washington.

Her discreet rodent imagery might have been more effective, and more accurate, if she had managed to deploy it back when American voters found their vociferously-expressed wishes being stomped on by their Democrat “representatives” in Washington who then, like rats, scurried away from their own “yeas” and their own speaker and president, when it came time to scrounge for votes, again.

In defining bullies, I wrote:

Some–if they are particularly adept at bullying or have a peculiar inclination toward the vicious, will invest a little time and energy into pretending to be the hapless victim’s friend, awaiting the chance to betray and humiliate the victim before the largest possible audience of mindless, guffawing creeps, who will applaud and validate the dubious wit of the bully, and perhaps even join in the abuse.

One could argue that the people entrusted with great power by their naive victims, and who used it to force through unwanted and ruinous legislation against their wills, have met the definition.

The American people have figured out who the bullies are. Maureen Dowd played the “meanie” card today, but she played it poorly.

Which is surprising, considering how nimbly she lives it.

Dana Perino: Mean Maureen
Ed Driscoll
Ann Althouse
Quotes of the Day
Jennifer Rubin
Little Miss Attila: writing before Dowd’s piece but making a good point
; Whore is as Whore Does

UPDATE: Melissa Clouthier snags an interview with a columnist who wields the smartest of pens, the clear-thinking P.J. O’Rourke. Don’t miss it.

Ahem…speaking of clear-thinking.

Still more clarity and still more

Allahpundit, noting Dowd is not “handling this Mama Grizzlies thing too well,” has has related quotes of the day!

“Hate” is a strong word; don’t wish to overuse it.

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  • CGHill

    MoDo, like too many of her “sisters,” will forgive anyone anything so long as the ersatz “right” to vacuum out one’s womb at any time, preferably at taxpayer expense, is preserved.

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  • shana


    Did Mo say something interesting?

    That’s what I thought……


  • Laura

    If she’s that worried about protecting her skin, she can pull that abaya she wore in Saudi Arabia out of the closet and wear it.

  • kt

    The “toasty brown irish skin” line was not merely stupid, but a massive red flag signaling the personal denial that compels Dowd to such nastiness. Spreading rumors of pregnancy? This article was completely about the hangups of Maureen Dowd, she of the “men are unnecessary” school. I shall say no more.

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  • Rob Crawford

    MoDo says she’s worried that Angle will cancel her health insurance — um, wasn’t it a Dem law that has resulted in insurance being canceled all over the country? Angle is more likely to say “your insurance is none of my business” and let MoDo keep the coverage she already has.

    These people are delusional.

  • Beatrix

    She has a Pulitzer. How can that be?

  • Andrew B

    I have been trying to figure out Maureen Dowd for some time. The best I can figure is this–she is handsome, smart, talented and accomplished. She holds down one of the most coveted posts in journalism and, from all appearances, doesn’t have to work very hard to keep it. So why is she so filled with venom?

    I will use her own “mean girls” explanation. She is the smart–but really annoying–girl who writes for the school paper. She uses her little pulpit to condemn the cheerleaders, the Math Club and that bitch who stole the role of Nelly Forbush from her in the drama club version of “South Pacific”. She slanders, gossips and backstabs in the service of “truth”, and then sits in the cafeteria with the zitty losers of her salon and basks in their praise.

    The conservative cause in 2010 is graced with a selection of bright, talented (and, to be completely honest) really hot women. How that must torture Maureen and the Not-So-In Crowd.

  • JAL

    After the snide evil race mongering misrepresentation of the Arizona attempt to control the imminent chaos of the open borders Maureen goes on and writes:

    Even sober and smiling beneath her girlish bangs, the 61-year-old Angle had the slightly threatening air of the inebriated lady in a country club bar…

    Someone needs to teach Maureen some manners.

    She seems to have a civility disability. The issues are irrelevant.

    Funny how the “progressives” are dissing all over the conservative and libertarian women who are making huge marks on the entrenched’s maps.

  • Feeney

    I wonder if the country is finally turning away from this shallow, man-disdaining “feminism” that has afflicted us for so many years. Interesting that it is the conservative women that are telling men to “man up”. The “progressive” women certainly do not want men behaving like men. I am happy to see a bunch of outspoken Margaret Thatchers out there. Maureen Dowd? A hag.

  • Trump

    I so tire of these children.

    One day, enough people will feel the same way.

    Then the children had better run. Fast.

  • Jeff

    Maureen Dowd is an anti-male feminist. She has dated herself many times over by now. She is about as relevant as Gloria Steinem.

    I also predict she will come back to Catholicism in the near future. It will allow her to make herself relevant again.

  • Thomas Aquinas

    After Joan Baez, Yoko Ono, and Hillary Clinton, liberals have grown accustomed to seeing their women folk making it on the coattails of their male partners.

  • Thomas Aquinas

    Dowd writes:

    “Man up, Harry Reid,” Sharron Angle taunted him at their Las Vegas debate here Thursday night. That’s not an idle insult, coming from a woman who campaigns at times with a .44 Magnum revolver in her 1989 GMC pickup.

    Reid has said in his ads that Angle is nuts. If he can dish it out, he better as hell know how to take it. By trying to paint him as a “victim,” Dowd just makes Angle’s point: Reid must be held accountable and stop seeking cover from his bootlicking sychophants at the New York Times.

  • Jeff

    And yes that “toasty brown” line was just weird. Everyone knows that a person with Irish skin gets red in the sun.

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  • Doc

    Someone in a Georgia Tech engineering department restroom wrote on each sheet of toilet paper, “GA Tech MBA FREE Take One”. I think the same thing can be done in the New York Times, substituting Pulitzer for the MBA. If Dowd and other NYT hacks can get one, what could a Pulitzer be worth?

  • CV

    I liked Dana Perino’s comment about MoDo’s latest. Perino mentioned that she was talking with a friend about Dowd’s columns and the friend said, “you know, you don’t have to read her anymore. You graduated.”


    It’s interesting that Dowd is trotting out this lame “mean girls” meme right now (it’s also been picked up by Gail Sheehy over at the Daily Beast (“The GOP’s Ruthless Clique.” Pot, kettle and all that, ladies?)

    Obama is attempting to herd squirrels (I mean young voters) back into the trap, black voters are being urged to “stand with Obama!” (as if that’s all that matters) and now female voters are being hustled into believing that the mean girls (GOP women) are picking on them!

    Such deep respect for the electorate! Can’t imagine WHY this party is tanking…

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