Typing like cats and dogs: For more than a decade, Maureen Dowd has built her weird political vision around a particular notion:
Democratic men are a big bunch of girls. Dem women act like men!
Dowd was fixed on this view by early in Campaign 2000. This was its most famous expression:
DOWD (6/16/99): Al Gore is so feminized and diversified and ecologically correct, he's practically lactating.As the years rolled by, Democratic men kept acting like girls, Dem women kept seeming like men. And sure enough! In early 2008, Candidate Obama didn’t fail to comply. On two occasions, Dowd described him as “the diffident debutante.” Other such musings abounded.
After years of this addled crap, the hammer finally fell. In June 2008, public editor Clark Hoyt savaged Dowd for “the relentless nature of her gender-laden assault on [Hillary] Clinton,” while noting the way Dowd kept criticizing Obama for his “feminine” style.
See THE DAILY HOWLER, 6/23/08.
Hoyt savaged Dowd, and she stopped all the crap. This morning, the silly is back:
DOWD (9/26/12): In a world of dogs, diplomatically speaking, Obama is a cat. Just as he suffered from his standoffish approach with Congress, donors and his base, our feline president can be oblivious to the neediness of other less Zen leaders.This morning, Obama is “feline” again. That means he does things like a girl.
At this point, no—this doesn’t matter. But Maureen Dowd simply can’t bottle it up. She’s just a full-blown gender nut, as Hoyt correctly observed.