February 27, 2005


W.'s Stiletto Democracy (MAUREEN DOWD, 2/27/05, NY Times)

It was remarkable to see President Bush lecture Vladimir Putin on the importance of checks and balances in a democratic society.

Remarkably brazen, given that the only checks Mr. Bush seems to believe in are those written to the "journalists" Armstrong Williams, Maggie Gallagher and Karen Ryan, the fake TV anchor, to help promote his policies. The administration has given a whole new meaning to checkbook journalism, paying a stupendous $97 million to an outside P.R. firm to buy columnists and produce propaganda, including faux video news releases.

The only balance W. likes is the slavering, Pravda-like "Fair and Balanced" coverage Fox News provides. Mr. Bush pledges to spread democracy while his officials strive to create a Potemkin press village at home. This White House seems to prefer softball questions from a self-advertised male escort with a fake name to hardball questions from journalists with real names; it prefers tossing journalists who protect their sources into the gulag to giving up the officials who broke the law by leaking the name of their own C.I.A. agent.

These folk wonder how the moron keeps hganding them their butts on a serving tray but then obsess over such trivialities during a week when Mr. Putin pledged that Russia would not retreat from democracy, Togo and Egypt were forced to hold elections for their next leaders, the Palestinians forced a reformist cabinet on their elected leadership and then denounced a terrorist act against Israel, and Syria began the process of withdrawing from the Lebanon. Ms Dowd can identify 52 different varieties of navel lint but wouldn't know a world historical shift if it hit her in the head.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 27, 2005 10:17 AM

OJ: Don't read the bimbo's ravings, you will live a longer and happier life.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 27, 2005 11:29 AM

She is correct about one thing, Bush's words to Putin were "remarkable" (striking, worthy of notice, and an important message). The erest of what she says is just leftist ranting.

Posted by: Dave W. at February 27, 2005 11:51 AM

I have a comment-troll who writes just like that. I wonder if it's really Maureen?

Posted by: John Weidner at February 27, 2005 12:36 PM

Is it true that if someone throws a bucket of water on her she'll melt?

Inside-the-Beltway people are incredible. They somehow believe that what matters to them is what matters to everyone else in America, even those who lead actual lives. One trivial complaint after another. Bush doesn't go to cocktail parties. Bush goes to bed early. Bush puts people who agree with him into the White House press corps. On and on and on and on. Most of us stopped doing that when we left nursery school but this kind of arrested development, if not utter toddlerization, seems to be de rigeur along the Potomac.

If you ever watched a Clinton town meeting or a White House press conference when the Slickster was in power, it was not necessary for stooges to be sprinkled in with the reporters. The reporters were every bit as servile as those of Pravda during the Stalin Era. And everyone in America knows it.

Posted by: Bart at February 27, 2005 12:59 PM

For Dowdy, the entire third world is probably a Potemkin village.

Europe certainly is.

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 27, 2005 2:35 PM

Here is what is truly frightening. Her rant is the number one most popular e-mailed to others article on NYTimes.com. Are there really that many people who think her words are worthy of consideration?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 27, 2005 3:14 PM


How many people stop to look at car wrecks?

Posted by: Bart at February 27, 2005 4:10 PM

Bart: How many people buy herbal supplements to mke their organs grow?

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 27, 2005 4:35 PM

Enough to keep those [expletives deleted] active and in business. That goes the same for spammers and Leftists like Dowdy.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 27, 2005 5:24 PM

I am told that my narcissistic, juvenile father, whose training in the liberal arts and sciences basically consists of reading PLAYBOY during its heyday and WHY I A NOT A CHRISTIAN by Bertrand Russell, loves Maureen Dowd.

Posted by: Seven Machos at February 28, 2005 1:52 AM