Posts Tagged ‘Maureen Dowd’

In which The Gay Recluse takes a look at what’s really going ahn. Although Maureen Dowd is generally liberal to the extent that she hates Bush — and hey, we can appreciate that! — there’s always been a disturbing and seriously outdated undercurrent of idolatry for the masculine — along with a sense that (like […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinions in The Times. Thomas Friedman/The New Cold War The Short Version: Iran is the next big challenge for the US. Too bad we’re so fucked. In his words: “Alas, the right question for the next president isn’t whether we talk or don’t talk. It’s whether we have […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinions in The Times. Frank Rich/Party Like It’s 2008 The Short Version: Friends, thank you! I, Frank Rich, have won the Democratic primary! In his words: “This is not 2004, when another Democrat from Massachusetts did for windsurfing what the previous model did for tanks.” Score: B- (Blather) […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinions in The Times. Thomas Friedman/The Democratic Recession The Short Version: Thanks, oil! You’ve caused democratic government to wane around the world.   In his words: “I’ve long argued that the price of oil and the pace of freedom operate in an inverse correlation — which I call: “The […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores OMG four wtf!? selected opinions in The Times. Franck Rich/The All-White Elephant in the Room The Short Version: The Maverick’s preacher is just as crazy as Obama’s! In his words: “But he did say that God created Hurricane Katrina to punish New Orleans for its sins, particularly a scheduled […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinions in The Times. Thomas Friedman/Dumb as We Wanna Be The Short Version: We need higher gas taxes and more $$$$ devoted to clean-energy R&D! In his words: “At a time when we should be throwing everything into clean power innovation, we are squabbling over pennies.” Score: A (Applause) We completely agree […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Frank Rich/How McCain Lost in Pennsylvania The Short Version: We’ll see who’s laughing in November! In his words: “On the way to the finish line, the prolonged primary race, far from destroying the Democratic candidates, may do more insidious damage to the Republican […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Maureen Dowd/Wilting Over Waffles The Short Version: Hillary is a monster! In her words: “Despite all his incandescent gifts, Obama has missed several opportunities to smash the ball over the net and end the game.” Score: D+ (Deadly) Wake us up when the primaries are over. […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Frank Rich/Shoddy! Tawdry! A Televised Train Wreck! The Short Version: That debate was la-la-la-lame! In his words: “I can’t remember a debate in which the only memorable moment was the audience’s heckling of a moderator.” Score: D+ (Dated) The debate already feels like […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Maureen Dowd/Eggheads and Cheese Balls The Short Version: Obama and Hillary are both floundering. In her words: “At match points, when Hillary fights like a cornered raccoon, Obama retreats into law professor mode.” Score: B- (Basic) This column doesn’t break any new ground as Dowd trots […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Frank Rich/The Petraeus-Crocker Show Gets the Hook The Short Version: Even I can’t get outraged over the Iraq war anymore. In his words: “Yet I must confess that, sitting in MoMA, I kept looking beyond the frame of Mr. Morris’s movie as well.” […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinions in The Times. Maureen Dowd/Toil and Trouble The Short Version: The Senate hearings on Iraq were a tragedy of Shakespearian proportions. In her words: “You know you’re in trouble when Barbara Boxer is the voice of reason.” Score: A (Awesome) Great Dowd! Effective allusions to Macbeth, hilariously crushing critiques of […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Frank Rich/Tet Happened, and No One Cared The Short Version: McCain is a big fucking idiot. In his words: “The sum total of his public record suggests that he could well prolong the war for another century — not because he’s the crazed […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Maureen Dowd/The Hillary Waltz The Short Version: Whoever wins, the battle has been good for Democrats. In her words: “One of the most valuable lessons the gritty Hillary can teach the languid Obama — and the timid Democrats — is that the whole […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Frank Rich/Hillary’s St. Patrick’s Day Massacre The Short Version: Why is Hillary such a lying liar? To cover up her Iraq vote, of course! In his words: “Incredible as it seems, the professionals around Mrs. Clinton — though surely knowing her story was […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Maureen Dowd/Hillary or Nobody The Short Version: Hillary probably doesn’t want to be vice-president. In her words: “It’s hard to imagine that after spending her whole life playing second-fiddle to a superstar pol, Hillary wants to do it again. She’s been vice president.” […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Frank Rich/The Republican Resurrection The Short Version: 1) Obama’s the man; 2) Clinton’s a monster, 3) McCain is loving it. In his words: “Instead of enhancing her own case for the presidency, she’s going to tear him down.” Score: B (Bit much) In […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Maureen Dowd: Black, White & Gray The Short Version: Obama’s “race speech” rawked! In her words: “A little disenchantment with Obama could turn out to be a good thing. Too much idealism can blind a leader to reality as surely as too much […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Nicholas Kristof/The Pimps’ Slaves The Short Version: Save the girls! In his words: “Pimps crush runaway girls with a mix of violence and affection, degradation and gifts, and then require absolute obedience to a rigid code: the girl cannot look the pimp in […]


In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times. Marueen Dowd/Ways of the Wayward The Short Version: Elliot, Geraldine — yikes — problems! In her words: “It makes you wonder how sharp Eliot Spitzer’s pencil was on the state’s fiscal discipline.” Score: B (Blurry) Dowd starts out making fun of Spitzer in […]