Play with words
Why is Pulitzer Prize winning columnist
Moureen Dowd so popular? She doesnt
have the intellect of a Charles
Krauthammer or even a Michael Kinsley.
She doesnt use her column to report
on things a la Chris Matthews, Robert
Novak or William Safire. Her opinions
dovetail so perfectly with the mainstream
left that David Frum dubbed her the gray
ladys bellwether columnist.
So, whats the big deal?
She plays with words.
For ratting on loyal
Clinton sycophant, Sid Blumenthal,
Christopher Hitchens became Christopher
Snitchens. The whole impeachment
mess was dubbed a, great struggle
of the buttoned-down prosecutor and the
unbuttoned President. On Rosalyn
Carter talking about her and President
Carters sex life, This is
worse than T.M.I. It's M.T.M.I., Much Too
Again, none of this is
original. It represents no grand
theoretical leap on her part. Its
all intuitively true. Hitchens did rat
Sid out (not that theres anything
wrong with that). Starr is formal and
reserved while our President is expansive
and reckless. And Rosalyn Carterfor
gosh sake this is Jimmy Carter!talking
about their sex life is just
Her secret, insofar as
it is hidden, is that she is able to turn
a phrase better than nine out of ten of
her fellow writers. Thats why she
won a Pulitzer. It could also get you
published in The American Partisan.
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