To quote a colleague: “The does-the-candidate-bowl-and-drink-
approach to political punditry is [Maureeen Dowd’s] one move—never mind that it’s been shown, as clearly as possible, to be facile and destructive. But really, what does that matter when you’ve got a New York Times column to write?”


Back in March, Dowd’s Obama was “effete.” Today, she goes for something more vivid, likening him to a “diffident debutante.”

Not yet up to Al Gore is “practically lactating” snuff. But give her time. There are a lot of Wednesdays and Sundays between now and November 4.

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.