Truly the worst of them all: Did Romney do something wrong at Bain Capital? Who cares, when you can type a headline like this:
“Mitt’s Big Love”
As you may know, Romney has only one wife. But Maureen Dowd comes from a very old world—and she doesn’t much seem to like Mormons. On Sunday, she wrote the fourth column in which she has poked her big, long, old-world nose around in the world of that church.
Romney has only one wife. But Dowd ended her column like this, discussing the book, The Real Romney:
DOWD (1/15/12): The book also features a colorful history of the candidate’s polygamous Mormon ancestors living in Illinois, Utah and Mexico—running from the law at times—that evokes the HBO series “Big Love.”Truly, Dowd's an instinctive bigot. How often do journalists discuss the conduct of a candidate’s great-grandparents?
Mitt’s great-grandfather Miles was happily married to a young woman of Scottish descent named Hannah, with two daughters, when Brigham Young ordered him to take another wife.
At 80, in a memoir written for her family, Hannah was still able to recall the jealousy and tantrums of the second wife and the depth of her own distress: “I felt that was more than I could endure, to have him divide his time and affections. I used to walk the floor and shed tears of sorrow. ... If anything will make a woman’s heart ache, it is for her husband to take another wife.”
Give her credit. Dowd will never waste your time talking about Romney’s own conduct—at Bain Capital, let us say. Nor will she waste your time with his regressive proposals. But in three previous Mormon-based columns (three!), Dowd has nosed around in the question of that “magic underwear,” the term she used in a column on October 19, 2011. In 2007, she introduced her concern with the topic:
DOWD (12/9/07): You'd think Catholics, who watched with trepidation as J.F.K. battled prejudice, would be sympathetic to Mitt Romney.Dowd comes from a very old world. If you think Catholics of her very old type would be sympathetic to anyone else, you simply don’t understand the shape of such very old worlds.
But even for those of us in religions that were once considered cults by other religions—my mom and another Catholic girlfriend actually had Southern Protestants ask them to lift up their hair so they could see the mark of the devil or the horns—Mormonism is opaque.
Now in addition to asking candidates about boxers or briefs, we have reporters asking Mitt Romney if he wears The Garment, the sacred one-piece, knee-length underwear with Mormon markings and strict disposal rules.
"I'll just say those sorts of things I'll keep private," he told The Atlantic.
Very few Catholics are like this today. Maureen Dowd still is.
Truth? Romney won’t keep “those sorts of things private” if Dowd has any say in the matter! On March 27 of last year, she went there again, that time musing about those “sacred undergarment.”
In Sunday’s column, he finally got her nose out of the underwear drawer, a task she rarely achieves with any major politician. Instead, she put “Big Love” in her headline—and talked about Romney’s great-grandfather.
Dowd comes from a very old world—and she truly is an instinctive bigot. That said, you will learn nothing from her scratchings about Romney’s business behavior or his proposals.
Romney wants to cut taxes for millionaires even more! Maureen Dowd, a nut from a very old world, won’t ask readers to go there.
Headlines from a very old world: These are the headlines Dowd penned for the four columns we’ve cited:
December 9, 2007: Mitt’s No JFKThat first headline explains the real thinking of people from such old tribal worlds. But Maureen Dowd is a balls-out nut—and an instinctive bigot besides. Over the years, she has slimed an array of major hopefuls on grounds of gender, race and religion.
March 27, 2011: Coffee Cups in Hell
October 19, 2011: Anne Frank, a Mormon?
January 15, 2012: Mitt’s Big Love
And concerning their hair!
It tells a very sorry tale that the New York Times keeps this throwback on—that they think she’s full of insight. That “liberal” “intellectual leaders” refuse to challenge this (powerful) nut.