She said the same thing about Kerry: For our money, Maureen Dowd’s new column is an open appeal to bigotry.
Let’s discuss that problem tomorrow. For today, this is the way her disgraceful column starts:
DOWD (3/18/12): Trust Mitt Romney to be on top of the latest trend of the superrich: the trophy basement.Romney’s house will be much too big! Pseudo-liberals are cheering this bullshit on. To let Steve Benen entertain you, just click here.
On Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported on the new fashion to look low-key on the outside while digging deep for opulence—carving out subterranean spaces for Turkish baths, Italianate spas, movie theaters, skateboarding ramps, squash courts, discos and golf-simulation centers.
The Journal reported that Romney has filed an application to replace his single-story 3,000-square-foot beach house in La Jolla, Calif., with a 7,400-square-foot home featuring an additional 3,600 square feet of finished underground space.
We thought you might want to remember when Dowd played this same card against Candidate Kerry and his she-bitch wife.
In case you’ve forgotten or didn’t know, the Kerrys are a good deal wealthier than the Romneys—and they own more homes. In 2004, Dowd hissed and meowed about these facts, just as she does now with Romney.
We liberals didn’t like it then. Luckily, our attention span tends to be short.
In May of 2004, Dowd stopped complaining about the mousy clothes of Howard Dean’s wife and started in on the many houses owned by Kerry’s wife. As early as February of that year, Dowd had been mocking this particular bitch as “that Chanel-wearing, shawl-draping, senator-marrying Teresa Heinz Kerry.”
Now, she began discussing the Kerrys’ homes, which were too many in number:
DOWD (5/27/04): Couldn't [Kerry] use a William McKinley front-porch strategy, talking only to those who bother to show up at his front porch? After all, Mr. Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, have five front porches, stretching from Sun Valley to Nantucket and Georgetown.More specifically, Dowd cited Kerry’s highly suspect “town house on Beacon Hill” this day. Hiss! Hiss-spit! Hiss-spit! Meeee-ow!! Dowd had introduced a great new theme:
Candidate Kerry has too many houses! And his houses are owned by that bitch!
As the campaign continued, Dowd kept tickling both these strings—and the career liberal world just sat there and took it. On July 8, Dowd penned a detailed complaint about Heinz. Her fancy houses weren’t forgotten, though they changed in number this day.
At one point, referring to Heinz, Dowd noted that Kerry had introduced John Edwards as his vice presidential pick “at her adored first husband's 88-acre, $3.7 million ‘farm’ in suburban Pittsburgh.” Dowd was plucking a favorite theme; Kerry was the second husband of this bitch. (Heinz’s first husband, Senator John Heinz, died in a plane crash in 1991.)
Needless to say, Dowd referred to Edwards as “The Breck Girl” this day, from her headline on down.
In this same column, Dowd seemed to subtract one home from the Kerrys' account. She said that Heinz exudes “a rare political perfume of I don't give a hoot, I'm worth a billion dollars and you're not and he's not and the Bushes are not; of I have four mansions and he doesn't.”
Suddenly, Kerry was down to only four mansions! But so what? Hiss-spit! Meee-ow!
Ten days later, Dowd was at it again. In this instance, she counted the number of husbands, not the number of houses:
DOWD (7/18/04): Some Hollywood contributors want to censor any Teresa tidbits, including any mention of her nickname among some in the Kerry circle—“the Stepmoney.'' Others sanguinely say she's showing some improvement, not talking about her first husband as much as she used to.Let’s paraphrase: Why should this she-bitch have two different husbands when I, Maureen Dowd, don’t have one?
In her August 1 column, Dowd referred to Heinz as “the chatelaine of the Nantucket manse.” And she hissed her latest catty remark about the lady’s first husband: “At least Teresa Heinz Kerry kept her subliminal message simple [at the Democratic Convention]: She wore a ketchup-red suit to introduce the second senator in her life.”
Darlings! She had been married to Senator Heinz! Heinz, as in Heinz ketchup!
By September 13, Kerry was trailing in the race against Bush, but Dowd was still complaining about his “windy, nuanced dialogue, delivered with a lockjaw in mansions on Beacon Hill and on windsurfing expeditions off Nantucket.” “There's a reason Easterns never caught on in Hollywood,” Dowd further meowed. “High tea in a drawing room is just not as compelling as high noon in the town square.”
By October 24, Candidate Kerry had gone on a goose-hunting trip—and Dowd got in her parting shot at his much-too-rich-and-bitchy companion. “Four dead geese are not too high a price to pay for a few rural, blue-collar votes in a swing state,” the gruesome mossback purred. “As long as Mr. Kerry doesn't slip and ask Teresa to puree the carcasses into foie gras.”
In fairness, Dowd only complained about Kerry’s houses in five different columns that year. But as she churned her tabloid trash, our fiery career liberals just sat there and took it. Ambitious hustlers like Joan Walsh don’t talk back to people like Dowd! Dowd can say whatever she wants. Careerists who tell you they’re on your side will pretend they haven’t heard!
Today, we “liberals” are having good fun as Dowd mocks Romney’s wealth. Dowd’s clowning goes on forever, campaign after campaign. It all depends on who the guild feels like despising that year.
Kerry is much richer than Romney; he and his wife own more homes. Remember those facts when tribals like Benen treat you like Grade A rubes.
Tomorrow: Her bigotry was much worse