Same as it ever was: Your Daily Howler just keeps getting results!
Yesterday, for the second straight week, Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post Fact-Checker, handed his vaunted Pinocchios to a Republican, thus bowing to our will.
Joe DiMaggio’s streak is safe. Not so, perhaps, Maureen Dowd’s.
Yesterday, Dowd extended her current "silly shit" streak with another column on Anthony’s Weiner. She may be targeting her own record streak for waste-of-time columns, a record she established in the summer of 1999.
That April, Dowd was handed the Pulitzer Prize for her work the previous year concerning Miss Lewinsky. (That’s what the committee said! Her citation praised her “fresh and insightful columns on the impact of President Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky.”)
A few months later, in late July, Dowd returned to her post at the Times after an absence of nearly a month. What was on her award-winning mind? These are the topics the lady tackled in her return to the wars, as she established a record streak of time-wasting summertime columns:
July 28, 1999: She described her recent lazer eye surgery.Labor Day had come and gone but Maureen Dowd’s streak continued. On September 8, 1999, she returned to her favorite subject—the Clintons’ marriage—writing about their “marital pratfalls,” their “kooky connubial bliss.”
August 1: She reviewed the movie “Runaway Bride.”
August 4: She discussed a new Talk magazine piece about the Clintons’ marriage.
August 8: Bob Dole on the prospect of being “first gentleman.” (Elizabeth Dole was running for president.)
August 11: She compared and contrasted two “blond icons”—Hillary Clinton and Marilyn Monroe.
August 15: Might Warren Beatty run for the White House?
August 18: Bush and the question of youthful drug use.
August 22: Bush and the question of youthful drug use.
August 25: She reviewed a Showtime film about the sexy-time relationship between Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas.
August 29: She psychoanalyzed John McCain’s reasons for seeking the White House.
September 1: “I ran into Kato Kaelin the other night,” she wrote, before discussing Monica Lewinsky’s plan to launch a lipstick line.
September 5: She offered her reactions to Paris, a new Las Vegas casino hotel.
On September 12, she took things farther. In a column headlined “Sure I Would,” she ran through the names of the various White House contenders, asking herself, one by one, if she would have sex with these fellers.
Repeated answer? “Sure I would.” In fairness, she was punching back against an oversexed Esquire column which asked the same question about Hillary Clinton. You might say that another mule had been kicking in Maureen Dowd's stall!
Currently, Dowd is on her latest summertime streak. DiMaggio set his own record in 1941. How far can Dowd go this time?
Full disclosure: DiMaggio ended up marrying one of Dowd’s favorite ways to kill time. See August 11, above.