“I know you are, but what am I”

Last week, I commented on Thomas Frank’s weird defense of Obama’s attack on the media.  Basically, Frank’s whole defense was that Nixon was worse. I don’t know about you, but to say “my guy isn’t as bad as the guy I, a liberal, consider the worst, most paranoid president ever,” doesn’t strike me as a ringing endorsement.

Now comes Maureen Dowd, taking on Rush Limbaugh’s contention that Obama is an inexperienced narcissist who is in well over his head.  Dowd’s defense:  Rush is mean and, by the way, he had an Oxycontin addiction.  Oh!  And by the way, Bush was also immature.  The only thing she actually says in Obama’s defense is this little bit of psychobabble:  “The 48-year-old Obama is skinny and getting skinnier, but there’s nothing childish about him. He more or less raised himself and came to terms with his Oedipal demons on his own, and he radiates a hard-won maturity.”  So there!

Distill her argument and you get this:  Obama is a skinny guy with a bad childhood and it’s unfair for mean journalists to pick on him, never mind that Obama himself desperately wanted the job as most powerful person in the world.

Do these people really think that they’re making intelligent arguments when they write this way?

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  • pst314

    “Do these people really think that they’re making intelligent arguments when they write this way?”

    They’ve been getting away with it for many decades, so why not? Point to the Gulag and Laogai, the planned famines and mass murder, and your typical progressive will instant retort “well what about Pinochet?” as if that made any sense.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Maureen Dowd has desperately, desperately needed a boyfriend for a very long time, now.

  • http://explorations.chasrmartin.com Charlie (Colorado)

    I would say there is a sentence there that could easily have been terminated after the word “think”.

  • JKB

     “The 48-year-old Obama is skinny and getting skinnier, but there’s nothing childish about him. ”

    Perhaps I’m mistaken, but I believe lashing out at those your angry with is a childish or immature response.  Given his repeated propensity for this and his inability to adopt more mature responses, I’d have to say his ability to handle criticism is very childish.

  • Gringo

    I stopped reading Mo Dowdy years ago, in response to her misquoting people. An apparatchik’s standards for  writing a regime’s propaganda  do not suffice for a journalist writing for a free press  in a free society.
     
    It is of note that Mo Dowdy agrees that NObama is losing weight. Apparently Book isn’t imagining things. Definition of an agreed upon truth: when Book and Mo Dowdy agree on something. I will have one thing to say in favor of Mo Dowdy: she is a master, or should I say mistress, of the liberal sneer  genre.