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Susan L.M. Goldberg

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August 20, 2014 - 1:45 pm

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Maureen Dowd has finally cast her trademark dowdful eye on Barack Obama. In her latest New York Times op-ed, Dowd reflects on how the President’s admitted desire to be left alone is now leaving him lonely among political colleagues and voters alike.

First the president couldn’t work with Republicans because they were too obdurate. Then he tried to chase down reporters with subpoenas. Now he finds members of his own party an unnecessary distraction.

His circle keeps getting more inner. He golfs with aides and jocks, and he spent his one evening back in Washington from Martha’s Vineyard at a nearly five-hour dinner at the home of a nutritional adviser and former White House assistant chef, Sam Kass.

The president who was elected because he was a hot commodity is now a wet blanket.

Acknowledging the conservatives in the room, Dowd remarks on America’s political climate, which has “only gotten worse” since Obama took office, noting:

The man whose singular qualification was as a uniter turns out to be singularly unequipped to operate in a polarized environment.

Dowd’s complaints about Obama’s complete failure to address the racial tensions in Ferguson are hardly new observances. What makes her commentary notable, even intriguing, is the fact that she’s willing to use her platform as an unabashed liberal to criticize the President her party crafted into a god. For that reason alone, her commentary is strikingly refreshing, deserving more than a quick file into the “better late than never” column.

With her quick wit, the writer asks, “Why doesn’t he do something bold and thrilling?” Her suggestion is priceless:

  Talk to someone besides Valerie Jarrett?

Tactical strikes are for military battles. This, Dowd acknowledges, is an ideological war in which taking prisoners is no option, leaving the entire Obama pantheon up for grabs. It starts to get ugly when the mob realizes their leader has let them down.

To be sure, there are still, and always will be, die-hard adherents. But apparently even they are no longer immune from the wrath of the disappointed liberal:

His boosters argue that we spurned his gift of healing, so healing is the one thing that must not be expected of him. We ingrates won’t let him be the redeemer he could have been.

Gorgeous. In two brief sentences Dowd manages to destroy the image of the messianic Supreme Leader the Obamaniacs have worked so hard to build. Dowd clearly defined Obama’s political, media, and voter following into a cult group fueled by the blind passion of idol worship. Sobered up, the dyed-in-the-wool liberal declares,  let those still drunk on the Kool Aid be damned. 

If you’re a fastidious pol who deigns to heal and deal only in a holistic, romantic, unified utopia, the Oval Office is the wrong job for you.

The right job? After reading this piece, I’m thinking something involving shoe sales and seminars on Hale-Bopp might be more appropriate. Or, perhaps, a retail job at the local golf shop just might do.

Susan L.M. Goldberg is a writer with a Master's in Radio, Television & Film and a PhD in Life who would be happy roaming the fields of Prince Edward Island with Anne of Green Gables, were it not for her strong belief in the axiom "all that is required for evil to prevail is for good women to do nothing." She prefers the career title "Renaissance Woman" and would happily be bar mates with Ann Coulter, Camille Paglia and Dorothy Parker. Her writing tends towards the intersection of culture, politics and faith with the interest in starting, not stopping the discussion. Follow her on Twitter @SLMGoldberg and @winegirlblog.
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I'd rather read the canary poop than the Dowd article it lands on.
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Obama was too small and unprepared for the job and is (likely) in deep depression because all his efforts have led to everyone (Dems, Reps, Press) saying he's doing everything wrong.
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Hogwash.

It's much simpler than that. He's a traitor.

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Time to put MoDo on suicide watch. A while back she wrote a column lamenting that she could not find a man worthy of her, because she desired a man who shared her liberal worldview but secretly loved all the trappings of a traditional conservative man. Now she laments that her ideal presidential candidate (secret communist, deaf ears to criticism, wholly inexperienced) is a lousy president precisely because of the qualifications she liked. Sounds like someone who is slowly losing her religion.
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Sad attempt to be perceived as relevant. Too little, too late, and still bat-sh!t crazy lefty.

Sorry, Dowd, you threw away your credibility on this clown a long time ago. Now it just seems like a pathetic "me too", along with HRC battle prep.
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What Bravo Sierra! She's the typical liberal that proclaims that liberal fascism is the proper solution, but we just don't have the proper spokesperson or executor to achieve the perfect solution.

If you think that MoDo will now fully embrace a true constitutional conservative you are mistaken.

Once again, they have a failed vessel. The idea is perfect but we just can't get the conditions on the ground to work right.

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Always boils down to "Socialism is perfect, the problem is that it hasn't been done by the right people yet!"
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Isn't Dowd a Catholic?

I ask because she will now need to perform Penance. Perhaps a column blasting George W. or Romney, or Palin or...hell, anybody with an "R" after their name. At this point, what does it really matter?
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Payback by MoDo for eight years ago, when she wrote an otherwise-fawning column about Obama that he berated her about, because it mentioned he had big ears:

http://hotair.com/archives/2006/12/14/audio-obama-scolds-maureen-dowd-about-making-fun-of-his-ears/
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This is not an indictment of Obama. This is yet another "he's too good for us" article. It's just a different version of what Ezra "Daily Kos Lite" Klein wrote the other day about why Obama couldn't give the nation-healing speech the faithful hoped for.

Who did the polarizing? Obama did, right from the start. And Dowd did her share. The only reason she's pointing a bony finger at Valerie Jarrett now is to shift blame from Obama.

Another Progressive fool disappointed that Obama is trapped in a world he never made. No lesson has been learned here.
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Secretary General of the newly relocated to the Central African Republic UN.
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I'd rather read the canary poop than the Dowd article it lands on.
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Too bad it took Dowd so long to see the obvious: Obama's a complete fake.
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