OxBlog’s Josh Chafetz is working on listing all the Immutable Laws of Dowd.
Here’s what he has so far:
1. Ashcroft never deserves credit.
2. Offering constructive solutions to problems, instead of whining endlessly about them, is a sign of weakness.
3. The People Magazine principle: all political phenomena can be explained with reference solely to caricatures of the personalities involved (“Dubya” is stupid; “Poppy” is an aristocrat; Cheney is macho-man; etc.). Any reference to the common good or even to old-fashioned politicking is, like, so passe.
Josh, I would add Rule #4 — It is much better to be cute than coherent.
Those clever Oxford kids are just too much.