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Maureen Dowd can't distinguish one strong female politician from another. Take any of her articles bashing female politicians (whether it's Hillary or Sarah), substitute the name of either one,and you have a typical, nasty Maureen Dowd article.
Dowd,in her latest typical nasty article, described Palin as "a Nixon with hair extensions ranting about “American apologetics,...”. In 2008, Dowd wrote of Hillary's tears at the Portsmouth cafe saying:
"There was a poignancy about the moment, seeing Hillary crack with exhaustion from decades of yearning to be the principal rather than the plus-one. But there was a whiff of Nixonian self-pity about her choking up."
Why does Dowd compare these two women politicians to Nixon? Are the comparisons based on Nixon's hatred of the media? If so, there is no paranoia involved. The press did treat Nixon, Clinton, and Palin with contempt. Yet, that is where the comparisons end.
Dowd never brings up the political issues with these women. She simply trashes them,often repeating bad misogynistic jokes such as when referring to Hillary: "Hillary is a flawed science experiment because you can’t take Bill out of the equation. Her story is wrapped up in her marriage, and her marriage is wrapped up in a series of unappetizing compromises, arrangements and dependencies".
When Hillary left her campaign behind, Dowd went after "nutty Palin" : "She's morphed into what the Republicans always caricatured Hillary as—preachy, screechy, and angry."
Even when Dowd "supports" someone,such as when Caroline Kennedy was vying for Hillary's old senate seat, she begins her endorsement of Caroline by making fun of her nervous speech pattern: "Ask not, you know, what your country can, like, do for you. Ask what you, um, can, you know, do for your country".
It seems Maureen Dowd has issues with women,especially those who demand the spotlight. Perhaps she needs to steal a little bit of light from these women. Yet there is no doubt that Dowd uses her sadistic pen to denigrate all women in exchange for a selfish moment of attention.