Dowd Disses Everybody
Maureen Dowd writes what she imagines is a satirical column about Elena Kagan, her detractors, Joe Biden & Obama supporters. Unfortunately, you'll have to read Dowd to understand my objections, which the Times, so far, has refused to post. Update: oh, there it is; #146.
The Constant Weader is disgusted:
This column is offensive on so many levels I hardly know where to begin, so I'll start with your mocking of the Vice President. Mr. Biden is married to a strong, bright woman. He has been an advocate for women's rights, for a woman's right to choose & was the principal sponsor & author of the Violence against Women Act which has been widely applauded by women's groups. To suggest he divides women into "girly" girls & lesbians is a hideous lie.
Second, your reducing the Solicitor General of the United States to a man-crazy fool who harbors preteen-style lust for George Clooney is about as anti-feminist as you can get. Yes, I know satire when I see it, & this isn't satire. It's shameful.
Third, your characterization of lesbians is deplorable. Maybe this IS satire, but it isn't justifiable satire. I'm sure Joe Biden knows plenty of gay women, and neither he nor even the usual homophobes (with the possible exception of Jay Leno) would stereotype their traits in the terms you ascribe to gay women.
Fourth, your memo's addressees -- "Obama Supporters" -- are precisely the people who don't obsess about a woman's sexual orientation. That Obama supporters would think learning that a person is straight was a particular "reason to smile" is absurd. We. Really. Don't. Care. So thanks for offending all of us, too.
Or, maybe I'm just totally wrong, MoDo. Why, here's Kagan now, as she enters into a closed-door session with her hunky homeboy Sen. Scott Brown. Look at that smile of anticipation. Look at the lust in Brown's eyes as he ogles the nominee's derriere. Who could possibly believe their phony cover story that they spent their private time together discussing Kagan's attitude toward the military?