Here’s Dowd’s op-ed piece in today’s NYT: read it, and weep, and after you are done weeping, start making fun of Dowd and laugh.
Holy shit! Talk about cheap pseudo-psychology! Dowd’s whole point in the op-ed is to show how HRC has evolved from an idealistic politician into a cynical, pandering political hack. And the best (worst) part of it is Dowd’s choice of metaphor: young HRC as the “butterfly,” and old HRC as the “scorpion. To push this metaphor forward, Dowd argues that in acting as a “scorpion” as she attacks Obama (who’s a “butterfly”), HRC is in fact destroying her younger self.
You see what Dowd did there? She used the “butterfly” as a double metaphor!! Holy shit! Alert the press: Maureen Dowd knows what a metaphor is.
The most hilarious part is Dodd’s ill-advised attempt at putting HRC on the couch, as she writes:
“It’s hard to believe that this Hillary is the same Wellesley girl who said she yearned for a more “ecstatic and penetrating mode of living.” What would that young Hillary — who volunteered on Gene McCarthy’s anti-war campaign; who cried the day Martin Luther King Jr. was killed; who referred to some of her “smorgasbord of personalities” in a 1967 letter to a friend as an “alienated academic,” and an “involved pseudo-hippie”; who once returned a bottle of perfume after feeling guilty about the poverty around her — think of this shape-shifting, cynical Hillary?”
This just sounds like Dowd has never grown up, because anyone who has knows that what one thinks in one’s 20s is mostly rubbish and ought to be cleaned up by the time they are in their 40s.
And here comes the killer:
“As she makes a last frenzied and likely futile attempt to crush the butterfly, it’s as though she’s crushing the remnants of her own girlish innocence.”
I mean, Jesus H. Christ! Since when is it a columnist’s job to be a shitty pop psychologist? I want to see Dowd’s license to practice psychiatry, issued from the APA.
What. The. Fuck.
I can’t believe this kind of bullshit passes for a professional op-ed published in a top newspaper. How did we sink to this level? Look, if Dowd really wanted to bust HRC’s balls (and believe me, she has the “testicular fortitude”), she could have talked about her disappointing performance in both Indiana and North Carolina, her inane and dumb summertime gas tax holiday, her campaign’s perpetual struggle to stay in the black, the slim-to-none chance that she will get the nomination mathematically, and a host of other things.
Now these things are legitimate topics, because they are of some actual substance. The last thing we need is for pundits to engage in psychoanalysis, and not even good psychoanalysis.