PAGING MAUREEN DOWD….I saw this Dana Milbank piece last night but didn’t bother commenting because it was late and life is too short. Milbank occasionally does good work, but basically he’s ruined himself by his relentless quest to turn himself into the Washington Post’s Maureen Dowd, and this piece was right in the Dowdian strike zone: snotty, too clever by half, and self-consciously bursting with adolescent cynical detachment. If Dowd were the only person who wrote this stuff it would be bad enough, but the fact that she’s influenced a whole generation of wannabes is what really makes her style so malign.
At any rate, it turns out that Milbank’s piece is not only snotty, too clever by half, and self-consciously bursting with adolescent cynical detachment, it’s also wrong. Milbank Dowdified his Obama quote because it was the only way to get it to fit his storyline. In a bizarre and karmic way, I guess that’s appropriate.