Maureen Dowd, whose columns are generally (as a friend of mine puts it) a cry for help/an intervention, wrote a spiffy one on Obama; it reminded you of those long ago days when she was a livelier scribbler than now?only problem was it was all wrong.

Here is how it starts:

“As I sit across from Barack Obama in his Senate office, I feel like Ingrid Bergman in ‘The Bells of St. Mary’s,’ when she plays a nun who teaches a schoolboy who?s being bullied how to box.

“I’m just not certain, having watched the fresh-faced senator shy away from fighting with the feral Hillary over her Hollywood turf, that he understands that a campaign is inherently a conflict.

“The Democrats lost the last two excruciatingly close elections because Al Gore and John Kerry did not fight fiercely and cleverly enough.

“After David Geffen made critical comments about Hillary, she seized the chance to play Godzilla stomping on Obambi.

“As a woman, she clearly feels she must be aggressive in showing she can ‘deck’ opponents, as she put it – whether it’s Saddam with her war resolution vote or Senator Obama when he encroaches on areas that she and Bill had presumed were wrapped up, like Hollywood and now the black vote.

“If Hillary is in touch with her masculine side, Barry is in touch with his feminine side.”

The problem, Mo, is that Obama won the Geffen remarks contretemps hands down – he didn’t need a right hook. He did the right thing – let an aide fight back and then announce he hadn’t authorized the response.

And Obama is giving Hillary a real run for the money (see National Review’s Hillary Spot, which notes that the crowds at Selma found her southern accent fake and turned out in greater numbers for Obama).

So now it is time to worry about Obama. Start here.

Note to Allison regarding headline: This song was before your time.