My favorite New York Times columnist: Dowd!
No, not Maureen Dowd, silly. Her conservative brother, Kevin Dowd, whom she invites every year during the holiday season to write a guest column. And every year Kevin complies and writes the most entertaining piece of prose that the NYT publishes the whole year.
And this year, Kevin Dowd didn't disappoint, delivering the Democratic Party a well-deserved scolding for its own nonstop scolding of the very Middle Americans whose votes it badly needed to push its preferred candidate into the presidency:
The country had signaled strongly in the last two midterms that they were not happy. The Dems’ answer was to give them more of the same from a person they did not like or trust.
Preaching — and pandering — with a message of inclusion, the Democrats have instead become a party where incivility and bad manners are taken for granted, rudeness is routine, religion is mocked and there is absolutely no respect for a differing opinion. This did not go down well in the Midwest, where Trump flipped three blue states and 44 electoral votes….
Here is a short primer for the young protesters. If your preferred candidate loses, there is no need for mass hysteria, canceled midterms, safe spaces, crying rooms or group primal screams. You might understand this better if you had not received participation trophies, undeserved grades to protect your feelings or even if you had a proper understanding of civics. The Democrats are now crying that Hillary had more popular votes. That can be her participation trophy….
Here is a final word to my Democratic friends. The election is over. There will not be a do-over. So let me bid farewell to Al Sharpton, Ben Rhodes and the Clintons. Note to Cher, Barbra, Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham: Your plane is waiting. And to Jon Stewart, who talked about moving to another planet: Your spaceship is waiting. To Bruce Springsteen, Jay Z, Beyoncé and Katy Perry, thanks for the free concerts. And finally, to all the foreign countries that contributed to the Clinton Foundation, there will not be a payoff or a rebate.
What I've never understood is: Why doesn't the New York Times hire Kevin Dowd to grace its pages with his zingy, to-the-point prose that actually says things that could be useful to the NYT's liberal readers? If Kevin Dowd were writing regular columns instead of just once a year, maybe the Democrats could learn something that could help them win a presidential election for a change.
A final note: I'm actually a closet Maureen Dowd fan. Not of her tiresome liberal political views. But she's one of the few NYT columnists who does actual reporting–witness this nicely done piece on her interview with Vogue magazine style maven Andre Leon Talley, in which Talley expressed his regret over the firestorm of lack of love he received from his liberal pals when, in an interview with the U.K. Daily Mail, he expressed admiration for the style and beauty of Melania Trump, whom he had helped dress for her 2005 wedding to the Donald. Maureen Dowd is actually a sharp observer of human nature, and she has a self-deprecating sense of humor that makes her willing to turn over her slot once a year to her opposite-number brother.
Why can't the New York Times regularly publish both Dowds?