I won’t strain the aphorism implied in the title, but let’s just say Dowd produced a good column Saturday.

NY Times

Titled “Trump’s Pile of Rubble” she begins her essay by comparing two photographs, one which has come to represent the best of what Barack Obama’s Presidency meant to people of color…


And a second one destined to represent the worst of his successor’s residency:


Needless to say the orange idiot suffers in this comparison.

Granting that the uncle of the child pictured above, whose parents died shielding him from the death dealing El Paso shooter, wanted to meet Trump and was so complicit in the farcical image that meeting produced, Maureen says what normal people feel when they look at the photo:

“But still, there is something sickening about the photo. The picture of Obama with a child was luminous with hope and idealism. The one of Trump with a child was dark with pain and shattered ideals.

Devoid of empathy and humanity, Trump is mugging with an infant who will never know his parents. They were shot by a psychopath whose views echoed Trump’s dangerous and vile rants painting people with darker skin — like the baby’s father — as the enemy, an infestation and invasion aiming to take something away from real Americans. It is the same slimy chum thrown out by other Republicans, only more brutally direct and not limited to campaign season.”
But even after writing those paras, Dowd still feels the need to walk the high wire of normalizing the abnormal, musing that Trump, like Nixon to China, stands uniquely qualified to confront the NRA and actually do something about our national immolation by gunfire.
After briefly tonguing that particular abscessed molar and finding the pain of that fruitless exercise too much to bear, she fetches her rhetorical pliers and rips the diseased carnassial out:


“If the president and Republicans come up with anything at all, it will be a remedy just marginal enough to give themselves cover, denying Democrats a powerful campaign issue.

Moscow Mitch and Dreadful Donald will keep talking compromise and hope that things settle down by September, when Congress gets back.

But point-blank: Our Republican leaders are cowards.

We shouldn’t let things die down.

Because people keep dying.”

Good for you, Maureen.

Please take better care of the rest of your teeth.

When used correctly they are quite effective.


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6 Comments on "Maureen Dowd Finds an Acorn. – “Trump’s Pile of Rubble.”"

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Spoiler alert: Trump, current events or both will all but ensure something detrimental to the GOP stays stirred up until Election Day 2020.

Jason Miciak

“Our” Republican leaders, Mo?
I haven’t had a Republican leader since back when I had no idea what they stood for, long about 17. That was …. a long time ago. But you have been going at it longer, Maureen, so what is your excuse?
She used to be a liberal, then got piles of cash thrown at her by the NYT for writing irresistibly catty shit about catty people, and miraculously, she’s become more “Moderate.”
She still cannot keep a man in her life. No real enigma there.

Nick Sullivan

I really … don’t like … Dowd but yes on this one.
And as the acid Trump sprays on the soul of the country floods all things decent, I hope we stop saying things like “Winning the Senate is more important!”
… which I see way too often.
No, it’s not. It’s not even close.
There is ONE job in 2020: Defeating this piece of sub-human garbage.


no, BOTH are critical. Without the Senate, our Democratic president will be hamstrung by Moscow Mitch. With the Senate but still led (OY!!) by Traitor Trump, the country is still in mortal danger because he doesn’t submit to checks and balances.
And yes, we can walk and chew gum at the same time. In fact, the two goals are easier to achieve together.

Nick Sullivan

Only if you’re bigger on legislation than I am. 100 D senators and one Trump is still a nightmare of horrific appointees, crumbling international relations, ACA dismantling, kids in cages, Iran deal and Paris accords trashed, labor and environmental laws left unenforceable … if you don’t have 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue you hardly have a thing.

Nick Sullivan

And I just this minute saw: “Trump’s interior secretary announces a conservative gutting of the Endangered Species Act …” Only the latest daily example.