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MoDo goes dodo over sex again

I have a love-hate relationship with Maureen Dowd, the longtime New York Times columnist. The hate days are beginning to outnumber the love days. In her column today, she wrote this:

How could the White House be classy when the Clintons were turning it into Motel 1600 for fund-raising, when Bill Clinton was using it for trysts with an intern and when he plunked a seven-seat hot tub with two Moto-Massager jets on the lawn?

How could the White House be inspiring when W. and Cheney were inside making torture and domestic spying legal, fooling Americans by cooking up warped evidence for war and scheming how to further enrich their buddies in the oil and gas industry?

Equating Bill Clinton’s adolescent sexual behavior, for which he was impeached, with George Bush’s and Dick Cheney’s systematic attack on the U.S. Constitution, for which they were praised, is mind-blowing.

The equivalence itself is exemplary of the American media’s general descent into a hideous blend of sexual moralism and stupidity. My guess is that Dowd actually believes Clinton’s behavior was as despicable as Bush’s. Or, just as dumbly, she believes that — under the new, wackily defined meaning of “objectivity” — a criticism of a Republican must be “balanced” by an attack on a Democrat. Either way, she looks like an idiot.

Were I Dowd’s editor, I would forbid her to write about sex for the next year. She has utterly no rational perspective where the subject is concerned, and not just with Bill Clinton.

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