Was She Talking about Romney or Obama?

Maureen Dowd wrote the following in her column yesterday: 

Even though the Mormon doesn’t drink coffee, he has measured out his life in coffee spoons, limiting access to reporters, giving interviews mostly to Fox News, hiding personal data, resisting putting out concrete policy proposals, refusing to release tax returns, trimming his conscience to match the moment, avoiding spontaneity. But somehow he ended up making the same unforced error that his dad did.

Aside from the crass reference to “the Mormon,” substitute Obama for Romney and you could find yourself in a politically incorrect tit-for-tat: 

Even though the 20-year veteran of Reverend Wright’s Trinity Church no longer smokes marijuana, he has measured out  his life in cigarette puffs, limiting access to reporters, giving rare interviews mostly to pre-selected friendly news readers at NBC and CNN, hiding personal data like his past relationships with Reverend Wright, Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko, and Rashid Khalidi, or fabricating key details of his memoir; resisting putting out concrete policy proposals like dealing with the soaring debt or reform of soon to be insolvent entitlements; refusing to release his medical records and transcripts; trimming his conscience as he flipped on amnesty, gay marriage, Guantanamo, renditions, tribunals, and preventative detention to match the moment; avoiding spontaneity by chronic addiction to the teleprompter. But somehow he ended up making the same sort of unforced error — “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Someone else made that happen” — that he has always made in the past.

I would not write the above invective about Obama, but it is helpful to be reminded how crass Dowd sounds to those outside her cloister. It’s going to be a long 100 days.

Victor Davis Hanson — NRO contributor Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the author, most recently, of The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won.

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