Sunday, February 22, 2009

The unforgiving minute

It takes a little longer than usual for Maureen Dowd to get to the nub of today's column:

Is it that she's still pissed that Bill Clinton draws a living breath? (Well, yes, of course, but somehow that's not the point.)

Is it that CNBC's Rick Santelli "struck a populist nerve" when he gleefully announced that everyone who doesn't work for Wall Street is a "loser?" (Apparently she thinks he did, but that's really only a passing observation.)

No, it turns out that what's got her in a snit this morning is that Obama isn't handling popular anger the way she thinks he should. After eighteen paragraphs, she finally gets to the bottom line:

We need leaders to help us through our crises, not provide us with crude evaluations of our character.

That's right. Because providing us with crude evaluations of our character is Maureen's job, and has been since 1995. So back off!

Minute's up.

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