Maureen Dowd has referred to several female political candidates as the “Republican Mean Girls” in a recent op-ed piece in the New York Times. Andrew Zarowny of RightPundits.com has called her derogatory comments “cheap.” Zarowny goes on to say the growing number of successful female candidates on the Republican side has Democrats worried about losing control of Congress after the midterm elections. Dana Perino shot back a counter-attack op-ed piece calling Dowd “Mean Maureen,” and asked if Dowd has ever met anyone like Sarah Palin or Sharron Angle in person. With two weeks to go until the general election, both parties are pulling out all the stops.
Perino bashed Maureen Dowd for being too harsh. Others contend Dowd is speaking the truth. Here’s a look at three of the people Dowd dislikes and how they stack up against her criticisms. Dowd spends most of her piece bashing Sharron Angle but mentions other candidates as well, including Christine O’Donnell and Sarah Palin.
Sharron Angle’s Rise
Imagine what $14 million in campaign money can do for your image. That is what Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle has behind her run for office, according to the New York Times. The four-time Nevada Assemblywoman from Washoe County just might have enough in the tank to defeat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for his seat on Capitol Hill.
Sharron Angle is no stranger to controversial comments. Her most recent one, according to CBS News, is where Angle told a group of Hispanic high school students “some of you look a little more Asian to me” after answering a student’s question about her stance on immigration. Is Angle a racist?
Christine O’Donnell’s Gaffe
The opening of Christine O’Donnell’s first political ad states “I am not a witch,” and then she had a debate with her opponent Chris Coons at the University of Delaware. O’Donnell claims to have a lack of support from national Republicans as she unseated Representative Mike Castle’s bid to become the opponent for Coons.
The Los Angeles Times reports that O’Donnell’s recent ads attacking Chris Coons’ tax policy for New Castle County are sketchy. O’Donnell claims he took his county to near-bankruptcy, which is far from the truth since it is against state law. There is a reason why O’Donnell is behind Coons’ double digits in opinion polls.
Sarah Palin’s Aspirations
Sarah Palin continues to stump for Tea Party hopefuls in the November election. The former governor of Alaska recently stated that the November election is about choosing a “culture of life” as opposed to a “culture of death,” referring to health care reform.
CBS News also reports that Palin said Obama is responsible for the “biggest advance of the abortion industry in America.” I didn’t realize that having Americans get health insurance would cost lives, nor did I think that abortions were an “industry.”
Dowd has a valid point. Having female politicians isn’t the problem. Having unintelligent politicians is the problem. From Dowd’s point of view as a woman herself, she wonders why women like Angle, O’Donnell, and Palin are being taken seriously for national politics based upon their statements so far.
Maureen Dowd should consider running for office if she wants an intelligent woman in Congress. Luckily, her talents for journalism would be much better served with the New York Times than in vying for a congressional seat.
Dowd, Maureen, “Playing All the Angles”, New York Times.
Zarowny, Andrew, “CAT-FIGHT! Dana Perino VS Maureen Dowd”, RightPundits.com.
Luo, Michael and Michael Cooper. “Angles Edge in War Chest Evaporates”,New York Times.
Condon, Stepanie, “Sharron Angle Tells Hispanic Students they Look Asian; Argues Immigration Ad Not About Southern Border”, CBS News.
Evans, Ben, “ADWATCH: Republican O’Donnell hits, misses in latest ad portraying opponent as the ‘taxman'”, Los Angeles Times.
Madison, Lucy, “Sarah Palin: November Elections About Fighting ‘Culture of Death'”, CBS News.