Dowd’s Gutter Attack on Ryan
Maureen Dowd, the brash liberal columnist for the New York Times, took a big swing at Paul Ryan in her column–equating him to, of all the evildoers on the planet, the Taliban. She should be ashamed.
“Paul Ryan, who teamed with [Todd] Akin in the House to sponsor harsh anti-abortion bills, may look young and hip, with his iPod full of heavy metal and cute kids. But he’s just a fresh face on a Talibancreed — the evermore antediluvian, anti-women, anti-immigrant, anti-gay conservative core. Amiable in khakis and polo shirts, Ryan is the perfect modern leader to rally medieval Republicans who believe that Adam and Eve cavorted with dinosaurs.”
It’s horrifying to think that someone as intelligent, funny and often right on target as Dowd needs to stoop to equating Ryan with a group that harbored terrorists, including 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. Even if she is appalled by his position on banning abortion, with no exception for rape.
Look, I get that it’s fine to be funny and colorful at the expense of politicians. Who doesn’t like to read a good rant? But she undercuts her ballsy brand of banter by spewing hateful rhetoric that adds to the divisive nature of the politics. What if a politician had said that? Wouldn’t Dowd be all over him or her?
No matter what someone believes, it crosses a big, fat line equating them with cold-blooded murderers who suppressed women in Afghanistan and take credit for killing thousands of Americans.
C’mon Maureen, you’re better than this.
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