It's no surprise that the likes of Liz Trotta and Maureen Dowd are having a field day trashing Sarah Palin since she announced her resignation as governor of Alaska.
Trotta and Dowd have never retracted their claws. They never let up on their attacks on Palin.
Yesterday, Dowd devoted her column to Palin.
Caribou Barbie is one nutty puppy.
Usually we don’t find that exquisite battiness in our leaders until they’ve been battered by sordid scandals like Watergate (Nixon), gnawing problems like Vietnam (L.B.J.), or scary threats like biological terrorism (Cheney).
...As Alaskans settled in to enjoy holiday salmon bakes and the post-solstice thaw, their governor had a solipsistic meltdown so strange it made Sparky Sanford look like a model of stability.
On the shore of Lake Lucille, with wild fowl honking and the First Dude smiling, with Piper in the foreground and their Piper Cub in the background, the woman who took the Republican Party by storm only 10 months ago gave an incoherent, breathless and prickly stream of consciousness to a small group in her Wasilla yard. Gobsmacked Alaska politicians, Republican big shots, the national press, her brother, the D.C. lawyer who helped create her political action committee and yes, even Fox News, played catch-up.
What looked like a secret wedding turned out to be a public unraveling as the G.O.P. implosion continued: Sarah wanted everyone to know that she’s not having fun and people are being mean to her and she doesn’t feel like finishing her first term as governor.
I think it's completely legitimate to analyze and criticize Palin's decision to resign, but I don't think it's appropriate for Dowd to be so personal and caustic in her remarks.
I don't know why Palin made the choice to resign, but I certainly didn't see it as a "public unraveling as the G.O.P. implosion continued."
For nearly a year, Obama's camp and its mouthpieces in the lib media have hammered away at Palin, criticizing everything about her.
Why would her decision to step aside be a bad thing for Republicans if she's supposedly such an embarrassment?
Palin was deemed a drag on the Republican Party by many. Having her around allegedly hurts Republicans. Then, when she resigns, that's supposed to signify the party's implosion, as though Palin was holding it together.
The spin on Palin is as goofy as ever, and Dowd certainly contributes to the lunacy.
Then there are the comments that Liz Trotta made about Palin on FOX News yesterday.
LIZ TROTTA: It's very easy to say that the liberal media is caving in on her, and yes, they are; but she has given them a lot of raw meat. The woman is inarticulate, undereducated, and I pose this question: 'What do you think William F. Buckley would have thought of her as the standard-bearer for the conservative party?'
I think a lot of this criticism is well-deserved.
...This is one of the rare cases where I think all the liberal stylists like Maureen Dowd, Gail Collins, and the rest of them really have a case. I mean, she just begs for adjectives like flaky and wacky.
...[Maureen Dowd's column] was a well written, funny piece. And, you know, there's one other element here, and I think most writers are afraid to bring it up. They sort of skirt the idea that this is a woman who has used her good looks and her gender to really get ahead in the political world. That's something, of course, the men don't want to admit, and certainly not the women.
So what are we talking about here? We're not talking about a great statesman of profound experience whose banner is integrity. We're talking about somebody who, right from the get-go, has been a flashy person who gets into a lot of trouble and really has no credentials for any job.
That is so over the top. It's ridiculous.
She "really has no credentials for any job"?
It's Palin Derangement Syndrome.
I don't see how Trotta or Dowd can be taken seriously. Their excessive bashing of Palin reduces their credibility.
Andrew Breitbart writes about the media's assassination of Sarah Palin, "New York Times Barbie strikes again."
What a shock that Maureen Dowd devoted her New York Times column Sunday to attack Sarah Palin. It did not so much criticize Alaska's governor for prematurely stepping down from her official duties as to finish off what sister snipers Katie Couric and Tina Fey began last fall.
The assassination of Sarah Palin - by media.
For those who didn't pay attention, Mrs. Palin's unexpected stratospheric rise as a national political figure threatened the media's preordained presidency of Barack Obama.
In light of how the Obama machine took down Hillary Clinton, which unsettled many feminists who believed 2008 was their time, many who saw sexism at play - the destruction of an ascendant Republican female icon was an urgent imperative for the Democratic Party.
In conjunction with the laws of political correctness as perfected by the Democratic Media Complex, it would take prominent women to take down an unlikely and unexpected conservative feminist symbol that threatened to steal away Mrs. Clinton's votes from the Chosen One.
...Misses Dowd, Couric and Fey - Obama's Angels (featuring Joy Behar in the role of "Bosley") - used a potent mix of mockery, snobbery and vitriol to undermine Mrs. Palin's feminist bona fides.
...Simply put, they are bullies. And female bullies - "Mean Girls" as Miss Fey's film calls them - are the cruelest kind.