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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2008
ADLAI AND ADELAIDE: The tiny minds of our dumbest elite are crammed with a set of Inane Approved Anecdotes. By agreement, these inane points can be pulled from the shelf as the occasion requires. This morning, Maureen Dowd cites John Kerrys cheese steak blunderthen goes back a full twenty years to cite Dukakis and Belgian endive. And omigodunrivaled greatness! She reaches back to the 1950s to drive a prime story-line:
Spectacular! Dowd has spent a lot of time furthering her favorite narrative: Big Dem women are actually men, and Big Dem men are all girls. (Candidate Gore was practically lactating.) Others have followed her down this sad path. But how many have reached back to the 1950s to further this sad, stupid line?
Answer: Very few have done so. Within the reach of the Nexis archives, no one else has ever cited Adlai/Adelaide in the New York Timesuntil now. It has been cited just once in the Washington Post, in 1989. On Halloween of that year, Charles Trueheart wrote an instructive Magazine Reader piece, headlined Masculinity Most Mythical. Trueheart reviewed the work of the gender-nuts who helped pave the way for Dowd:
This bizarre rhetorical compulsion! Harsh! At any rate: In this passage, we see the type of work which paved the way for the modern-day gender-nut, Dowd.
As noted, Dowd has been at this for decadesthough she aims this bizarre compulsion at girlie-man Democrats only. (On April 2, she called Obama a starlet again. Today, hes Wonder Boy.) But Dowd, an artist, will not be restricted to one bizarre form of expression. In the following passage, she shows her skill at touching on all thats inane. We have inserted the numbers:
Let us count the ways. (1) If they can mock you through your mother, they seem to enjoy it. (In October 2000, Dowds stable-mate, Richard Berke, explained why Gore was such a big liar. His elderly mother had been a big liar too, Berke suggested, thinking quite hard.) (2) Theyre remarkably skillful at letting us know how an event appeared. (3) They leap to attention when clothing is wrongwhen you sample beer with your tie tight. Similarly, (4) when you accept bowling shoes as a gift, they can tell if youve done so awkwardly. (5) They can see right into your soul as you examine the cheese and salami; and (6) theyll occasionally make a complaint which is quite hard to decipher. (Obama went to the ShopRite on April 9. There is no record of him buying cheese balls. The Philly Inquirer said that he picked up a few Gala apples, a bag of cheese puffs, a bottle of water, and a box of Butterscotch Krimpets. Note to Dowd: Next time, why not fashion a gay joke from Gala?) And of course, (7) they will misreport the pointless things the candidate has actually said, tweaking them a bit, here and there, to make them suit the occasion.
This is done to help us know how the candidate comes across. The key pointit must all be inane.
But this is the way these lunatics work; its the way theyve been working for years. And Dowd is the top loon among them. For the record, she builds up Clintons street cred today, doing so to puncture Obamas. But she wrote the following four days ago. No, we didnt invent this:
Awk! Dowd thought her readers should make it a point to examine Hillary dancing.
Since they love to get snide about Democrats mothers, lets take a moment to ponder Dowds own. In fact, Dowd seems to come from a long line of fruitcakes. She has boasted of this in the past:
Were sure Dowds mother is a good person. Her daughter, alas, is a certified nut. The liberal world has tolerated her inanityand her nastinessfar too long. It isnt just her compulsion to denigrate Dems. Its her mindless assault on our discourse.
Today, Dowd talks about Adlai/Adelaide. In 1999, Cal Thomas compared Gore to Victor/Victoria. (Gore didnt have his gender straight, Chris Matthews sadly lamented.) But then, gender-nuts have driven this sub-cult, all the way back to the 1950s. Dowds forebears spoke of teacup wordsand of Nixons manly explanations.
THE RISE OF THE CLINTONIAN WHOPPER: Then theres Anne Kornblut, in todays Post. She rubs her hands, at considerable length, about Hillary Clintons loss of credibility in the aftermath of her Bosnia misstatement. Mordant chuckles escaped our lips when we read this passage:
Well guess that some of those Clinton advisers may have said that this story line from the 1990s was often driven by bogus reporting. The financial dealings cited here are complex. But how have Democrats been turned into liars over the course of the past sixteen years? The invention of AL GORE, LIAR was quite astounding. But weve recently reviewed an iconic Clinton liean iconic lie that wasnt. And this one is quite simple to parse. In part, heres how Dems become liars:
In June 1999, the New York Yankees were coming to the White House to be feted for the previous years World Series win. On the Today show, Hillary Clinton told Katie Couric that she had been a fan of the Yankees along with the Cubs when she grew up in Chicago.
To this day, there is no reason to doubt this statement. In 1993 and 1994, in fact, the Washington Post had published two separate profiles which alluded to Clintons youthful love for the Yankees. I needed an American League team, Clinton told Couric. Because when you're from Chicago, you cannot root for both the Cubs and the Sox. None of this was ever worth talking about. But the pre-existing evidence plainly suggests that what Clinton said was accurate.
None of this was worth talking aboutexcept within the press corps.
You see, in June 1999, the press corps was busy reinventing Al Gore as the worlds biggest liar. They hated Hillary Clintons husbandhe had gotten ten blow jobs; they hadntand they were now directing their fury at everyone found in his court. Two Post profiles plainly suggested that Clinton had been a Yankees fan. But the insider press corps was up for some fun. It started in the new York Times, with this report by Katherine Kit Seelye:
It was a classic Clintonian gesture, Seelye had quickly divined. And uh-oh! Two days later, on This Week, Cokie and George began venting. Kornblut wont tell you this, of course. But this helps explain why it was so easy last month to paint Clinton as a Big Liar:
By now, it was a Clintonian lie. Talk about building a mountain out of a molehill, Sam Donaldson said, interrupting Willthough he himself plainly implied that what Clinton had said was a stretcher. Moments later, Roberts put her cosmic inanity on full display. She explained who it was she most pitied:
They cant tell the truth, Will saidas his panel kept failing to tell the truth. (This is a very familiar pattern from this lunatic era.) But you know what this was really about. At the end, a tut-tutting Cokie was required by law to go there:
Hiss! Hiss-spit! Hiss-spit! Mee-ow!! And dont worrythe gasbag gang was just getting started. The following morning, in the Washington Post, Jonathan Yardley wrote that the Clintons had already won that years Vulgarity Cup:
Now it was Clintonian vulgarity. Never mind that Yardleys newspaper had twice described the youthful Clinton as a fan of those Yankees! By the way: You got a similar narrative from Fred Barnes that day, on the CBS Morning Show:
Now it was a Clintonian whopper. And all the Villagers seemed to know it. The next night, Doris Kearns Goodwin worried hard in a typical Hardball performance:
Exactly. By our interest in it.
Dont worry, there was morealthough the fun would soon be interrupted by the need to trash Gores White House announcement, delivered on June 16. In the Post alone, Tony Kornheiser devoted his whole Sunday column to the absurdity of what Clinton had said. And Richard Cohen was still upset two weeks later:
Actually, noyou cant get dumber. But, by God, once they get a novel they like, they type it again and again. (There was more, but these were highlights.)
To all appearances, Clinton was a youthful fan of the Yankees. And by the way: News of those old Post profiles was being bruited about; see our links below. But the gang was busy reinventing Gore as a LIAR. While they were at it, they did Clinton too.
On June 16, Gore made his kick-off speechand they landed on his head like a mountain. Two days later, an iconic editorial appeared in the New York Post. AL GORE, LIAR, its headline said. After inventing some new misstatements, the editors played three instant classics:
Actually, nowe didnt remember. But as they made a LIAR of Gore, they made a LIAR of Clinton too.
Two months later, they dragged Gennifer Flowers onto Hardball, where she spent a full half-hour discussing Hillary Clintons murders. Result? Flowers performance was so nutty, she got to do a full hour on Hannity & Colmes. She ran through Clintons murders again, then said she was a big giant lesbo.
Go aheadfind a single word of complaint about any of this from the liberal world. Yes, this is how Bush reached the White House. And, though Kornblut wont tell you today, it helps explain why it was easy last month to see Clinton as a big liar.
Final point: Kornblut reported Gores kick-off speech in the June 17 Boston Globe. Almost no one included the pure perfect crap about Gore growing up at the Ritz. But Kornblut was one who did throw it in. It was utterly false, of course, but the RNC had flamboyantly pimped it aroundand it found its way into her story. These are the things that slip her mind as she crafts her new musings today.
VISIT OUR INCOMPARABLE ARCHIVES: As the Villagers vented and raged, those old Post profiles were being bruited about. See THE DAILY HOWLER, 6/13/00 and 6/14/00. It seemed that Clinton was telling the truth. But everyone knew not to tattle.
For our fullest accounts of the fancy hotel, see THE DAILY HOWLER, 8/8/02 and 10/26/06. Kornblut appears in the earlier piece.