Did you read Maureen Dowd’s column in the New York Times over the weekend, when she took the controversial, cutting-edge position that President Obama plays too much golf? Did you conclude from that column that liberal president Obama has abruptly lost the support of liberal columnist Dowd, which means horrible, horrible things for the future of his presidency?
A lot of people on Twitter thought so too:
Has Obama lost his PR machine in the New York Times? The Golf Address http://t.co/JiqiRO1Qd0
— vincent (@vmariFullSail) August 24, 2014
— Paul Delaney (@gipperguy) August 24, 2014
— Lou Mancini (@louatbb) August 24, 2014
Now, even Maureen Dowd is ridiculing President Obama for playing golf while the world burns: http://t.co/r4jzW0NLeX
— MARK SIMONE (@MarkSimoneNY) August 25, 2014
It was said that LBJ lost Vietnam when he lost Walter Cronkite. Seems Obama has lost his best friend, Maureen Dowd http://t.co/womDzl9Eby
— Right Wing Jewess (@RightWingJewess) August 24, 2014
— Bud Shaw (@bshaw0227) August 24, 2014
Maureen Dowd crushes the golfer in chief http://t.co/QsGiFITZ5T /Who still supports Obama, now that he has lost Dowd?
— John Scotus (@John_Scotus) August 24, 2014
If Obama has lost Maureen Dowd, he's lost leftist America. http://t.co/8Jif13oOc3
— Jake Freivald (@jdfreivald) August 22, 2014
Alone Again, Naturally http://t.co/cMRG3Wmtrb If Obama's lost Maureen Dowd, he's really toast
— Stephen Bainbridge (@ProfBainbridge) August 20, 2014
Of course, some people believed Obama “lost” Dowd back in May:
Ouch. When President Obama has lost Maureen Dowd, that is like LBJ losing Walter Cronkite. Except it is worse. http://t.co/zYkpEL0d4y
— Frank Hill (@Telemachus111) May 5, 2014
— ✞♕In God I Trust♕✞ (@InGodIDoTrust) May 1, 2014
Or last September:
wow, he's lost the left.. NYT Maureen Dowd Slams Obama for Post-shooting Tea Party Attack: He's 'One Weird Cat' | http://t.co/ybIQVMXke0
— miss bossy (@amr033) September 18, 2013
— ian leslie (@mrianleslie) September 16, 2013
Or in the spring of 2013:
— Joel Gehrke (@Joelmentum) May 12, 2013
— Howard Stutz (@howardstutz) April 21, 2013
Or in November of 2012:
— EllieP (@ElliePTweet) November 28, 2012
Or in the summer of 2012:
If Obama's lost Maureen Dowd, he's lost Middle America http://t.co/MTkufEXe
— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) June 3, 2012
— Jim Gardner (@Jim_Gardner) June 3, 2012
Or in December of 2009:
New Wizbang post!: Uh Oh… Obama has lost Maureen Dowd: Damn… this is a little like Mother Mary being estranged … http://bit.ly/7g4ZMz
— Wizbang (@wizbangblog) December 30, 2009
Reading: If Obama's lost Maureen Dowd . . .: http://url4.eu/10tMw
— Charlie Greenbacker (@greenbacker) December 30, 2009
Or in March of 2009:
Diigo: Op-Ed Columnist – No Boiled Carrots – NYTimes.com: It's offical: Obama has lost Dowd.Tags: Chatteri.. http://tinyurl.com/cxzgko
— Cory Crow (@blogawful) March 18, 2009
No, Barack Obama didn’t lose Maureen Dowd this week, last week, last year, or in 2009. He never “had” her. Dowd, liberalism notwithstanding, has been pretty consistently and ardently anti-Obama for pretty much as long as he’s been a national political figure. Remember “Obambi”? All the weak analogies between the president and various TV and movie characters?
The Google search string “Obama has lost Maureen Dowd” brings up over 1,000 results– most of which are not from this past weekend. A Fox Nation headline from last Friday states “Maureen Dowd Breaks Up With Obama”; as though they were ever “dating” in the first place.
The people above must just assume their over-arching theory of indestructible liberal bias can’t possibly have any exceptions. Either they aren’t good judges of the American political scene, or don’t ever actually read Dowd.
Which, come to think of it, isn’t such a bad idea. Did you read how terrible some of that prose was? Or, did you consider that every president who has been in office since the invention of golf has played the sport regularly?