I don't go out of my way to read Maureen Dowd's columns, but based on yesterday's effort, I might have to start.
The headline caught my eye; "One and Done?"
I fully expected the uber-liberal New York Times columnist would be offering another one of her staunch defenses of the President, more of her typical vehement attacks on the GOP, and pooh-poohing the growing sentiment that Barack Obama is going to be a one term President.
I was surprised – no, shocked!
Dowd didn't have anything good to say about Republicans, for sure.
But, the vast majority of her venom was directed at Obama. Writing about her under expectations for Obama's jobs speech this week, Dowd implies she is now among the vast majority of Americans who "may no longer have faith that he's a smarty-pants who can fix the economy."
Then she gets nasty.
"Obama is still suffering from the Speech Illusion, the idea that he can come down from the mountain, read from a Teleprompter, cast a magic spell with his words and climb back up the mountain, while we scurry around and do what he proclaimed."
"The days of spinning illusions in a Greek temple in a football stadium are done. The One is dancing on the edge of one term."
"The White House team is flailing – reacting, regrouping, retrenching. It's repugnant. "
Read the full op-ed here
Repugnant? Not exactly the way Barack Obama would like to like to be described by one of the most myopic Democrat sycophants in the nearly homogeneous liberal mass media.
Dowd's disillusion does little to assure a Republican President is elected in 2012. Republicans have a proven ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
But, when a Maureen Dowd jumps ship it sure is tangible evidence of how far from favor the messianic aura of Barack Obama has fallen in just 32 months.