Oh No, MoDo!
Everyone in the universe has now weighed in on the Shirley Sherrod situation, which means that of course, our dearest MoDo must not be left out. Clash, bang, bam! Let the tone-deafness begin!
The Obama White House is too white.
It has Barack Obama, raised in the Hawaiian hood and Indonesia, and Valerie Jarrett, who spent her early years in Iran.
But unlike Bill Clinton, who never needed help fathoming Southern black culture, Obama lacks advisers who are descended from the central African-American experience, ones who understand “the slave thing,” as a top black Democrat dryly puts it.
The first black president should expand beyond his campaign security blanket, the smug cordon of overprotective white guys surrounding him — a long political tradition underscored by Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 when she complained about the “smart-ass white boys” from Walter Mondale’s campaign who tried to boss her around.
Otherwise, this administration will keep tripping over race rather than inspiring on race.
Oh, my goodness. That's a whole lotta stupid, even for Maureen.
Needless to say, MoDo's expert thesis on All Things Black didn't go unnoticed. First, the somewhat dispassionate semi-snark:
With regard to Dowd's assessment of the blackness of Obama's cabinet, two thoughts come to mind: First, it is sad that a white female is the only one empowered enough to speak on the lack of minority presence in the Obama Administration with a voice that is audible and respected. This is the benefit of white privilege in America, since there aren't nearly enough black writers working for the New York Times. Secondly, it suggests that Dowd herself feels qualified to be able to assess what a "legitimate" black experience happens to be. I'm not sure if she is qualified for this job or not, but Dowd is certainly entitled to her opinion.
Then, the extra snarky version, entitled "Maureen Dowd: arbiter of institutional blackness:"
Maureen Dowd has appointed herself the one who should tell President Obama, Secretary Vilsack and the White House Staff how to hire and deal with black people to avoid racial embarrassment in the wake of the Shirley Sherrod fiasco. You see, Obama and Jarett aren’t black enough to know this, but Dowd has talked to black enough Rep. Clyburn and Rep. Lewis and her verdict is final. The West Wing is too damn white. That’s why Shirley Sherrod was fired according to Dowd. Forgive me for not accepting the world according to Dowd’s anecdotal wisdom, some facts get in the way.
And finally, the just plain "Kiss my ass, lady" from Mediaite:
It must be said that, if nothing else, MoDo is brilliant at taking the week’s news and shaping it into a catchy talking point that will dominate the Sunday shows and at least a few days of morning shows in the week to come. Whether or not Dowd offers any insight or enlightenment regarding the issue at hand long ago seemed beside the point.
Now it's my turn. Does this woman really imagine that there are black people lined up around the corner, waiting for the MoDo "Black Enough" seal of approval? May I ask what, except her utterly unearned sense of entitlement, qualifies her to judge Barack Obama by the color of his skin, and not the content of his character?
For it is character that the Obama White House is lacking, not skin color. It is character that causes people to stand up to pressure and take a stand against the rightwing noise machine. Sherrod was not fired because she is black. She was fired because Obama is a coward, a narcissist who cannot stand to be in disfavor with even one member of the press corps (even if said member is a drooling lunatic who poses in a Nazi-like uniform on the cover of his latest book). Imagine if Bill or Hillary Clinton had been similarly cowed! They had six YEARS of nonstop media attacks from every quarter, then ten more years after leaving the White House. 16 years they've stood strong, and Barack Obama bent over and showed his ass after half of one fucking day. What an absolute disgrace this man is.
As for Dowd, I so wish that one day she would read her own nonsensical maunderings, slap her forehead and realize: "My God, I'm a complete idiot! What the hell am I doing? I'm so embarrassed. I think I'll just retire to the Bahamas and leave the rest of America in peace."
But since that will never happen, look on the bright side: Much hilarity at her expense, for many years to come!