Love her, hate her, you can’t deny the brilliance that is Maureen Dowd‘s composition skill. She writes biting, lethal columns for the New York Times that are entertaining to read no matter where you fall in the political spectrum.
So why, when Times Select created an audio download of her column, didn’t they get Dowd to read it?
There’s something seriously lacking from the otherwise professional reading. And that is… snark. For what is Maureen Dowd without bite and sarcasm? You can hear it in your head when you read her column; it’s missing when you hear it.
If you’ve never read Dowd, here’s a recent sample of her work:
By MAUREEN DOWD
Published: January 27, 2007
Delusional is far too mild a word to describe Dick Cheney.
Dick Durbin went to the floor of the Senate on Thursday night to denounce the vice president as “delusional.”
It was shocking, and Senator Durbin should be ashamed of himself.
Delusional is far too mild a word to describe Dick Cheney. Delusional doesn’t begin to capture the profound, transcendental one-flew-over daftness of the man.
Has anyone in the history of the United States ever been so singularly wrong and misguided about such phenomenally important events and continued to insist he’s right in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary?