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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Maureen Dowd, "The Grating Santorum": Another Day at the Circus

In her New York Times op-ed entitled "The Grating Santorum" (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/08/opinion/sunday/dowd-the-grating-santorum.html?ref=opinion), Maureen Dowd acknowledges that ultra-conservative Rick Santorum, who recently compared gay marriage with polygamy, will go the way of Trump, Cain, Gingrich and Paul, and that we will soon be left with Romney. After picking apart Santorum's antics, Dowd concludes:

"Santorum’s hot politics of aggrievement have competed with Mitt Romney’s cold politics of convenience. But soon Santorum will be gone and Mittens will reign as the calculating consultant type, unpersuasive in premium denim mom jeans, his hair slicked and gray, a lead in a ’50s B movie.

Santorum thinks he’s a bold color and Romney’s a pastel. But the whole Republican field seems ensconced in a black-and-white ’50s diorama. It’s like they’re running for president of Leave It to Beaverland."

However, as long as we're on the topic of "Leave It to Beaverland," we cannot avoid taking notice of concurrent events in Obama's "Brave New World." Making a doormat of the Constitution, the president last week appointed Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and filled three National Labor Board vacancies without Senate approval.

Yes, Maureen, sometimes I do miss Ike.

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