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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Maureen Dowd, "Twisted Sister, and Brothers": Did You Prefer "Dynasty" or "M*A*S*H"?

Describing the North American antics of the Cheney, Ford and Bush families in her latest New York Times op-ed entitled "Twisted Sister, and Brothers" (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/20/opinion/dowd-twisted-sister-and-brothers.html?hpw&rref=opinion&_r=0), Maureen ultimately focuses her wrath on Dick and Liz Cheney. Dowd writes:

"The Cheney feud is the most stomach-turning, with Liz Cheney grubbing for a Senate seat as a carpetbagger against an incumbent Republican. What on earth makes her qualified to be a senator? And why didn’t she simply run in her real home state of Virginia?"

Dowd's conclusion:

"The Cheneys have caused enough damage to this country. They should exit, stage right."

I agree, and they should take with them the Clintons. (Yes, I know: Hillary and Bill are not siblings and perhaps do not belong in this opinion piece, yet, on the other hand, it is not clear what they are.) It was not enough that Bill autographed Monica's dress. Now Hillary, without an achievement under the belt of her pants suit as secretary of state, believes she should be president.

The problem, however, is not Hillary. A recent NBC News poll found that 66 percent of Democrats in the survey said they would back her in the 2016 presidential primaries (see: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/01/23/top-quotes-from-hillary-clintons-benghazi-hearings). For what reason? Because she is a woman? There are many more women, both Democrats and Republicans, who are better qualified to lead the US than Hillary. I know that she is leaving politics, but what a pity Olympia Snowe's name never arises in this regard.

Are Americans, who revolted from England, now so enamored with dynasties? I suppose it's no surprise that American soap opera "Dynasty" ran for nine seasons and 220 episodes (I was fortunate to miss them all).

I did, on the other hand, occasionally watch the television comedy show "M*A*S*H," premised upon the 1970 hit movie by the same name. You will recall that "Suicide Is Painless" was the theme song for both the movie and the later television series.

Did you prefer "Dynasty" or "M*A*S*H"? What difference at this point does it make? Well, America's fascination with enfeebling political dynasties could prove suicidal, but hardly painless.


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