I can't help myself.
Maureen ... Dowd discusses John Kerry's cultural side and points out that Kerry took longer to decide on his favorite movie than President Bush took for the entire, similar interview. Kerry evidently has time to burn on such mundane matters.
When I gave George W. Bush a culture quiz in 2000, he gamely struggled to come up with one answer in each category, calling baseball his favorite "cultural experience."
Mr. Kerry, on the other hand, struggled to stop coming up with a cascade of things in each category, rarely settling on a definite favorite.
In what may be an interesting harbinger for their debates, W. raced through his whole interview in the same time Mr. Kerry took to answer the first question about his favorite movie. After he had roamed through 37 movies, ranging from his "Fellini stage" to his Adam Sandler period, from "National Velvet" to "The Deer Hunter" to "Men in Black," Mr. Kerry's aides began to hover.
37 possible favorite movies? And by Dowd using the snotty quotation marks around cultural experience she shows that she obviously does not understand one thing about baseball and how it is a cultural experience enjoyed by millions who do not live in Manhattan apartments and who are looked down on by people like herself. Baseball is an important American cultural experience.
Then there's this:
It's not often that you get a presidential candidate to recite poetry to you, especially in a year when W. and J.F.K. are going macho a macho.
But there was Mr. Kerry flying from Boston to New Orleans on Friday, sipping tea for his hoarse throat and reeling off T. S. Eliot's "Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock."
This must leave Dowd and her liberal readers breathless, however I found myself thinking - what a pompous ass. Only pompous asses recite poety to others while sipping tea. I know people who do this sort of thing in public especially and it is not pretty. Everyone looks at them like they are crazy.
And we have this
He not only reads poetry — "I love Keats, Yeats, Shelley and Kipling" — he writes it. "I remember flying once; I was looking out at the desert and I wrote a poem about the barren desolation of the desert," he said. "I wrote a poem once about a great encounter I had with a deer early in the morning that was very moving."
I can see thousands of NASCAR dads tossing their cookies after reading that little tidbit. It would be nice if President Bush could get Senator Kerry to quote a little T.S. Eliot or one of his poems in one of the debates. Dowd must hate Kerry.