This explains a lot

Maureen Dowd reveals that she comes from a politically and religiously conservative family that loves W and hates the New York Times editorial page. Most of the column consists of an e-mail from one of her brothers.

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  1. Richard Nieporent says:

    Too bad Maureen and her brother can’t switch jobs.

  2. John from OK says:

    Wow, I agree. Her brother wrote an excellent summary of conservitive opinion in the Heartland.

    Boys, please don’t hit you sisters. They might grow up and take it out on the rest of us.

  3. This is the best column Mo Dowd has had in years. I think she should put down the David Sedaris book and listen to her brothers. She would be way farther ahead.

  4. I wonder what kind of family life the wild-eyed Paul Krugman had.

  5. I thought this might be apropos. Here’s Amy Welborn describing a book party for Maureen Dowd which Amy saw broadcast on C-SPAN:

    Most interesting, though, was Dowd’s brother, Michael. Every encounter he had with a guest was a train wreck, of varying degrees. Maureen introduced him to a friend, an author, I guess, of a book on lesbians in Hollywood in the 20’s and 30’s. He told her how Maureen had given him the book to read and it had infuriated him. She introduced him to editorial cartoonist, Pat Oliphant, who looked immediately like a caged animal as Michael proceeded to describe to him, in great detail, which of his cartoons he liked the best. Best was his conversation with Judy Woodruff, who responded with mild surprise to Dowd’s announcement that he had been a page for Prescott Bush, after some time working in the Senate mailroom in college, and with dead, frozen-smile silence to his evaluation of John Kennedy as a autocratic jerk and of Richard Nixon as “the nicest guy in the Senate.”

    Give credit to Maureen for her commitment to her family, though…all of whom were present, even as the camera caught Maureen ruefully confiding to a friend that yes, indeed, they were all Bush supporters. They both shook their heads in puzzlement. How can this kind of thing happen??

    The rest is here