As my brother Kevin headed off to Christmas Eve Mass in the Maryland suburbs, I asked him how he thought the first year of Barack Obama had gone.
He didn’t have to pray long over that one. “Fine,” he replied, “if you like unmitigated disasters like the Hindenburg and the Redskins season.” :-)
Here are Kevin Dowd's reflections for 2009 with a few comments by ME!:
To President Obama: Thank you for saving the Republican Party and for teaching all of us that too much of anything is a bad thing. (Z: Hurrah! even Republicans who left the party are coming back. Heck, even more Dem senators are coming to the Republican party)
To Bill Clinton: You did too much work on Northern Ireland for the Nobel committee. Next time, do nothing. (Z: heh!)
To Harry and Nancy: “The Twilight Zone” once had an episode where the town got the exact opposite of what it wanted. Farewell, Harry!
To John McCain: Thank you for your chivalry in banning Palin attack dogs — including my sister* — from the campaign plane. (Z: commenter "Impertinent" remembers that this list was written by Maureen Dowd's CONSERVATIVE brother/journalist...we think he means THAT sister...did you know she had a brilliant brother? heh heh)
To Sarah Palin: Keep up the good work. Anyone who annoys Keith Olbermann that much is a friend to all of us. (Z: one of my personal favorites...I used to get steamed watching that snarly little mouth of his as he indignantly and self-righteously swallows and spits out the Kool Aid...Now I have to admit I watch him for comic relief)
To Glenn Beck: Thanks for being the only journalist interested in stories that used to win Pulitzer Prizes. (Z: Best one on the list..so true, and so very scary..imagine if we had an honest media, they'd be all OVER Beck's findings and Americans would know the truth)
To Al Franken: So, 250 years of Senate tradition trashed. Stuart Smalley would have done better.
To Desirée Rogers: Get back to the gate. Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson can’t get in.
To the Salahis: Thank you for showing us that shame has no bottom.
To Valerie Jarrett: So much for the Olympic Village in Chicago. Whoops. (Z: so few people know that truth...the media should be ashamed)
To Chris Dodd: The only thing lower than your polls is your mortgage interest rate.
To Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mike Mullen: The military should be more interested in the men and women who serve than in celebrating diversity. (Z: Please, God)
To the Democratic senators: Go last next time; the bribes are much bigger.
To Sheldon Whitehouse: You, senator, are an idiot.
To Dick Cheney: You, sir, are a patriot. Thanks for firing back.
To President Bush: Thank you for your dignity. Did you really start the plague in the 14th century? Absence makes the heart grow fonder. (Z: Even I feel that way now)
To Hillary: Who knew how much you would be missed? (Z: Yup..even by me. A little, I must admit)
To Al Gore: A global warming conference in the middle of a Copenhagen blizzard is not a good visual. (Z: naaa...this is wrong, I LOVED the visual!!)
To Max Baucus, Eliot Spitzer and John Edwards: Party on, dudes.
To John Ensign, Mark Sanford and David Vitter: Don’t party on, dudes.
Z: Thanks, Impertinent, my friend. This was a fun list and fun to respond to! Fun to think Dowd has Conservative family! And okay, okay......sorry for the picture above...here's a more flattering one. For fairness' sake!