Apparently, suggesting that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are puppets manipulated by neocon puppet masters can be taken the wrong way. Critics (like Jeffery Goldberg in The Atlantic) allege that the imagery plays into old anti-Semitic stereotypes.
But what about the other imagery lurking in Ms. Dowd’s column? Let’s take a look.
“Paul Ryan has not sautéed in foreign policy in his years on Capitol Hill.”
“Ryan was moving his mouth, but the voice was the neocon puppet master Dan Senor.”
“Before he played ventriloquist to Ryan, Senor did the same for Romney, ratcheting up the candidate’s irresponsible bellicosity on the Middle East.”
“The clueless desert viceroys summarily disbanded the Iraqi Army…”
“…. and misled reporters with their Panglossian scenarios of progress. (Dr. Pangloss is the overly optimistic tutor in Candide).
“…when Mittens infuriated the Palestinians by making a chuckleheaded claim about their culture.”
“Senor got out over his skis before Romney’s speech in Jerusalem…”
“Republicans are bananas on this one.”
“They blame Obama for casting Hosni Mubarak overboard…”
One minute Romney parrots Bibi Netanyahu’s position on Iran, the next Obama’s.
“No fair-minded reading of Maureen Dowd’s column supports the allegations you and others are making. She makes no reference, direct or implied, to anyone’s religion,” New York Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal told Politico.
Maybe. But Maureen Dowd does make lots of references. One of them is bound to offend someone at some point.