Sunday, March 8, 2009

MoDo in Love

MoDo's column today is exceptionally weird and incoherent even by her standards. Let me summarize: MoDo was riding in a taxi with David Brooks to see Gordon Brown, who was cheerful despite having been snubbed by the Obamas, who gave him -- and his kids -- lame and half-assed presents, perhaps because they harbor secret anti-colonial sentiment. Wall Street is like Mrs Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Michelle Obama is like Joe Louis. David Brooks, unlike congressional Republicans, does not like Michelle Obama's sleeveless dresses. MoDo does because

Her arms, and her complete confidence in her skin, are a reminder that
Americans can do anything if they put their minds to it.

Oh, and btw, she [Michelle] can presumably say something intelligent about cap-and-trade if pressed. Now I don't understand why Michelle Obama is supposed to represent all that -- she didn't get elected president. The general attitude towards Mrs Obama is more than a little irritating. It's just assumed that she doesn't fit the housewife stereotype because she looks tall and muscular and flashy, and therefore "formidable"; it isn't like she does anything interesting. Sort of like MoDo, in a sense, who tries to mask her near-Kristofian inanity by flooding her articles with digressions and wordplay.

As if one could be too incoherent to be unoriginal.

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