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The spectacular error that Bush, Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld made was feeling we needed a post-9/11 demonstration of war to prove our toughness. If they had merely pushed along the Arab Spring, they could have saved a trillion dollars and the lives of 4,500 American troops.

MAUREEN DOWD, "The Pungent Aroma of Paranoia," New York Times, Dec. 17, 2011

I don't understand men. I don't even understand what I don't understand about men.

MAUREEN DOWD, Are Men Necessary?

In the old days, the Republican ego had control of the party's id. The id, sometimes described as a galloping horse or crying baby, "the dark, inaccessible part of our personality ... chaos, a cauldron full of seething excitations," as Freud called it, was whipped up obliquely by candidates. Nixon had his Southern strategy of using race as a wedge, Bush Senior and Lee Atwater used the Willie Horton attack, and W. and Karl Rove conjured the gay marriage bogyman. Once elected, those presidents curbed the id with the ego, common sense and reason. But now the G.O.P.'s id is unbridled. The horse has thrown the rider; the dark forces are bubbling.

MAUREEN DOWD, "G.O.P. Greek Tragedy," New York Times, Feb. 28, 2012

The Republicans, with their crazed Reagan fixation, are a last-gasp party, living posthumously, fighting battles on sex, race, immigration and public education long ago won by the other side. They’re trying to roll back the clock, but time is passing them by.

MAUREEN DOWD, "Ghastly Outdated Party," New York Times, Feb. 25, 2012

The idea of American exceptionalism doesn't extend to Americans being exceptional.

MAUREEN DOWD, New York Times, Sep. 20, 2008


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