Maureen Dowd, by her own definition, is a "GOP gunslinger". Details from the Howler.
Dowd, 2/8/06: "In 2000 and 2004, G.O.P. gunslingers played into the Western myth and mined images of manliness, feminizing Al Gore as a Beta Tree-Hugger, John Kerry as a Waffling War Wimp With a Hectoring Wife and John Edwards as his true bride, the Breck Girl."
Dowd, 7/8/04: "I'm happy for John Kerry. Long-faced guy, as some Bushies refer to him, finally found somebody to stand at the podium and give him an adoring look. Heaven knows Teresa was never going to do it. ... Unfortunately for this White House, it is Mr. Edwards's great talent to talk about the class warfare of ''two Americas'' in a sunny way. The Breck Girl is already getting under the Boy King's thin skin.
Is Dowd casting the molds for right wing talking points or is she following them? More importantly, why does she think she can pretend that she doesn't engage in myth making?