Maureen Dowd: Queen of the Mean Girls?

The Independent Women’s Forum is calling Maureen Dowd a “mean girl,” in response to her New York Times column comparing female Republican candidates to characters from a Lindsay Lohan film about high-school cafeteria sniping.

The “Republican mean girls” or “nihilistic cheerleaders for an angry electorate” named by Dowd — Jan Brewer, Michele Bachmann, Sharron Angle, Linda McMahon, Carly Fiorina, Christine O’Donnell, Meg Whitman, and Sarah Palin — did not immediately return The Daily Caller’s requests for comment.

But Palin has said, “I don’t think I’ve ever met her, and I don’t think — [Dowd] probably hasn’t met Jan Brewer or some of these other wonderful, pleasant, gracious, nice, hard-working mama grizzlies who are wanting to turn this country around,” Palin told a reporter. “So, Maureen can say whatever she says, I encourage the other mama grizzlies and liberty-loving Americans to just keep smiling.”

Michelle Bernard, president and chief executive of the Independent Women’s Forum, told TheDC, “I really felt that if anyone, it’s Dowd that’s the mean girl, not the women in her article.”

“Coming from self proclaimed progressive [Dowd], it’s interesting to see her refer to them as mean girls when she in a July column complained that Obama’s White House wasn’t black enough, you know, who advised him and such. It was a terrible thing to say and really in the spirit of a mean girl,” Bernard said.

Dowd’s column stated: “We are in the era of Republican Mean Girls, grown-up versions of those teenage tormentors who would steal your boyfriend, spray-paint your locker and, just for good measure, spread rumors that you were pregnant.” She could not immediately be reached for comment.

Bernard said that men who run for political office would not be criticized for the kind of behavior for which the Republican women are being disparaged.

“If a man had told Harry Reid to ‘man up,’ no one would have thought anything of it,” Bernard told TheDC. “Sharron Angle is not a perfect candidate by any stretch of the imagination, but I applaud that she feels comfortable speaking to her opponent the way a male would do. It’s a new world for us and the country needs to catch up.”

Bernard said that there’s been an enormous shift in the type of female candidates and the way women run for office.

“The ‘softer candidate’ is out the door,” Bernard told TheDC. “You don’t see women talking about how important it is to elect a woman for office because she is a woman or hauling out children and grandchildren, and this phenomenon has taken people by surprise, including Dowd.”

Representatives from the National Organization for Women did not return phone calls for comment.

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  • Momma M

    No one with a grain of common sense would give this one an ounce of credence. Those who enjoy the muck of liberal media however, will agree with her.

    Personally, I just sit back and watch the antics. They’re completely inconsequential to anyone with a functioning brain. We don’t need the “dowds” to tell us anything we can actually think and derive our own opinions … Thanks for the chuckle.

  • mtb

    I love Republican Women!! They are smart, savvy, no nonsense, intelligent women. I am a Republican, today, because of them. I watched when the Rules and Bylaws committee took delegates belonging to Hillary Clinton and GAVE them to Obama. I then realized that NOW and other women’s media outlets advocate only for women Democrats. I read material from every Republican scholar that I had time to read prior to the election…and realized that Democrats have been brainwashing women for years (yet, that’s what Democrats accuse Republicans of doing)! It is my personal feeling that Sarah Palin’s strength is her ability to generate enthusiasm and gather the troops and the smartest move John McCain made was to select her as his running mate. I know several women who changed their political affiliation because of that decision.
    Maureen Dowd does not have a clue.

  • bigsigh

    I do believe some of the comments here stoop to Dowd’s level. To bring her appearance into the discussion shows a complete lack of civility. Her argument is without merit, however, the complete hypocracy of these comments removes all credibility. It’s just plain mean.

    • jonavark

      maybe.. but you gotta admit she is one ugly woman.. And she is Arianna’s twin. And she is a pig worthy of all the disrespect we can deliver.

  • tinteardrop

    Oops! hosed the link.

    I’ve always thought it was because she was too smart for us

  • tinteardrop

    I’ve always thought it was because she was too smart for us

  • diamndgirl

    Mean hell, she’s a crazy leftist b!tch with hatred in her heart because of her own miserable life.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Weite/1483160591 Kevin Weite

    Maureen Dowd is a bully and should watch more of Anderson Cooper’s segments on bullying. Dowd is trying to smear and keep conservative women silent. It seems to me that Dowd is jealous of these conservative women in politics this year. They have beauty and brains, of which, Dowd has none. Dowd seems to be consumed with hatred of women who disagree with her progressive liberal principles. She’s like the female pitbull that you can’t bring near other female pitbulls because she’ll start a fight. I think conservative women have stepped up to the plate this year because they realize and understand the lies coming out of the progressive machine. Thank God for conservative women willing to stick up for America.

  • jonavark

    Dowd is truly an ugly woman. She is Arianna’s twin. They’re upset they will never be beautiful or honest and they take it out on other women every day.

    Dowdy, ugly inside and out. Gotta suck to be her