Like many viewers of the hit fantasy show, “Game Of Thrones,” New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd enjoys escaping reality for a few hours and fantasizing about brutally murdering her political opponents.
Dowd wrote in her Sunday column that she wished Washington resembled Westoros — and that she could witness the murders of entire families, gaze upon stakes bearing defeated foes’ heads, and watch House Republicans get their throats slit a la the infamous Red Wedding.
“After a marathon of three seasons of ‘Game’ and the beginning of the fourth, starting this Sunday, I’m ready to forgo reality for fantasy,” Dowd wrote. “Who wants to cover Chris Christie’s petty little revenge schemes in New Jersey once you’ve seen the gory revenge grandeur of the Red Wedding? Who wants to see W.’s portraits of leaders once you’re used to King Joffrey putting leaders’ heads on stakes?”
As it turns out, the inbred king did place a Washington’s leader’s head on a spike — George W. Bush’s. The setmakers molded one of the impaled heads after the former president and proudly displayed it on the show in 2012.
A world where Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul can’t be mutilated and where Republicans can’t be locked into the House chamber to be savagely stabbed to death isn’t worth living in, Dowd complained.
“It all seems so tame and meaningless in Washington after Westeros,” Dowd lamented. “Ted Cruz and Rand Paul wouldn’t survive a fortnight in King’s Landing. Charles Dance’s icy Tywin Lannister, ruling over a kingdom more interested in dismemberment than disgruntled members, would have the Rains of Castamere playing as soon as he saw those pretenders to the throne. As for House Republicans, or should that be the House of Republicans, life would be mercifully short.”
Before viewing “Game of Thrones,” however, Dowd followed a strict anti-cruelty policy. Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan drew her ire back in 2012 for proposing spending cuts and being “the cutest package that cruelty ever came in.”
“Ryan should stop being so lovable,” she wrote. “People who intend to hurt other people should wipe the smile off their faces.”
The latest report indicated Dowd has abandoned this policy — and may even be ready to declare a ceasefire on The War on Women.
“Who wants to hear Hillary Clinton complain about a media double standard for women once you’ve gotten accustomed to the win-don’t-whine philosophy of Cersei, Daenerys, Melisandre, Margaery, Ygritte, Brienne and Arya?” Dowd wrote. “As it turns out, the show not only has its share of strong women, but plenty of lethal ones as well.”