Maureen Dowd is a racist…

For writing this.

Somebody better run and roust up Janeane Garofalo, Jimmy Carter, Bob Schieffer, Norah O'Donnell, and Charles Ogletree pronto. I don't know why they aren't at their usual posts, vigilantly guarding the president from the narrow-minded boors lurking in his midst.  Maybe they all needed to get their tattered race cards cleaned, blocked, starched, and ready to beat the next hapless conservative about the head for daring to question the president. 

Newt Gingrich got it for suggesting that Obama plays too much basketball, Donald Trump got it for wondering why Obama's school records are more classified than our exit strategy in Afghanistan. Oh, and Sarah Palin got it for referencing Obama's previous job as a college professor (because that's "code" for "uppity").

But so far, Dowd has gotten nary a whack for calling Obama "bi."

This may be a symptom of a much larger problem. Polls have recorded an uptick in bigoted swinishness in the U.S., and it's getting worse — with Dowd being the latest major media figure to succumb. This increased intolerance is scientifically documented, of course, by measuring the president's approval  — which, contrary to popular opinion, doesn't measure how well the public thinks Obama is doing his job, but the number of ignorant, haters who dwell among us.

And if you find that notion farfetched, crazy, paranoid, or just plain idiotic, don't look at me, It was Vice President Joe Biden's idea.

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