Maureen Dowd pops up in the New York Times this morning after a long absence, and I am left scratching my head. While her column is predictably anti-Bush, it is eerily subdued. None of her trade mark childishness peeks through. No "icky ca ca doo doo" talk. No far out fantasies about Dick Cheney being Darth Sith (she only once refers to "Bushies"). No "little lost girl in a big man's world" coyness. The whole piece is pretty straightforward and adult-like.
What's going on here? Was she abducted by aliens who replaced her with a look-alike android? Is this the result of a forced intervention/deprogramming by Karl Rove? Or did she simply stop by the Betty Ford Clinic for a few quick ones?
I've got no idea. But the new MoDo is going to be a lot less fun to poke sticks at.