Sunday, October 11, 2009

Maureen Dowd Uses "All Cage, No Bird" Line For The Fourth Time Today. Not That We're Counting Or Anything.

"Gandhi Wuz Robbed," October 11, 2009, in the voice of George W. Bush:

W.: I hear ya, 42. As if his head wasn’t big enough. This cat is all cage, no bird. He doesn’t have a clue.

"Sarah Grabs The Convenience Grab bag From Hillary," July 29, 2009:

Sarah [Palin] should follow her own advice to Hillary [Clinton] and work harder to be capable. Until then, she's all cage, no bird.

"Clash of the Titans," September 6, 2008, in the mock voice of Hillary Clinton as she debates a mock Sarah Palin:

CLINTON: I do give you and John credit, Sarah, for following my blueprint to reveal Obama as all cage, no bird.

"Letter from The Hunk," August 13, 1997, in the voice of John F. Kennedy Jr.:

I know my last editor's letter, swiping at my loser cousins and showing off my incredibly defined torso, made waves. It was my first venture into serious commentary. And now everyone is gathering, like urchins at a hanging, to wonder if I'm all cage, no bird.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nothing I hate more than one of Dowd's imaginary conversations. No cage, all turd.

Brian said...

The link from Twitter suggested that Dowd "plagiarized herself". It may be telling that she has used this phrase several times, and it may be bad writing, but repeating four words doesn't seem like plagiarism to me. More like oration.

Anonymous said...

It's not bad writing. Actually I think it's clever. But most great writers have the common sense to not repeat the same phrase again and again. Her inspiration William Safire would never have approved.

Anonymous said...

Hed makes it sound like she used it four times today.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh! Four times in 12 years!

Who cares? You're really reaching on this one.

Anonymous said...

Don't the greatest orators reuse the same phrase again and again? Do you want Martin Luther King to stop repeating the same phrase?


Do you want him to precess from "I have a dream" to "I have a nocturnal thought" to "My mind was imagining late last night" to "A meme was flowing through my brainspace" to etc.

Do you want Martin Luther King to stop repeating the same phrase? Don't the greatest orators reuse the same phrase again and again?

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