"The Mayans were right, as it turns out , when they predicted the world would end in 2012. It was just a select world: the GOP universe of arrogant, uptight , entitled, bossy, retrogressive white guys."I would have added "pugnacious" and "dyspeptic'', but under deadline pressure you can't think of everything.
Dowd was writing about the consequences of Mitt Romney's disastrously produced presidential campaign that ran aground long before Election Day. (By the fateful day, it is always too late to do anything about it!) Along the way, Mitt & Co. seemed to go out of the way to satisfy the predominant Caucasion brand of the party while the GOP stagehands like Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted were enlisted to shrink the Obama turnout by minorities.
While all of this was going on, did no one in the GOP camp notice that Obama was surging ahead with the same campaign organization that had earned him his earlier triumph. Within a year or so, his organizers were setting up shop in Ohio to replicate the first campaign. So confident of winning was Team Romney that it didn't come close to catching up with Obama's textbook ground organization when Mitt's operatives arrived in the Buckeye State a couple of years later.
(And didn't they make fun of Obama's community organizing work in Chicago?)
Aside to Maureen Dowd: Save your breath. White guys, unlike more socially adjusted white males, never listen to anybody anyway.