In the Christmas tradition of giving (and perhaps to spare herself some holiday toil), liberal columnist Maureen Dowd handed over her Sunday column to her conservative brother Kevin. The title captures the liberal horror that set in from liberal readers: "Oh, No! Kevin's Back!"
Sister Dowd set things up for her better half:
If it's Christmas, it must be time for my conservative brother to take over my column and turn it a blazing shade of red.
So without further ado, here is Kevin unplugged, offering a perspective from "the real America," as one of his favorite Republican philosophers, Sarah Palin, likes to put it.
Some of Kevin's zingers that left commenters at nytimes.com seeing, um, red:
It is stunning to watch rich lawmakers driving their own expensive cars off the cliff and signing on to such a socialist agenda. In dismissing the tea parties and pushing through plans the American people obviously don't want, they have made the fatal disconnect between the representatives and the represented.
President Obama continues life in the H.O.V. lane, fawned over by the press and the crowned heads of Europe. In between apologies, the president should have reminded those pompous blowhards that without our interference, they would all be speaking German.
My dad was a D.C. policeman, and I would like to apologize (not "recalibrate") to the Cambridge police for the president's assumption that they "acted stupidly." You would think that Mr. Obama would have afforded the police the same consideration he gave to the mass-murdering Muslim Army major when he said: "I would caution against jumping to conclusions."
Kevin went even pithier on the Democratic leadership. Some highlights:
To Chris Dodd: The only thing lower than your polls is your mortgage interest rate.
To Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mike Mullen: The military should be more interested in the men and women who serve than in celebrating diversity.
To the Democratic senators: Go last next time; the bribes are much bigger.