Note the title of yesterday's Fishwrap op-ed by Maureen Dowd:
Cruel Conservatives Throw a Masquerade Ball
The notion of a "masquerade" comes - verbatim - from David Axelrod, who is quoted near the end. It seems to me that if you're using his idea, he should be quoted more prominently, but it's their fishwrap. Not mine.
The gist of Dowd's commentary on the GOP convention is pure racial bigotry. White people - "in shades from eggshell to ecru" - are despised simply for being Caucasian, and none more so than those who have earned a fortune -- worst of all, in the real world. Oh, and if you saw anything other than white skin at the GOP convention, that was planted there, just for show.
What Dowd finds significant is that "the audience reflected a party in decline." The party is in decline, you see, because white people are in decline. At least I think that's her "logic."
Never mind that Rasmussen reports the number of Republicans is at a record high and Gallup, that the Democrat party is at a record low in terms of favorability going into a convention. What Maureen Dowd wants you to know is that Republicans are white, despicable and "cruel" in their lack of feeling for their fellow man (and woman). Democrats, we need not be told, diametrically opposite.
Now if we were to accept the premise that Republicans are naught but a masquerade, and we follow the stream of Ms. Dowd's consciousness to its logical conclusion, then the Democrats must be... well, I guess what you see is what you get.
And so it is.