Sharp-elbowed Washington columnist Maureen Dowd puts the knife in often and deep from her place on the op-ed page of the New York Times. She skewered Bill Clinton, and won a Pulitzer Prize in the year of Monica Lewinsky woes.
She has savaged the Bush White House, with withering portraits of bunker-bound "dark daddy" Dick Cheney, and of a hapless, hopeless George W. Bush. She went after her own controversial colleague, Times reporter Judith Miller, who left the paper days later in a cloud.
This fall, the only woman on the Times op-ed page came out with a new book saying feminism itself was a blip and a bust. That has raised a storm worthy of Dowd.
Hear a conversation with New York Timer columnist Maureen Dowd on Bush and men, war and women.
Maureen Dowd, Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times and author of "Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide."
This program aired on December 1, 2005.