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Friday, March 19, 2004 "Ravishing Rabinowitz of the Right"
Dorothy Rabinowitz, the sexy, five-foot-tall Wall Street Journal columnist and editorial board member, hosted a dinner party recently at a downtown restaurant and, for a good 20 minutes, she smiled as her guests denounced Attorney General John Ashcroft.
Finally, she let it rip.
"I revere John Ashcroft," she said.
There was a lengthy silence. Things went downhill after that…
So begins a great profile in the New York Observer on the Pulitzer Prize-winning WSJ columnist, which later on quotes a Greenwich Village neighbor:
"I’m fairly apolitical, but after 10 minutes with Dorothy on the street, you just wonder why everyone isn’t a raging archconservative, because she’s wildly charismatic—and that’s something that left-wing people haven’t figured out yet."
Recently, Mr. Doonan said, there was an antiwar march down their street; he watched from his balcony as students chanted things like "Bush is a scumbag!"
"And then, all of a sudden, I saw Dorothy cleaving her way through them, and she had an American flag tied around her dog’s neck," he said. "She was spewing well-deserved invective at these idiotic students.
"And the fact that she’s such a good-looking broad doesn’t hurt," he continued. "She’s extremely good-looking. I would say she’s an Ava Gardner–Liz Taylor 50’s brunette. She’s always hot-looking. If she went to Washington, I’m sure they would think she’s a hooker."
Dorothy Rabinowitz grew up "very poor" in a two-family house in Queens. Her father, a grocer whose family had been killed by the Nazis, was often agitated. "He would go to refugee agencies every day after the war," she said. "I would catch him crying."
Her mother, she said, had a "rapier, assaultive" wit; she would mutter "bastards" and "thugs" under her breath, to which her husband would reply, "Shhhhh!"
Ms. Rabinowitz said she remembered when Harry Truman won the 1948 election. "But the greatest joy that I can remember was when the Giants won the pennant," she said.