Oh god. Maureen Dowd is back to writing fictional stories as her entire column. Only this time around, instead of writing about fictional conversations that Al Gore had with his reflection in the mirror, Dowd is writing about made-up clandestine meetings between Hillary and McCain, in which they conspire to smear Obama and make sure he loses the election. Maureen Dowd is probably the most atrocious columnist at a major newspaper in the past 25 years. Her clinical obsession with Hillary will eventually become too embarrassing for the New York Times to put up with, right? At the very least, the NYT would fire her before she's admitted to a mental institution. That's an extremely low bar, but judging by today's column, we're getting pretty close to clearing that bar now.