Barack Obama is learning what it will be like to challenge Hillary Clinton for the presidential nomination. Maureen Dowd, one of the big Democratic guns at the New York Times, just ripped Obama to shreds in her column on Wednesday for no reason at all.

Dowd tell her readers that Obama is looking thin, he uses a heater when it is cold, and he doesn’t like talking about swimsuits. You just have to read it. Excerpts are below.

Barrack Obama, this is how it will be for the next two years and why you have absolutely no chance to win. Hillary Clinton has a lock on the nomination, and just in case you get any uppity ideas, Hillary’s gangsters will whip you down.

And of course he is going to get it from all sides. Just read what Michelle Malkin has to say about Obama over at Real Clear Politics. Obama made an ass of himself this week claiming that American boys are being “wasted” in Iraq using the tiring anti-American rhetoric of a modern liberal.

NY TIMES edit queen Maureen Dowd unloads on Barack Obama in her Wednesday filing.

On the trail in Iowa, Dowd writes: “Obama’s so slender his wedding band looked as if it was slipping off… there was a wariness in his dark eyes.”

When a reporter asked him Obama whether he’d had a heater in his podium during his announcement speech in subzero Springfield, Obama hesitated.

Dowd slings: “He shot a look that said, ‘Are you from PEOPLE magazine?’ before conceding that, unlike Abe Lincoln, he’d had a heater.”

Dowd describes Obama as a “tad testy” as he was “traipsing around desolate stretches of snowy — and extremely white — Iowa.”

Obama had “moments of looking conflicted.”

Dowd claims that no fewer than three times last week, Obama got indignant about the beach-babe attention given to a shot of him in the Hawaiian surf.

“You’ve been reporting on how I look in a swimsuit,” Obama lectured a reporter.

Dowd snaps: “He poses for the cover of MEN’S VOGUE and then gets huffy when people don’t treat him as Hannah Arendt.”

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