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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 01/11/2007

Rosie and Donald -- Enough Already!

By Liz Kelly

It was Rosie O'Donnell, I believe, who first took Donald Trump to task for presuming to act as the "moral compass" for young American women. To paraphrase, she asked how this man -- who had two divorces and some possible extra-marital affairs under his belt -- could presume to decide what constitutes acceptable behavior for Miss USA, to whom he granted a second chance after she was caught doing a little underage drinking.

I agreed with Rosie at the time, but like most Americans, assumed Trump was exploiting the Tara Conner incident to buy the pageant (which he owns) and himself a little time in the sun.

But three weeks later, this thing has had enough sun to cause first-degree burns and instead of consolidating support for her initial good read of the situation, Rosie has lost all credibility, and proved herself to be as petty and headline-hungry as Trump. And -- this is good -- Rosie somehow managed to drag Barbara Walters down from Mount Olympus into the gutter, with Walters yesterday calling Trump a "poor, pathetic man" on the air.

I haven't seen this level of name-calling since I hunkered down in the corner of my eighth-grade lunch room, laughing into my Hawaiian Punch can as tables of adolescent boys beat their chests and hurled escalating variations of girlie-man/punk/your mama comments at each other.

But I'm not in eighth grade anymore and this back-and-forth bitchfest is about as compelling to my adult tastes as the dying form of entertainment known as the beauty pageant.

So, I hope I speak for America when I say I don't want Donald Trump deciding what constitutes appropriate antics for a 20-year-old woman, but neither do I want anyone taking cues from Trump, Walters or O'Donnell on how to relate to other human beings.

Enough already, you three. You're fired.

By Liz Kelly  | January 11, 2007; 10:42 AM ET
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