Maureen Dowd on 2016 elections: “King of winging it” vs. “queen of homework”

In the battle between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd is dubbing this year’s election as “the king of winging it versus the queen of homework.”

“Her problem is she’s too tightly controlled, and his problem is he’s out of control. And his problem is he’s too bold, and her problem is she’s sometimes not bold enough,” Dowd said Tuesday on “CBS This Morning.”

Dowd, who has covered the two presidential candidates for decades, is now out with a new book called “The Year of Voting Dangerously: The Derangement of American Politics,” where she writes that Trump and Clinton’s faceoff is “the most epic battle of the sexes since Billie Jean King faced off with Bobby Riggs,” referring to the hyped and televised tennis match from 1973.

During former President Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign, the Pulitzer Prize winner described strategists trying “to figure out a way to mend her image problems.” Additionally in 1999, Dowd wrote about Trump as he contemplated a run for president, saying the businessman was “pure id, no trepidation, no guilt, no P.C. restraints.”

“For centuries, women were considered temperamentally and biologically unsuited to hold higher office or even vote. And so now in this campaign, we have a candidate who gets their feelings hurt very easily and is pouty and gossipy and bitchy and sometimes hysterical, and worries constantly about hair care – but it’s not the woman,” Dowd said, chuckling. “And then we have one who’s very controlled and hawk and wears tailored suits, and it’s not the man.”