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Miles To Go(Peggy Noonan)
Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/12/08 | Peggy Noonan

Posted on 09/12/2008 3:55:21 AM PDT by DallasBiff

Democrats, hit reset. Accept the fact that the race has changed utterly, that you're up against a ticket that has captured the public imagination. Now you must go out and recapture it.

Out of the shirtsleeves, into the suit. Stop prowling the stage with what looks like Phil Donahue's old mic. No more scattered, listless riffs; back to the podium and the prepared—and focused—speech. Campaign as a duo, Obama-Biden, together again. Obama alone looks like he's part of nothing.

You must aim your fire at the top of the ticket, John McCain, and not at this beautiful girl, Sarah Palin, about whom you can do nothing.

You can never kill her now. Forget it. She can hurt herself, but in terms of Democratic attacks she is bulletproof. You made her that—she wasn't that way when she walked in

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Poor Peggy, she disses Gov. Palin at the convention, and now she can't be knocked out by her MSM friends and elite in which Ms. Noonan has become.

Peggy is like Obama, in that Gov. Palin(a rural rube, in Peggy's eyes) has stolen her spotlight, and Peggy's spotlight is that as being the womens voice of the GOP, and she can't stand it.

1 posted on 09/12/2008 3:55:21 AM PDT by DallasBiff
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To: DallasBiff

She did not diss Palin, she’s rightly worried about the people who are handling Palin...


2 posted on 09/12/2008 3:57:58 AM PDT by bahblahbah (http://explorations.chasrmartin.com/2008/09/06/palin-rumors/)
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To: DallasBiff

Peggy went native..too much time on Manhattan has addled her thinking. I dont trust a word she says anymore.


3 posted on 09/12/2008 3:58:02 AM PDT by DeusExMachina05 (I will not go into Dhimmitude quietly.)
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To: DallasBiff

There are some smart observations and a lot of air in this article.


4 posted on 09/12/2008 4:02:08 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("McCain and Palin: The Normal People Revolution" ~ rrrod)
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To: DeusExMachina05

It’s kind of sad. I figured she’d hide out for a week and then write a puff piece saying in effect “Please, please please like me again.”

We can forgive, but trusting what she writes is something else entirely.


5 posted on 09/12/2008 4:02:29 AM PDT by Luke21
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To: bahblahbah

No she diss Sarah and she is trying to recover. This is not the first time she showed her elite NYC side. Peggy is a two faced B*%ch.


6 posted on 09/12/2008 4:03:29 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Vote McWhatshisname and PALIN)
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To: DallasBiff

Have you seen Pegs on her chick website with all her mostly manhattany leftist friends?

http://www.wowowow.com/about

“wowOwow is a free daily Internet website created, run and written by Lesley Stahl, Peggy Noonan, Liz Smith, Joni Evans, Mary Wells, Sheila Nevins, Joan Juliet Buck, Whoopi Goldberg, Julia Reed, Joan Ganz Cooney, Judith Martin, Candice Bergen, Lily Tomlin, Jane Wagner, and Marlo Thomas.”


7 posted on 09/12/2008 4:04:36 AM PDT by Notwithstanding (Obama/Biden: the "O" stands for Zero Executive Experience & Zero Accomplishments)
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To: DallasBiff

Peggy: I’m tired of being lectured by someone who fusses over their copy as much as you do. George Bush didn’t hire you as a speechwriter, and we’re better for it.


8 posted on 09/12/2008 4:04:51 AM PDT by IncPen (We are but a moment's sunlight, fading in the grass ...)
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To: DallasBiff
"Normal versus Sissy"


9 posted on 09/12/2008 4:05:55 AM PDT by iowamark
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To: DallasBiff

I don’t think you read the column.

I liked it, found it fair, thoughtful, and pretty much mirrors my own thoughts.

Obama’s response to Palin has been downright stupid.


10 posted on 09/12/2008 4:06:02 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: DallasBiff

I stopped reading Peggy Noonan after she joined the msnbc crowd and seemed to sell her pen/keyboard to the Manhattan A-list party people.

She has reverted to her democrat roots, but is trying to disguise it to keep her credentials as a conservative voice on the network. She is as conservative as Lincoln Chafee now.


11 posted on 09/12/2008 4:06:35 AM PDT by maica (Peace is the Aftermath of Victory)
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To: DallasBiff
Accept the fact that the race has changed utterly, that you're up against a ticket that has captured the public imagination.

But Peggy, YOU said at the convention that McCain's strategy of picking Palin for her "narrative" would not work and that it was over!

12 posted on 09/12/2008 4:07:31 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: DallasBiff
noonan pulling for her home team... take up bowling you has been, no talent hack... I'll bet someone wrote those two speeches of Reagan's for you... HACK!

LLS

13 posted on 09/12/2008 4:08:55 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (GOD, Country, Family... except for dims!)
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To: bahblahbah
Sorry, but it is indeed dissing. Peggy Noonan among all her contemporaries in the MSM knows better. Here's the clue. Look for it from now on: the correct form of address is GOVERNOR PALIN. Not “Sarah Palin”, nor “Ms. Palin.” “Governor” is the title which she rightfully earned, and should be used in addressing her. The MSM and Governor Palin’s detractors have studiously avoided using the title for good reason. It's disrespectfully and insulting.
14 posted on 09/12/2008 4:10:45 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (Will Work for Ammo)
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To: Jedidah

That is probably the case, since Peggy is trying to come home.

Sorry Peg, you’re dead to me.


15 posted on 09/12/2008 4:10:58 AM PDT by A Balrog of Morgoth (QMC(SW) USN........ CG21 DD988 FFG34 PC6 ARS53)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Exactly - she completely whiffed on the most important event of this political season. Was utterly wrong and out-of-touch. She views Palin the same way as her harpie upper-west side gal pals. Also, she cannot hide her Miss Daisy crush on Obama.


16 posted on 09/12/2008 4:14:14 AM PDT by over3Owithabrain
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To: DallasBiff
Noonan’s writing skills may be as good as they ever were. I did not read the article so if someone who did says it was good, I will take their word on that. However, Noonan is not relevant anymore. There are new conservative female voices and writers in the new media such as Ingraham, Malkin, Coulter, etc who are far more interesting and with greater incite than Peggy.
17 posted on 09/12/2008 4:14:37 AM PDT by wmileo (I miss Ronald Wilson Reagan. POTUS #40)
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To: Notwithstanding

Looks more like a web enabled Tupperware Party.

Bet it sounds like one, too. Fourteen women in a romm and there are fourteen conversations going on. Not one is listening.


18 posted on 09/12/2008 4:17:18 AM PDT by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "P" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: DallasBiff
Actually, this is vintage Peggy Noonan. For the most part these are sensible observations, although sometimes she loses me when she tries to make some equivalency connection.

Nevertheless, Republicans need to remember it's nearly two months until the election. It's a tough row to hoe.

I WOULD like to hear Obama actually speak about just one real issue. I would like it even more if his words on that subject matched his votes which are consistent.

19 posted on 09/12/2008 4:18:24 AM PDT by stevem
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To: Notwithstanding

“wow wow wow dot com”

What are they, seniors in high school?

What a bunch of jackasses.


21 posted on 09/12/2008 4:22:18 AM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (If Hillary is elected, her legacy will be telling the American people: Better put some ice on that.)
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth

I just hate it when talking heads that should be on our side give in to the Dem narrative. Peggy was wrong during the attack against Palin and she’s eating crow right now.

I don’t feel bad for her. You appear on MSNBC, you have to know what kind of channel you are getting into bed with.

John Locke on Lost: I was wrong... words to live by Peggy.


22 posted on 09/12/2008 4:22:56 AM PDT by goodolemr
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To: DallasBiff

Instead of addressing the Dem’s as “you” throughout the article shouldn’t she have written “we”?


23 posted on 09/12/2008 4:23:02 AM PDT by babaloo
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To: Jedidah

Wow. The knee jerk responses here are something else.

This is a good article. I think she’s right. Spot-on, perhaps.

Go back and read it again.


24 posted on 09/12/2008 4:23:16 AM PDT by JusPasenThru (The only thing Obama's been running for 4 years is his mouth.)
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To: DallasBiff
Obama alone looks like he's part of nothing

Nothing from Nothing

25 posted on 09/12/2008 4:26:25 AM PDT by kanawa (http://www.canadalovessarah.ca/)
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To: Notwithstanding
Not to mention, “Whoopi” is about the dumbest hammer I've ever heard fall out of the box and go ‘thud.’
26 posted on 09/12/2008 4:26:33 AM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (If Hillary is elected, her legacy will be telling the American people: Better put some ice on that.)
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To: DallasBiff

Give her a break - Peggy was on the fainting couch after the DNC convention and missed the Palin hoopla.


27 posted on 09/12/2008 4:26:48 AM PDT by relictele
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To: DeusExMachina05
Peggy's recent columns make one wonder if she is not auditioning to become the distaff David Gergen.

She does however accurately describe Governor Palin at this point as bulletproof but not essentially because she was so crudely and ineptly libeled. We must understand that Palin's appeal is essentially moral and only secondarily political.

Sarah Palin and her baby are living reproaches Barak Obama. Her very being exposes Obama for the mountebank he is. She is the real deal and so transparent that people instantly recognize her to be authentic. He is a sham and her very presence utterly diminishes him on a moral scale. More, are our moral power illuminates the moral power of John McCain. This the left does not understand.

Applying this understanding to the Charlie Gibson interview, Sarah was not harmed at all because there was nothing which fundamentally undermined America's judgment that she is authentic and morally true. It does not matter if Sarah Palin is unsure about the Bush Doctrine-so is most of America-that is not the dimension which bonds her to the people. They want to know that her heart is right and that her mind is clear. They know that no one can foresee the challenges the country will face. They are not putting a fact checker one heartbeat away from the presidency. They are putting a human being with a soul in office. They want someone whose character they can trust, because they know that it is character alone that counts when the phone rings at 3 a.m.

Consider that in the context of Obama's remarks about putting lipstick on a pig. The public knows what he was up to and they don't like it. But worse, it scares them because it betrays something about Obama's character which has ominous shadings at 3 a.m.


28 posted on 09/12/2008 4:27:03 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: Notwithstanding

> Have you seen Pegs on her chick website with all her mostly manhattany leftist friends?

I just checked out their site. Wow. All these vapid lefty yoga-practitioning liberal women nattering about essentially nothing...

Real women post on the FRee Republic.


29 posted on 09/12/2008 4:27:09 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: iowamark



30 posted on 09/12/2008 4:27:56 AM PDT by igoramus08
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To: DallasBiff

Hey, give Peggy a break.


31 posted on 09/12/2008 4:30:11 AM PDT by jporcus
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To: DallasBiff
“the snobbery of it, the meanness of it, reminded the entire country, for the first time in a decade, what it is they don't like about the left. Really, America had forgotten. Mr. Obama’s friends reminded them. Unforgettably.”

Peggy Nooonan is dead on accurate with this quote and makes a few good points. However, the article reflects her lack of understanding about what is really going on. Peggy Noonan was very critical of the the choice of Governor Palin to be VP(not up front of course but only when she thought she wouldn't be heard). She does not acknowledge how good a choice Governor Palin is and how her friends in the MSM are going all out to destroy her.

32 posted on 09/12/2008 4:30:32 AM PDT by detective
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To: goodolemr

I agree. Funny how four years ago, Peggy seemed to do everything she could to help get Bush elected because she realized the seriousness of the election. This time, she’s on the sidelines...dissing... yes dissing our candidates.

I used to look forward to her articles until the open mike shot at the RNC.

She’s obviously not pushing for our team this time....and that bothers me...

Obama is not ready for the presidency. Anyone who eargerly votes for him is out of touch with reality.


33 posted on 09/12/2008 4:37:08 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Mr. Smith is coming back to Washington in the name of Sarah Palin.)
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To: DallasBiff

Peggy is on her way to becoming the next Arianna Huffington without the accent.


34 posted on 09/12/2008 4:38:39 AM PDT by jimbo123
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To: detective

“This beautiful girl, Sarah Palin”?! WTF.
Peggy has indeed gone native. Buh-bye


35 posted on 09/12/2008 4:40:00 AM PDT by FOL(iberty)
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To: DallasBiff

Who?


36 posted on 09/12/2008 4:40:26 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Jedidah
While it's not a horrible article, it's underlying tone is really not about Obama or Palin. It's about the almighty media (Peggy included) and their power. She builds up to this and then sums up it up in the last paragraph.

The mainstream media may themselves come down on Mr. Obama. They like him, but if he doesn't come back and make this a race, he'll embarrass them. They just might be on the edge of getting angry, having been left exposed. Forget what Mr. McCain and Mrs. Palin can do to Mr. Obama: If he embarrasses the media, they'll kill him.

37 posted on 09/12/2008 4:44:26 AM PDT by tsmith130
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To: DallasBiff

“Go after the old man”!!!! “The LADY is too good for us.....take out the old man”!!!


38 posted on 09/12/2008 4:44:32 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: iowamark

Show him BOWLING!


39 posted on 09/12/2008 4:45:08 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: DallasBiff
Go away Peggy "IT'S OVER".

[Your conservative credentials that is, we heard what you said into that hot microphone you thought was turned off, we know what you meant, and no amount of sucking up is going to make it go away.]

Once again:

IT'S OVER PEGGY
40 posted on 09/12/2008 4:45:39 AM PDT by mkjessup (Yeah, not all Muslims are terrorists, but on 9/11 EVERY TERRORIST WAS A MUSLIM!!!)
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To: DallasBiff

noonan was MSNBC fawning over Gov. Kane (eyebrow man)

her comments in general are fawning over Obama. Noonan has fallen so far down into the gutter.


41 posted on 09/12/2008 4:50:53 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: DallasBiff
The Road Less Traveled

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth

Then took the other, as just as fair
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less traveled by
And that has made all the difference.
42 posted on 09/12/2008 4:54:19 AM PDT by novemberslady
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To: DallasBiff

Peggy- you’re a fraud and a loser. Join the ranks of A. Huffington now.


43 posted on 09/12/2008 4:55:45 AM PDT by petercooper (IQ tests for all voters!)
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To: bahblahbah

I also noticed her not referring to the Governor as Governor Palin...BUT what really got me is that right up front she refers to the Governor as a “beautiful girl”...That really infuriated me. I used to love Peggy Noonan, but she has really lost me over this election cycle...


44 posted on 09/12/2008 4:56:24 AM PDT by back in NJ
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To: DallasBiff

Peggy has a certain weirdness about her.


45 posted on 09/12/2008 4:58:30 AM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: DallasBiff
The money quote;

Forget what Mr. McCain and Mrs. Palin can do to Mr. Obama: If he embarrasses the media, they'll kill him.

Gov. Palin dismissed the media out of hand at the convention. This did not make them happy campers. So in retribution, the media came down on her with both feet. The Obama campaign saw this and thought it was open season, so they piled on as well. BIG mistake.....the media and Rats got hit with blowback and McCain/Palin got a larger and faster than expected bounce. Smarting from these two slaps in the face, they feel their relevancy has been called into question....their bias exposed for the masses to see. Even those who pay scant attention to politics are suddenly aware that the media that they depend on to give them the straight story.....isn't doing it's job.

Obama now represents the media's only chance for salvation, plus, he's a two-fer! If they start questioning Obama,I mean really questioning him, that will take care of the (alleged) bias. Then, when Obama folds like a $2 suitcase under their questioning, they can lay claim to exposing him and saving the nation from him......and that will take care of the relevancy.

Hey Sen. Obama, that red spot on your forehead may not be a skin blemish!

jmho

46 posted on 09/12/2008 5:08:51 AM PDT by Roccus (Some day it'll all make sense.......................maybe.)
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To: DallasBiff

I am SO tempted to go hotmike on you, Peggy. But I’ll just say that you’re only half-exposed as a phony: the snobbish nouveau-lib half cooing encouragement to Obama. The other half remains hidden: you secretly detest the Obamas just as much as you envy the McCains.


47 posted on 09/12/2008 5:10:45 AM PDT by Graymatter
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To: Roccus

...isn’t doing it’s job. Should be.....isn’t doing its job.


48 posted on 09/12/2008 5:16:25 AM PDT by Roccus (Some day it'll all make sense.......................maybe.)
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To: DeusExMachina05

She does need to take a vacation and needs to take along all her brilliant old articles and books, and spend time re-reading them. It might help her to get back in touch with why we loved her.


49 posted on 09/12/2008 5:16:54 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (NOBAMA - it is for our future)
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To: Roccus
The mainstream media may themselves come down on Mr. Obama. They like him, but if he doesn't come back and make this a race, he'll embarrass them. They just might be on the edge of getting angry, having been left exposed. Forget what Mr. McCain and Mrs. Palin can do to Mr. Obama: If he embarrasses the media, they'll kill him.

Stab and twist.

50 posted on 09/12/2008 5:18:49 AM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Obviously, liberals can't handle a strong, independent woman.)
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