Skip to comments.Palin's Failin' (So Says Noonan)
Posted on 10/18/2008 8:30:55 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner
"Sometimes the leak is so bad that even a plumber can't fix it." This was the concise summation of a cable political strategist the other day, after the third and final presidential debate. That sounds about right, and yet the race in its final days retains a feeling of dynamism. I think it is going to burst open or tighten, not just mosey along.
But we have seen Mrs. Palin on the national stage for seven weeks now, and there is little sign that she has the tools, the equipment, the knowledge or the philosophical grounding one hopes for, and expects, in a holder of high office. She is a person of great ambition, but the question remains: What is the purpose of the ambition? She wants to rise, but what for? For seven weeks I've listened to her, trying to understand if she is Bushian or Reaganitea spender, to speak briefly, whose political decisions seem untethered to a political philosophy, and whose foreign policy is shaped by a certain emotionalism, or a conservative whose principles are rooted in philosophy, and whose foreign policy leans more toward what might be called romantic realism, and that is speak truth, know America, be America, move diplomatically, respect public opinion, and move within an awareness and appreciation of reality.
But it's unclear whether she is Bushian or Reaganite. She doesn't think aloud. She just . . . says things.
In the end the Palin candidacy is a symptom and expression of a new vulgarization in American politics. It's no good, not for conservatism and not for the country. And yes, it is a mark against John McCain, against his judgment and idealism.
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Noonan accusing another woman of "emotionalism" is pretty darn funny.
She’s a beltway insider elitist. Broken glass indeed.
wtf is noonan’s problem??
Sort of like how Peggy Noonan just....writes things?
I wonder what Peggy REALLY doesn’t like about Sarah Palin? Peggy is wrong this time.
And Obama’s credentials to be Commander in Chief are:
Oh yeah, he’s the first black editor of Harvard LR.
Sorry, slipped my mind.
Peggy doesn’t seem to THINK...she JUST writes....garbage, these days.
Going all wobbly on us..! No fool like an OLD FOOL, I say.
To think THIS WOMAN wrote speeches for Ronaldus Maximus...?! She’s now like another woman completely.
I’m SOOOO DISAPPOINTED! Shame on you, Peg.
It’s called cattiness.
What’s with some conseratives and Republicans expressing doubts about Sarah Palin? While the left hates her, she has excited the Republican base in a way that nobody since Ronald Reagan has. Win or lose in this election, Palin has a bright political future in the Republican party. If she and McCain go down to defeat this time, I think she will be a presidential candidate herself in 2012.
Peggy Noonan may be disappointed in Sarah, but she has clearly touched a chord among the Republican base and conservatives in general in this election.
I’m glad that we voters make the decisions, not elitist columnists/former speechwriters/talking heads.
What’s up with this lady? Does she think Obama bin Lyin’ is the better candidate?
I dunno. Something snapped in this broad about the time of Bush’s 2nd inauguration.
Eastern Elites have been put on notice and don’t like it.
Her disingenuous “hot mike” moment was how she truly felt, and any naysaying on her part after the fact is an insult to our collective intelligence.
I’m betting she is “retired” in January. She no longer has a product in demand (if she did).
I wonder who is paying this woman?
Maybe she is Sarah Palin.
The irony is breathtaking. Other than her oft-stated and creditable opposition to abortion, what precisely does Peggy Noonan believe? I couldn’t tell you what Peggy Noonan’s ideology is, other than a vague agreement with conservatism.
Off-topic: Josh Brolin’s monologue ranting about Bush is just pathetic. I mean, you can be political and be funny too, but it’s moronic.
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