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  • The Year of the Reticent Voter

    09/23/2016 5:10:19 AM PDT · by Dr. Sivana · 22 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/23/2016 | Peggy Noonan
    The signature sentence of this election begins with the words “In a country of 320 million . . .” I hear it everywhere. It ends with “how’d it come down to these two?” or “why’d we get them?” Another sentence is a now a common greeting among Republicans who haven’t seen each other in a while: “What are we gonna do?” The most arresting sentence of the week came from a sophisticated Manhattan man friendly with all sides. I asked if he knows what he’ll do in November. “I know exactly,” he said with some spirit. “I will be one...
  • Amelia Earhart made contact with radio operators for days after her plane went down

    09/10/2016 4:34:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 109 replies ^ | September 10, 2016
    DID Amelia Earhart survive her plane crash? This is the most likely theory, with evidence emerging that she was making contact for days after her plane disappeared.The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) believes Earhart safely landed her plane when it disappeared in 1937 and died as a castaway. During a presentation in the US last month, TIGHAR’s Ric Gillespie backed up all of the group’s theories. Earhart’s plane was last seen on the radar on July 2, 1937. After becoming the first woman pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, she embarked on a mission to fly...
  • How Global Elites Forsake Their Countrymen

    08/15/2016 5:08:04 AM PDT · by EliRoom8 · 19 replies
    The Patriot Post ^ | 8/13/2016 | Peggy Noonan
    Those in power see people at the bottom as aliens whose bizarre emotions they must try to manage. ############# This is about distance, and detachment, and a kind of historic decoupling between the top and the bottom in the West that did not, in more moderate recent times, exist. Recently I spoke with an acquaintance of Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and the conversation quickly turned, as conversations about Ms. Merkel now always do, to her decisions on immigration. Last summer when Europe was engulfed with increasing waves of migrants and refugees from Muslim countries, Ms. Merkel, moving unilaterally, announced...
  • How Global Elites Forsake Their Countrymen

    08/13/2016 7:21:26 AM PDT · by Mariner · 58 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 11th, 2016 | Peggy Noonan
    This is about distance, and detachment, and a kind of historic decoupling between the top and the bottom in the West that did not, in more moderate recent times, exist. Recently I spoke with an acquaintance of Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, and the conversation quickly turned, as conversations about Ms. Merkel now always do, to her decisions on immigration. Last summer when Europe was engulfed with increasing waves of migrants and refugees from Muslim countries, Ms. Merkel, moving unilaterally, announced that Germany would take in an astounding 800,000. Naturally this was taken as an invitation, and more than a...
  • The Week They Decided Donald Trump Was Crazy

    08/08/2016 10:35:36 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 34 replies
    WSJ Opinions ^ | 8-4-2016 | Peggy Noonan
    Beyond that, anti-Trump Republicans treat his voters like immoral enablers of a malignant boob. Should Mr. Trump lose decisively in November they’ll lord it over everyone, say “I told you so,” and accept what they imagine will be forelock-tugging apologies. Then they will get to work burying not only Mr. Trump but his issues. That’s where the future of the GOP will be fought, and found: on whether Trumpism can be defeated along with Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump would care about that if he cared about that. I end with a new word, at least new to me. A friend...
  • Trump Was a Spark, Not the Fire

    05/06/2016 4:30:14 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 22 replies
    wsj ^ | 5 may 2016 | Peggy Noonan
    or this reason among others, I do not understand the impulse of the NeverTrump people to anathametize and shun those Republicans who will not vow to oppose Mr. Trump and commit to defeating him. They have been warned that if they don’t do these things they will not be allowed to help rebuild the party after Mr. Trump destroys it. Conservatives love to throw conservatives out of conservatism; it’s like an ancestral tic. But great political movements should not be run like private clubs. And have the anathemitizers noticed they aren’t in charge anymore? That in the great antiestablishment disruption...
  • Simple Patriotism Trumps Ideology

    04/28/2016 8:08:04 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 22 replies
    You could see this aspect of Trumpism—I’m about America, end of story—in his much-discussed foreign-policy speech this week. I have found pretty much everything said about it to be true. It was long, occasionally awkward-sounding and sometimes contradictory. It was interesting nonetheless. He was trying to blend into a coherent whole what he’s previously said when popping off on the hustings. He was trying to establish that there’s a theme to the pudding. He was also trying to reassure potential supporters that he is actually serious, that he does have a foreign-policy framework as opposed to just a grab bag...
  • That Moment When 2016 Hits You (Noonan)

    04/22/2016 1:04:11 PM PDT · by Milhous · 92 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 22, 2016 | Peggy Noonan
    Have you had your 2016 Moment? I think you probably have, or will. The Moment is that sliver of time in which you fully realize something epochal is happening in politics, that there has never been a presidential year like 2016, and suddenly you are aware of it in a new, true and personal way. It tends to involve a poignant sense of dislocation, a knowledge that our politics have changed and won’t be going back.
  • Trump and the Rise of the Unprotected

    02/26/2016 7:38:58 AM PST · by georgiarat · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 26, 2016 | Peggy Noonan
    We’re in a funny moment. Those who do politics for a living, some of them quite brilliant, are struggling to comprehend the central fact Republican primary race, while regular people have already absorbed what has happened and is happening. Journalists and politicos have been sharing schemes for how Marco parlays a victory out of winning nowhere, or Ted roars back, or Kasich has to finish second in Ohio. But in my experience any nonpolitical person on the street, when asked who will win, not only knows but gets a look as if you’re teasing him. Trump.
  • Trump and the Rise of the Unprotected

    02/27/2016 5:01:27 AM PST · by BobL · 71 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb 25, 2016 | Peggy Noonan
    We're in a funny moment. Those who do politics for a living, some of them quite brilliant, are struggling to comprehend the central fact Republican primary race, while regular people have already absorbed what has happened and is happening. Journalists and politicos have been sharing schemes for how Marco parlays a victory out of winning nowhere, or Ted roars back, or Kasich has to finish second in Ohio. But in my experience any nonpolitical person on the street, when asked who will win, not only knows but gets a look as if you're teasing him. Trump.
  • The story behind Reagan's famous Challenger speech

    01/28/2016 8:50:30 AM PST · by bigbob · 36 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1-28-16 | Tribune Wire Report
    Images from Jan. 28, 1986, are seared into the memories of former schoolchildren, teachers, parents, and pretty much any American now older than 30 - the Challenger space shuttle, meant to carry school teacher Christa McAuliffe into orbit, reduced to a snaky tunnel of smoke in the sky near Cape Canaveral. In the years that followed, a lot would come out about a disaster watched in countless classrooms across the nation: about faulty O-rings, about dangerously cold temperatures, and about how five crewmen, an engineer and a New Hampshire teacher meant to represent NASA in its finest hour became the...
  • Noonan: GOP Can't Win Presidency With Trump And They Can't Win Without His Supporters

    12/10/2015 9:08:24 AM PST · by Biggirl · 123 replies ^ | December 10, 2015 | Pam Key
    Thursday on “CBS This Morning” while discussing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hinting at a third-party run, Peggy Noonan, a former speech writer for President Ronald Reagan and weekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal, said the Republican Party is in a “delicate” position because they can’t afford to ostracize Trump’s supporters.
  • The First Amendment Needs Your Prayers

    12/06/2015 8:09:35 PM PST · by TBP · 28 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 4, 2015 | Peggy Noonan
    You can see a coarsening in how we respond and react on social media. No one feels ashamed to exploit the tragedy for political purposes even while it is happening. But as soon as the story broke Wednesday afternoon, and while it was still going on, there were accusations and bitter words flung all over the Internet. The weirdest argument came almost immediately. A person named Chris Murphy, who is a U.S. senator representing Connecticut, sent out what struck me as the most manipulative message of recent political history. The background is that Republican presidential contestants responded online to the...
  • The First Amendment Needs Your Prayers

    12/04/2015 3:27:25 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 25 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 4, 2015 | Peggy Noonan
    We are all free to say what we think, and must be, for without this freedom we will no longer be America. More on that below. But you always hope what is said will be constructive, helpful, maybe even at some point heartening. You have a responsibility as an adult to do your best in this area. But as soon as the story broke Wednesday afternoon, and while it was still going on, there were accusations and bitter words flung all over the Internet. The weirdest argument came almost immediately. A person named Chris Murphy, who is a U.S. senator...
  • Peggy Noonan Mocks Sanders Saying ISIS Exacerbated by Climate Change

    11/15/2015 10:13:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | November 15, 2015 | Jeffrey Meyer
    During an appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan strongly rebuked Bernie Sanders’ claim during Saturday’s Democratic presidential debate that climate change has contributed to the rise of ISIS.
  • Hillary’s Ungainly Glide

    04/15/2015 11:31:34 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 14, 2015 | Peggy Noonan
    [SNIP]...Republican candidates get grilled, sometimes impertinently, and pressed, sometimes brusquely. And it isn’t true that they’re only questioned in this way once they announce, Scott Walker has been treated like this also, and he has yet to announce. Republicans see this, and then they see that Mrs. Clinton isn’t grilled, is never forced to submit to anyone’s morning-show impertinence, is never the object of the snotty question or the sharp demand for information. She gets the glide. She waves at the crowds and the press and glides by. No one pushes. No one shouts the rude question or rolls out...
  • Michael Savage can’t quite bring himself to insult Peggy Noonan

    10/18/2014 6:13:20 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 34 replies
    Over the years, no one has been safe from Savage’s venom… Rush Limbaugh? Fat fraud. Sean Hannity? Liar. Mark Levin? Corrupt. Glenn Beck? Huckster, con man. Charles Krauthammer? Overrated. Bill Kristol? Warmonger. Fake conservatives. Dick Cheney? King of the Neocons. Rand Paul? Too short. Ted Cruz? Snake. Marco Rubio? Biggest fraud. John Bolton? A deranged walrus. Firefighters? Lazy. Ferguson prosters? Animals. Paleo-dieters? Schmendricks. Jay-Z & Beyonce? Lowlife garbage. Russian women? They age badly. SNIP "We all love her to death, but [her columns] have no impact whatsoever. "
  • The Unwisdom of Barack Obama as Told by the Unwise Peggy Noonan

    09/22/2014 6:13:13 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 25 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 9-22-2014 | MOTUS
    There’s much to be said about Ms. Noonan’s column “The Unwisdom of Barack Obama” in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal. For starters, she writes it as the all-wise observer from afar who’s known all along that Big Guy was in waaaaay over his head; knew that he actually Peter Principled out somewhere between Harvard Law and Chicago community organizer.To read Saturday’s column, you might think that Peggy has seen through Barack Hussein Obama’s veneer from the start. You might assunme that she, unlike other so-called conservative columnists, was not  sucked in by those sharply creased pant legs,…mistaking them for a sign...
  • The Crisis on the Border

    07/14/2014 6:52:00 AM PDT · by demshateGod · 28 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 11, 2014 | Peggy Noonan
    What is happening at the southern border is a true and actual crisis. News accounts justly use words like chaos, collapse and breakdown. They feature images of children—toddlers, 4- and 5-year-olds—being shuffled to warehouse holding centers, sleeping crowded at night on what look like pallets, covered only in Mylar blankets. "I never thought we'd have refugee camps in America," said Texas Sen. John Cornyn, "but that's what it's appearing." All this gives normal people a feeling of besiegement and foreboding. Is a nation without borders a nation? Washington's leaders seem to recognize what's happening as a political problem, not a...
  • Benghazi Isn't Iran-Contra

    05/09/2014 2:51:17 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 31 replies
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | May 8, 2014 | PEGGY NOONAN
    The Benghazi investigation should go forward but with knowledge that it will face heavy partisan and media pushback. Democrats will argue—they already are—that with the country in crisis the attention of Congress should be turned to addressing the issue that weighs most on the public mind: a bad economy with the very top flourishing while the middle is stuck, stressed and sinking. That will not be a wholly effective line for Democrats. Their and the president's inability to work legislatively with Republicans the past 5˝ years has left the American people understanding that nothing's going to get done in the...
  • Stay Home, America [Don't shop on Thanksgiving]

    11/27/2013 10:03:14 PM PST · by grundle · 146 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | November 27, 2013 | Peggy Noonan
    I had a lot of jobs in a somewhat knockabout youth—waitress, clerk, temporary secretary, counter girl in a bakery and in a flower shop. One thing all these jobs had in common was something so common, so expected, that it was unremarked upon. You got holidays off. About a million Wal-Mart workers will have to be in by 5 p.m. for a 6 p.m. opening, so I guess they'll have to eat quickly with family, then bolt. Kmart will open on Thanksgiving too, along with Target, Sears, Best Buy and Macy's, among others. It's not right. The idea that Thanksgiving...
  • Peggy Noonan: World Yearns for Return of Strong American Leadership

    09/29/2013 8:48:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 59 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 9/29/13 | Melanie Batley
    This week's United Nations General Assembly underscored how little influence President Barack Obama has on the world stage, and the longing among allies for a resurgence of strong American leadership, Peggy Noonan says. In her column for The Wall Street Journal, Noonan says that conversations behind the scenes at the annual U.N. session indicated concern that American influence has waned, and nostalgia for the "old America" that set an example of leadership and success admired throughout the world. "The world misses the old America, the one before the crash — the crashes — of the past dozen years," the author...
  • Making Sense Of Syria

    09/10/2013 2:21:13 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 10,2013 | Peggy Noonan
    This is what I think we’re seeing: The president has backed away from a military strike in Syria. But he can’t acknowledge this or act as if it is true. He is acting and talking as if he’s coolly, analytically, even warily contemplating the Russian proposal and the Syrian response. The proposal, he must know, is absurd. Bashar Assad isn’t going to give up all his hidden weapons in wartime, in the middle of a conflict so bitter and severe that his forces this morning reportedly bombed parts of Damascus, the city in which he lives.
  • Peggy Noonan: Obama Got To Point When People Stopped Listening To Him Faster Than Most Presidents

    07/28/2013 5:39:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 7/28/13 | Noel Sheppard
    "I think every president in the intense media environment we have now, certainly every two-term president, gets to a point where the American people stop listening, stop leaning forward hungrily for information. I think this president got there earlier than most presidents. And I think he's in that time now." So said the Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan on ABC's This Week Sunday. GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, HOST: You are seeing (ph) more populist Democrats, I agree with that, but Peggy Noonan, you know, the president going back to the country one more time, it's unclear that these speeches are doing much...
  • The IRS scandal is unraveling

    07/19/2013 7:31:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/19/2013 | Thomas Lifson
    We can now officially say that the IRS harassment of conservative groups is a political scandal connected to the Obama political machine. Despite the best obfuscatory efforts of Obama henchmen like Rep. Elijah Cummings, yesterday the IRS scandal was tied to a political appointee of President Obama. Step-by-step the chain is being followed upward by the House Oversight Committee chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa. Jay Carney's assurances that two rogue agents in a back office in the 27th most populous metropolis of America were the problem has been exposed as a blatant, outrageous lie. Now we know that Obama's hand-picked...
  • Noonan: A Bombshell in the IRS Scandal

    07/19/2013 4:58:22 AM PDT · by opentalk · 63 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 19, 2013 | Peggy Noonan
    The IRS scandal was connected this week not just to the Washington office—that had been established—but to the office of the chief counsel. That is a bombshell—such a big one that it managed to emerge in spite of an unfocused, frequently off-point congressional hearing in which some members seemed to have accidentally woken up in the middle of a committee room, some seemed unaware of the implications of what their investigators had uncovered, one pretended that the investigation should end if IRS workers couldn't say the president had personally called and told them to harass his foes, and one seemed...
  • Peggy Noonan – Wendy Davis ‘stood for infanticide’ (video)

    07/02/2013 2:23:01 PM PDT · by Yossarian · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 7/2/2103 | JILL STANEK
    Author and historian Peggy Noonan appeared on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” to set the record straight on what Texas State Senator Wendy Davis was really standing for, in the eyes of many Americans. (SNIP. JUST VIDEO FOLLOWS. CLICK ON THIS LINK TO SEE VIDEO.)
  • Why This Scandal Is Different

    06/03/2013 11:02:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 80 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 31, 2013 | Peggy Noonan
    Sometimes when you’re writing part of a column you keep getting close to the meaning of what you want to say but you don’t quite get there, the full formulation of the idea eludes you. Then two days later, relaxing in conversation with friends, the thought comes to you whole, and you think: That’s what I meant to say. That’s what I was trying to get. This week I had one of those moments. I kept trying, the paragraph kept not quite working, the deadline came. I got an email last night that had the effect of a clarifying conversation....
  • This Is No Ordinary Scandal

    05/16/2013 4:48:50 PM PDT · by grimalkin · 85 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5-16-13 | Peggy Noonan
    We are in the midst of the worst Washington scandal since Watergate. The reputation of the Obama White House has, among conservatives, gone from sketchy to sinister, and, among liberals, from unsatisfying to dangerous. No one likes what they're seeing. The Justice Department assault on the Associated Press and the ugly politicization of the Internal Revenue Service have left the administration's credibility deeply, probably irretrievably damaged. They don't look jerky now, they look dirty. The patina of high-mindedness the president enjoyed is gone. Something big has shifted. The standing of the administration has changed. As always it comes down to...
  • The Presidential Wheel Turns

    04/26/2013 7:05:33 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 14 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 26, 2013 | Peggy Noonan
    Barack Obama was elected president in 2008 because he was not George W. Bush. In fact, he was elected because he was the farthest thing possible from Mr. Bush. On some level he knew this, which is why every time he got in trouble he'd say Bush's name. It's all his fault, you have no idea the mess I inherited. As long as Mr. Bush's memory was hovering like Boo Radley in the shadows, Mr. Obama would be OK.
  • Margaret Thatcher funny story

    04/08/2013 11:59:40 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/10/07 | Peggy Noonan
    The story as I was told it is that in the early years of her prime ministership, Margaret Thatcher held a meeting with her aides and staff, all of whom were dominated by her, even awed. When it was over she invited her cabinet chiefs to join her at dinner in a nearby restaurant. They went, arrayed themselves around the table, jockeyed for her attention. A young waiter came and asked if they'd like to hear the specials. Mrs. Thatcher said, "I will have beef." Yes, said the waiter. "And the vegetables?" "They will have beef too." Too good to...
  • Noonan: "Tea Party Style Of Rage Is Not One That Wins Over Converts"

    11/11/2012 3:31:31 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 91 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 11-11-2012
    (snip) “It can move forward things in a good way. I think the tea party is going to have to look at itself,” Noonan added. “It’s been so helpful to the Republican Party in the past. It saved it by not going third party in 2010, helping the Republicans sweep the House. But the tea party style of rage is not one that wins over converts and makes people lean towards them and say, ‘I want to listen to you.’ I think a friendly persuasion has to begin now from the Republican Party to people of the United States.”
  • Monday Morning (Noonan: It's Romney)

    11/05/2012 12:14:38 PM PST · by RoosterRedux · 79 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11/5/2012 | Peggy Noonan
    Romney’s crowds are building—28,000 in Morrisville, Pa., last night; 30,000 in West Chester, Ohio, Friday It isn’t only a triumph of advance planning: People came, they got through security and waited for hours in the cold. His rallies look like rallies now, not enactments. In some new way he’s caught his stride. He looks happy and grateful. His closing speech has been positive, future-looking, sweetly patriotic. His closing ads are sharp—the one about what’s going on at the rallies is moving. All the vibrations are right. A person who is helping him who is not a longtime Romneyite told me,...
  • Noonan: Confusing Strength With Aggression (Noonan nails it)

    10/12/2012 4:59:38 AM PDT · by barryobi · 60 replies
    wsj ^ | 10/12/2012 | peggy noonan
    Last week Mr. Obama was weirdly passive. Last night Mr. Biden was weirdly aggressive, if that is the right word for someone who grimaces, laughs derisively, interrupts, hectors, rolls his eyes, browbeats and attempts to bully. He meant to dominate, to seem strong and no-nonsense. Sometimes he did—he had his moments. But he was also disrespectful and full of bluster. "Oh, now you're Jack Kennedy!" he snapped at one point. It was an echo of Lloyd Bentsen to Dan Quayle, in 1988. But Mr. Quayle, who had compared himself to Kennedy, had invited the insult. Mr. Ryan had not. It...
  • Chris Wallace doubts Noonan's conservatism

    09/21/2012 11:13:08 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 63 replies
    Chris Wallace doubts Noonan's conservatism Comments (55) By PATRICK GAVIN and DYLAN BYERS | 9/21/12 11:43 AM EDT In an interview with POLITICO today, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace questioned Peggy Noonan's "conservative bona fides," following her recent editorials criticizing of Mitt Romney's campaign. "Peggy Noonan has bashed George W. Bush, based Mitt Romney, wasn't crazy about McCain. So, [her] conservative bona fides I'm not sure I take too seriously," Wallace told POLITICO's Patrick W. Gavin. "[Columnists] like Peggy Noonan, sometimes they're New York City's idea of conservatives." Wallace's remarks come on the same day that Romney surrogate and...
  • Noonan: Romney not helping himself

    09/12/2012 4:00:50 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 127 replies
    politico ^ | 9/12/12 11:31 AM EDT | MACKENZIE WEINGER and DYLAN BYERS
    The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan is criticizing Mitt Romney’s response to the death of a U.S. diplomat in Libya, telling Fox News today she doesn’t feel that the Republican presidential nominee “has been doing himself any favors” in the past few hours. “I was thinking as he spoke, I think I belong to the old school of thinking that in times of great drama and heightened crisis, and in times when something violent has happened to your people, I always think discretion is the better way to go,” Noonan said. “When you step forward in the midst of a...
  • Noonan: What's Changed After Wisconsin...The Obama admin. suddenly looks like a house of cards.

    06/07/2012 6:17:46 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 26 replies
    the Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/7/2012 | Peggy Noonan
    What happened in Wisconsin signals a shift in political mood and assumption. Public employee unions were beaten back and defeated in a state with a long progressive tradition. The unions and their allies put everything they had into "one of their most aggressive grass-roots campaigns ever," as the Washington Post's Paul Whoriskey and Dan Balz reported in a day-after piece. Fifty thousand volunteers made phone calls and knocked on 1.4 million doors to get out the vote against Gov. Scott Walker. Mr. Walker's supporters, less deeply organized on the ground, had a considerable advantage in money. But organization and money...
  • Noonan: America's Crisis of Character

    04/20/2012 3:11:49 AM PDT · by pieceofthepuzzle · 38 replies
    WSJ Online ^ | 4/20/2012 | Peggy Noonan
    People in politics talk about the right track/wrong track numbers as an indicator of public mood. This week Gallup had a poll showing only 24% of Americans feel we're on the right track as a nation. That's a historic low. Political professionals tend, understandably, to think it's all about the economy—unemployment, foreclosures, we're going in the wrong direction. I've long thought that public dissatisfaction is about more than the economy, that it's also about our culture, or rather the flat, brute, highly sexualized thing we call our culture...
  • Not-So-Smooth Operator

    03/30/2012 7:32:19 AM PDT · by magellan · 59 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 29, 2012 | Peggy Noonan
    Not-So-Smooth OperatorObama increasingly comes across as devious and dishonest.Something's happening to President Obama's relationship with those who are inclined not to like his policies. They are now inclined not to like him. His supporters would say, "Nothing new there," but actually I think there is. I'm referring to the broad, stable, nonradical, non-birther right. Among them the level of dislike for the president has ratcheted up sharply the past few months. It's not due to the election, and it's not because the Republican candidates are so compelling and making such brilliant cases against him. That, actually, isn't happening. What is...
  • NEW - Official: Paterno didn't do enough to stop abuse (Frank Noonan speaks)

    11/07/2011 4:27:06 PM PST · by MontaniSemperLiberi · 16 replies
    tribune-democrat (Johnstown) ^ | November 7, 2011 | Marc Levy & Mark Scolforo
    Football coach Joe Paterno and other Penn State officials didn't do enough to try to stop suspected sexual abuse of children at the hands of a former assistant football coach, the state police commissioner said Monday. Paterno may have fulfilled his legal requirement to report suspected abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, state police Commissioner Frank Noonan said, "but somebody has to question about what I would consider the moral requirements for a human being that knows of sexual things that are taking place with a child." He added: "I think you have the moral responsibility, anyone. Not...
  • Peggy Noonan: Is Rick Perry too macho?

    08/27/2011 8:00:56 AM PDT · by AAABEST · 82 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 25, 2011 | Allahpundit
    I can’t shake the feeling that this column might not be well received by the base. She’s referring, of course, to his comments about Bernanke’s near-treason and offhand musings about secession: Mr. Perry’s primary virtue for the Republican base is that he means it. He comes across as a natural conservative, Texas Division, who won’t be changing his mind about his basic premises any time soon. His professed views don’t seem to be an outfit he can put on and take off at will. In this of course he’s the anti-Romney. Unlike Ms. Bachmann, he has executive experience, three terms...
  • The President's Island Retreat

    08/19/2011 5:08:43 PM PDT · by MontaniSemperLiberi · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | August 19, 2011 | Nanoonan
    The phrase of the day is "new lows." It blares from every screen. The number of Americans satisfied with the ways things are going hits new lows—11%. President Obama's popularity: new lows. The Dow Jones Industrial Average this year: new lows. Maybe it will enter ordinary language. "Charlie, it's been ages. How are you, how's Betty?" "I'm experiencing some volatility, but she's inching toward new lows." The market is dispirited. I'm wondering if the president is, too, and if that won't carry implications for the 2012 race. You can imagine him having lunch with political advisers, hearing some unwanted advice—"Don't...
  • The Power of Bad Ideas

    08/06/2011 8:55:07 AM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/6/11 | Peggy Noonan
    What we've got here is far worse than a failure to communicate. There was drama at the White House this week when a man tried to hurl himself over the fence. But the Secret Service intervened and talked the president into going back inside and finishing his term. That's from Conan O'Brien's monologue the other night. It captures the moment pretty well. Mr. Obama's poll numbers continue to fall, his position in the battleground states to deteriorate. From Politico: "Obama emerges from the months-long [debt ceiling] fracas weaker—and facing much deeper and more durable political obstacles—than his own advisers ever...
  • Peggy Noonan wrong to call Obama a ‘loser’ or not loved

    07/31/2011 7:25:40 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 29, 2011 | Jonathan Capehart
    Yesterday, I pushed back on the bothersome Beltway meme that President Obama is invisible in this epic fight over raising the debt ceiling. Today, I want to dispute Peggy Noonan’s assertion that “nobody loves Obama.” Her opinion piece is all the more noteworthy for calling the president “a loser.” There are many legitimate criticisms you could level against Obama, particularly about his governing style or his personality. But calling him a “loser” was uncalled for. The notion that “nobody loves Obama” is something Noonan says she’s “never seen in national politics.” She goes on to write: This is amazing...
  • They've Lost That Lovin' Feeling (Peggy Noonan)

    07/29/2011 7:06:12 AM PDT · by chickadee · 86 replies
    WSJ ^ | 7/29/2011 | Peggy Noonan
    But that actually is not what I want to talk about. I want to talk about something that started to become apparent to me during the debt negotiations. It's something I've never seen in national politics. It is that nobody loves Obama. This is amazing because every president has people who love him, who feel deep personal affection or connection, who have a stubborn, even beautiful refusal to let what they know are just criticisms affect their feelings of regard. At the height of Bill Clinton's troubles there were always people who'd say, "Look, I love the guy." They'd often...
  • Why Is Our Media-Floozy President So Silent On Libya?

    03/25/2011 6:36:33 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 16 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 3-25-11 | Jared H. McAndersen
    One of my favorite columnists in existence, Peggy Noonan, had a great piece today on how Obama owes the country an explanation of his actions in Libya. As usual she is spot on. It's not like we're asking him to solve any problems, we just want him to give us an explanation. You'd think he'd treat that like we just asked him to celebrate pre-Christmas. He gets a script, a teleprompter, he doesn't have to answer any questions, and he'll speak from his desk, so doesn't even have to change out of his golf shorts! But no, we wake...
  • How to Continue the Obama Upswing (Peggy Noonan Barf Alert...)

    01/20/2011 5:19:21 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/21/11 | Peggy Noonan
    One idea he should embrace: a ban on extended ammo clips. The State of the Union Address is usually among the most important and least memorable of presidential speeches. The speech itself, in an august setting, is an opportunity for a president to break through in a new way. TV and radio carry it live, and it's hard for the average citizen to avoid seeing at least a piece of it. It's a real chance for a White House to tell the American people "This is where we stand, this is why we are here, this is what we believe...
  • Bones found on island may belong to Amelia Earhart

    12/17/2010 12:46:01 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 114 replies · 10+ views
    AFP via Breitbart ^ | December 16, 2010 | N/A
    US aircraft history buffs are hopeful that tiny bones along with artefacts from the 1930s found on a remote Pacific island may reveal the fate of pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart. In one of aviation's most enduring mysteries, Earhart took off from Lae, in what is now Papua New Guinea, while attempting to circumnavigate the globe via the equator in 1937 and was never seen again. A massive search at the time failed to find the flyer and her navigator Fred Noonan, who were assumed to have died after ditching their Lockheed Electra aircraft in the ocean, according to the Amelia...
  • From Audacity to Animosity

    12/10/2010 7:46:37 AM PST · by libstripper · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Wall Street Joiurnal ^ | December 10, 2010 | Peggy Noonan
    We have not in our lifetimes seen a president in this position. He spent his first year losing the center, which elected him, and his second losing his base, which is supposed to provide his troops. There isn't much left to lose! Which may explain Tuesday's press conference. President Obama was supposed to be announcing an important compromise, as he put it, on tax policy. Normally a president, having agreed with the opposition on something big, would go through certain expected motions. He would laud the specific virtues of the plan, show graciousness toward the negotiators on the other side—graciousness...
  • Obama's Gifts to the GOP

    11/11/2010 8:59:59 PM PST · by Sarah · 20 replies · 3+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | November 12, 2010 | Peggy Noonan
    Obama's Gifts to the GOP Republicans own the political center for now. Not because they deserve it. Democrats are down, and sniping at each other. That's the way it goes when parties lose. What's interesting is the mood this week among Republicans on the ground. It's not triumphal. They all seem to have in the back of their minds a question: Is this election the beginning of the big turnaround? Is this when the GOP comes to the fore as its best self and soberly, shrewdly pursues policies that will help dig our country out of the mess? Or will...