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  • Mark Halperin: "Dirty Little Secret" That Kasich Is "Media's Favorite Candidate," Like McCain Was

    08/16/2015 5:43:39 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 32 replies
    Real Clear Poltics ^ | August 16,2015
    MARK HALPERIN: The establishment wing of the party is going to have to settle on one or two people by March 1st. And I think today, if you look at, again, the four people the establishment talk about, leave Governor Christie aside, Kasich, Bush, Walker, Rubio. JOHN DICKERSON, FACE THE NATION: How -- HALPERIN: Even Trump hasn't gone after him yet. NOONAN: True. True. JAMELLE BOUIE: -- I think there's a sweet spot for Republican presidential candidates and it's basically, I want to cut your taxes, I don't want to stick it to anyone. And I think Kasich hits that...
  • What Voters See In Donald Trump

    07/31/2015 11:57:36 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 29 replies ^ | 7/3072015 | Peggy Noonan
    I had a conversation this week with a longtime acquaintance who supports Donald Trump. She’s in her 60s, resides in north Georgia near the Tennessee line, lives on Social Security. She voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and was in fact the first person who alerted me to the breadth of his support. In 2012 she voted Republican, disappointed in Mr. Obama not from the left or the right but the center: He couldn’t make anything work or get anything done. So, why Trump? “The whole country will be in better shape. And ISIS won’t like it that he’s in...
  • Peggy Noonan, Then and Now: Notice her reaction to 2 first-time senators running for President

    03/30/2015 7:52:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/29/2015 | Ed Driscoll
    Past performance is no guarantee of future results: Mr. Cruz knows his reputation as the angry, surly face of the dark side of conservatism. He’s the government-shutdown artist*, the living answer to the question “What if Joe McCarthy went to Harvard Law?” He says it’s a caricature.**He once noted to me in conversation that when people on TV call him angry and snarling, they never show video to illustrate the point. He says there is no angry, snarling video because he isn’t angry and doesn’t snarl. He never throws mud, he says, and won’t. He sees himself as a...
  • Hillary Seems Tired, Not Hungry

    03/14/2015 7:21:03 AM PDT · by yoe · 51 replies
    WSJ ^ | March 13, 2015 | Peggy Noonan
    Maybe we’re not stuck in Scandal Land. For a while I’ve assumed (Hillary Clinton) would run for her party’s nomination and be a formidable candidate in the general election. After Tuesday’s news conference I’m not so sure. [snip] Her claims—she stayed off the State Department email system for “convenience,” she thought “it would be easier to carry just one device,” her server “contains personal communications from my husband and me”—were so transparent, so quickly disprovable. Minutes later journalists were posting earlier statements in which she said she carries two devices, and The Wall Street Journal’s report saying Bill has sent...
  • Sloppy Thinking About ‘Torture’: Why Peggy Noonan's Column is Incoherent

    12/17/2014 5:08:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/16/2014 | Bruce Thornton
    Torture is one of those topics that often overwhelm sober reason with lurid emotion. Even people who usually are clear-eyed and rational sink into sloppy thinking and incoherent argument when it comes to torture. Peggy Noonan’s recent Wall Street Journal column about the Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation techniques illustrates this phenomenon perfectly. Noonan is usually an astute analyst, but her column on the report is riddled with received wisdom and unexamined assumptions. For Noonan, the “important lesson” of the report is not that progressives, as usual, are shameful hypocrites and partisan hacks who will damage their country’s interests...
  • Obama’s not the one who’s lonely, America is

    11/17/2014 10:42:36 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/17/14 | Judi McLeod
    Too bad they romanticize the man with the pen when theirs should be telling it like it is One of the main reasons, if not the main reason why Barack Hussein Obama—after all his anti-American horror drops—is still cruising at 40% in popularity polls among low-information voters is simple: it’s that media mugs continue to drape him in urban myths rather than cobwebs. My media mug definition does not include conservative bloggers and other ‘citizen journalists’, but those ensconced within the hallowed headlines of places like the Wall Street Journal. In other words, within the mainstream media Establishment. In her...
  • He's Got Guts: In praise of Chuck Hagel. (Peggy Noonan finally jumps the shark!)

    01/25/2007 9:14:42 PM PST · by quidnunc · 151 replies · 3,525+ views
    The Wall Street Journal Opinion Journal ^ | January 26, 2007 | Peggy Noonan
    We all complain, and with justice, about the falseness of much that is said in Washington, and the cowardice that leaves a great deal unsaid. But I found myself impressed and grateful for the words of Chuck Hagel, the Republican senator from Nebraska, in a meeting of the Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday. Because his message was not one Republicans or Democrats would find congenial, it may be accidentally dropped down the memory hole, so I'll quote at some length. The committee was nearing a vote on what was, essentially, an announcement of no confidence in the administration's leadership in...
  • Scarborough Accuses Panetta of 'Lack of Character' For Criticizing Obama

    10/10/2014 4:38:11 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 34 replies
    Remember when dissent was patriotic? When people like Hillary Clinton screeched that "we have a right to disagree with any administration?" Forget about it. That's so, like, 2003. You know, when George W. Bush was President. Things are different today. Now, criticizing a sitting president is wrong. Very wrong. Just ask Joe Scarborough, who on today's Morning Joe accused Leon Panetta of a "lack of character" for criticizing President Obama in his book and public appearances. View the video here.
  • Mrs. Clinton’s New Memoir

    05/02/2014 4:13:46 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 13 replies
    Wall street Journal ^ | 5/1/2014 | Peggy Noonan
    Yesterday on a panel on “Face the Nation,” we briefly discussed Hillary Clinton’s forthcoming memoir of her four years as secretary of state. It is called “Hard Choices”—they appear to be running low at the book-title store—and will be published June 10. The announcement of the title alone made news, which is a measure of how much interest the book, good or bad, will engender. Books are good and it’s good to write them; the always more or less beleaguered publishing industry needs bestsellers, and Mrs. Clinton has provided them, most spectacularly with her previous memoir, “Living History,” in 2003....
  • NOONAN: A CATASTROPHE LIKE NO OTHER (WH spin shows a calculated Obama)

    04/04/2014 4:46:46 AM PDT · by Liz · 40 replies
    SNIP-- Support it or not, you cannot look at ObamaCare and call it anything but a huge, historic mess....utterly unique in the annals of American lawmaking and govt administration.....then-Democratic speaker Pelosi blithely, mindlessly said---but in a way forthcomingly—that we have to pass it to find out what's in it. .... an historic admission that she was fighting hard for something she herself didn't understand, but she had every confidence regulators and bureaucratic interpreters would tell her in time what she'd done. ....for the next three years Democrats would carry on like blithering idiots making believe they'd read the bill and...
  • Noonan: Mr. Putin's Revealing Speech

    03/27/2014 7:54:59 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 61 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/27/2014 | Peggy Noonan
    One of the strategically interesting things about Vladimir Putin is that he has been careful not to set himself against religious belief but attempted to align himself with it. He has taken domestic actions that he believes reflect the assumptions of religious conservatives. He has positioned himself so that he can make a claim on a part of the Russian soul, as they used to say, that his forbears could not: He is not anti-God, he is pro-God, pro the old church of the older, great Russia. ... At the top, religious references. Crimea is "where Prince Vladimir was baptized....
  • Noonan: The Sleepiness of a Hollow Legend (Pres. Sham-Wow SOU speech)

    01/25/2014 6:56:59 PM PST · by dynachrome · 38 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1-24-14 | Peggy Noonan
    Because when I imagine Barack Obama's State of the Union, I see a handsome, dignified man standing at the podium and behind him Joe Biden, sleeping. And next to him John Boehner, snoring. And arrayed before the president the members, napping. No one's really listening to the president now. He has been for five years a nonstop windup talk machine. Most of it has been facile, bland, the same rounded words and rounded sentiments, the same soft accusations and excuses. I see him enjoying the sound of his voice as the network newsman leans forward eagerly, intently, nodding at the...
  • Obama’s Catastrophic Victory.

    11/05/2013 6:31:25 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 44 replies
    WSJ ^ | 5 Nov 2013 | Peggy Noonan
    So the program debuts and it’s a resounding, famous, fantastical flop. The first weeks of the news coverage are about how the websites don’t work, can you believe we paid for this, do you believe they had more than three years and produced this public joke of a program, this embarrassment? But now it’s much more serious. No one’s thinking about the websites. They wish you were thinking about the websites! I bet America hopes the websites never work so they never have to enroll. They said if you liked your insurance you could keep your insurance—but that’s not true....
  • Peggy Noonan on ABC: Tea Party Aims to ‘Topple’ GOP, Not Take it Over

    11/03/2013 8:58:51 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 71 replies ^ | November 03, 2013 | Evan McMurry
    On Sunday’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan argued that the tea party was a new fixture in American politics, a movement that doesn’t want to usurp a major political party but eliminate it. The comment came during a discussion of electoral forces going into the 2014 midterms, with former Bush consultant Matthew Dowd arguing that demographics were shifting in the Democratic Party’s favor. “Candidates matter,” ABC News’ Jonathan Karl responded. “They’ve nominated far-right candidates.” “Lesson for the tea party?” Stephanopoulos asked. “A lot of people may be cruisin’ for a brusin’,” Noonan replied. “Big...
  • A Small President on the World Stage.(The World Laments Obama Unfit Even As Ruler of Lilliput)

    09/28/2013 3:50:26 AM PDT · by lbryce · 51 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 26, 2013 | Peggy Noonan
    The world misses the old America, the one before the crash—the crashes—of the past dozen years. That is the takeaway from conversations the past week in New York, where world leaders gathered for the annual U.N. General Assembly session. Our friends, and we have many, speak almost poignantly of the dynamism, excellence, exuberance and leadership of the nation they had, for so many years, judged themselves against, been inspired by, attempted to emulate, resented.
  • 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...
  • 'A Nation of Sullen Paranoids'

    08/25/2013 9:43:37 AM PDT · by Skepolitic · 38 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/23/2013 | Peggy Noonan
    Three items on the continuing National Security Agency controversy: the information that came out this week, a prescient warning from a veteran British intelligence hand, and a prophecy from an interesting source. ... "A nation of sullen paranoids." Boy, is that it. This picks up on a point a friend, a veteran of Republican White Houses, said near the time the controversies were beginning. He told me of a sophisticated person he knew, experienced in journalism and the ways of government, who thought the U.S. government might have had the reporter Michael Hastings killed. He said, musingly, "The future is...
  • 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....
  • Iraq A Convenient Scapegoat

    03/28/2013 5:03:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | March 28, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Bring up Iraq -- and expect to end up in an argument. Conservatives are no different from liberals in rehashing the unpopular war, which has become a sort of whipping boy for all our subsequent problems. The Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan recently enumerated countless pathologies that followed Iraq. Yet to examine her list is to learn just how misinformed we have become in our anguish over the intervention. Noonan writes of Republicans: "It [Iraq] ruined the party's hard-earned reputation for foreign-affairs probity. They started a war and didn't win it." We can argue over whether the result...
  • The Romney Campaign Needs a New CEO

    09/22/2012 1:18:01 PM PDT · by lbryce · 39 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 21, 2012 | Peggy Noonan
    <p>"Nothing is written." That was T.E. Lawrence to the Arab tribesmen in Robert Bolt's screenplay, a masterpiece, of "Lawrence of Arabia." You write no one off. Nothing is inevitable. Life is news—"What happened today?" And news is surprise—"You're kidding!"</p> <p>But you have to look at the landscape and see the shape of the land. You have to see it clearly to move on it well.</p>
  • Mitt Romney's stump speech just warned America not become like CALIFORNIA!!

    08/12/2012 11:23:33 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 40 replies
    Fox News Channel ^ | 8/12/12 | Mitt Romney
    Fox just ran a live event of Romney/Ryan at a High Point, North Carolina furniture factory... Twice in his speech, Romney warned that the nation cannot become like CALIFORNIA. Wasn't it Peggy Noonan who just recently wrote a column urging Romney to make that comparison, because most American voters certainly know what THAT means---as opposed to the allure of Europe?
  • An Infinite Deal of Nothing: How Not to Write a Political Speech

    07/11/2012 8:15:09 AM PDT · by Jeanette Pryor · 3 replies
    Jeanette Pryor ^ | July 11, 2012 | Jeanette Pryor
    “I don’t believe my speeches took me as far as they did merely because of my rhetoric or delivery, but because there were certain basic truths in them that the average American citizen recognized. When I first began speaking of political things, I could feel that people were as frustrated about the government as I was. What I said simply made sense to the guy on the the street and it’s the guy on the street who elects presidents of the United States. And that’s exactly what happened to me.” Ronald Reagan The staring contest with the stump speech I...
  • 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: A Bush League President

    04/27/2012 1:58:46 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 18 replies
    wsjonline ^ | 4/26/2012 | Peggy Noonan
    <p>There is every reason to be deeply skeptical of President Obama's prospects in November.</p> <p>Republicans feel an understandable anxiety about Mr. Obama's coming campaign: It will be all slice and dice, divide and conquer, break the country into little pieces and pick up as many as you can...</p>
  • Noonan, Krauthammer to GOP: You're losing this thing

    01/20/2012 9:47:07 AM PST · by Qbert · 64 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/20/12 | ALEXANDER BURNS
    Two prominent conservative columnists, Charles Krauthammer and Peggy Noonan, warn this morning that Republican infighting may do the party grievous damage for the 2012 election, with Krauthammer declaring that President Obama "could not have chosen more self-destructive adversaries." Here's Krauthammer on GOP candidates playing into Obama's message reboot: For the first few weeks, the class-envy gambit had some effect, bumping ObamaÂ’s numbers slightly. But the story was still lagging, suffering in part from its association with an Occupy rabble that had widely worn out its welcome. Then came the twist. Then came the most remarkable political surprise since the 2010...
  • Newt Versus the Ruling Class

    12/14/2011 5:05:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 86 replies ^ | December 14, 2011 | Brent Bozell
    The media elite and the Republican ruling class are remarkably similar in their political projection for the coming year. Journalists spent the entire year savaging every fast-rising challenger to Mitt Romney. The GOPs power pundits became equally agitated at the sniff of a conservative anywhere near the top of the GOP pack. It's the odor of extremism that both the elites in the media and the GOP have detested -- always. So here we are, on the cusp of the election year, and both these groups have one primary target: Newt Gingrich. Both are using the same ammo: Newt is...
  • Conservative Pundit Sniffs Play Pile-on-Newt

    12/13/2011 7:22:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 1+ views ^ | Decemberv 13, 2011 | Don Feder
    H.L. Mencken called his colleagues of the fourth estate “a gang of peck sniffs.” Some conservative commentators have become pundit sniffs, turning up their elitist noses at whoever the frontrunner for the Republican nomination happens to be. You’d think we didn’t have other pressing business – like saving the Republic from the mega-Marxist in the White House. Now, it’s former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s turn for an colonoscopy. Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan, a CINO (conservative in name only), frets that Gingrich is “a trouble magnet, a starter of fights that need not be fought.” (It’s called...
  • Noonan: The Newt thing (In these crazy times, anything is possible)

    12/04/2011 5:57:28 PM PST · by presidio9 · 6 replies
    The New York Post ^ | December 4, 2011 | Peggy Noonan
    This is the week it became clear that nobody knows anything. Pretty much all the conventional wisdom about the 2012 presidential race has turned out to be wrong. Newt rules, Cain’s over, Romney’s rocked. Nobody knows what’s going to happen. We’ll start with the president: Gallup. Obama down. Forty-three percent approval. Lower than Jimmy Carter at this point. The Democratic spin: This is good, with the economy so bad, you’d think his numbers would be lower! Actually you’d think an incumbent nobody likes would be exactly where Jimmy Carter was before he lost in a landslide. More to the point,...
  • Peggy Noonan: The GOP Wins by Bruising: The debates have been an unexpected success.

    10/21/2011 11:59:44 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 28 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | October 21, 2011 | Peggy Noonan
    The candidates were not-so-subtly pitted against one another, and the Vegas staging—the lights, the applause, the set—was like a 1970s game show. And now here's your host, Mi-i-i-it Romney! I wondered if this was CNN's sly spoof of the Republican Party, or just someone's idea of good TV in the age of "Dancing With the Stars." The candidates' arguments, which occasionally descended into bickering, yielded a soundbite festival for future Democratic ads: "You hired illegals in your home!" But in the end, Tuesday night's debate was a real plus for the GOP. All the Republican debates have been, because they've...
  • Peggy Noonan and whether Obama should run for a second term

    08/20/2011 10:50:58 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 62 replies · 1+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | August 20, 2011 | Corky Boyd
    In Friday’s Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan takes a look at President Obama’s Martha's Vineyard vacation and speculates on his thoughts in view of declining poll numbers, and disillusionment among his supporters. "How could he not be depressed? He has made big mistakes since the beginning of his presidency and has been pounded since the beginning of his presidency. He's got to be full of doubts at this point about what to do. His baseline political assumptions have proved incorrect, his calculations have turned out to be erroneous, his big decisions have turned to dust...." "Nothing worked! And nothing's going...
  • Breitbart drops the hammer, calls out Jeffrey Toobin on ‘Weinergate’

    05/31/2011 9:36:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5/31/11 | Jeff Poor
    If a conservative politician does something or is alleged to have done something ill-advised of the sexual nature, chances are it will be on the radar of the mainstream media. But what about liberals – like New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner? According Andrew Breitbart, there’s a double standard not only in the mainstream media, but among members of Congress as well. On Tuesday’s “Follow the Money” on the Fox Business Network, Breitbart went right after those politicians. However, he also had a few words for CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, who attacked Breitbart earlier in the day. “Look, there’s...
  • Obama's re-election prospects

    04/16/2011 1:36:00 PM PDT · by Scanian · 12 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | April 15, 2011 | Steven Hayward
    Peggy Noonan's weekend Wall Street Journal column (which is always posted online on Friday for some reason, though it appears in print on Saturday) makes the case that "Obama Is Likely to Lose" unless Republicans nominate someone truly strange or unappealing to independents. Peggy doesn't say so, but surely she has in mind Trump, Huckabee, and Palin with this remark. And John has previously discussed this same subject here on Power Line. Here's how Peggy's case goes: "You know the conventional wisdom. It is that unemployment ticking down, plus the economy inching back, plus the power of the presidency to...
  • What's wrong with Peggy Noonan? (The former Reagan speech writer's 'Obama naivete' is unbelievable!)

    01/30/2011 8:37:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/30/2011 | Keith Riler
    Peggy Noonan's latest article, entitled An Unserious Speech Misses the Mark , expressed disappointment in President Obama's recent State of the Union address.  Noonan is surprised and unhappy that Barack Obama is not focused on spending cuts, appears timid, is off-point by prioritizing electric cars and internet access, and is generally not credible. Whether naiveté or denial, Noonan's refusal to recognize Barack Obama's ideological intransigence is unbelievable.  By all means, hope is a virtue, but it must be tempered with wisdom.  Noonan is unwise and begging to be lied to, as long as those lies are less obvious and...
  • PEGGY NOONAN: Why Obama's State of the Union Speech Will Be Unusually Good (Barf Alert!!!)

    01/22/2011 3:38:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 130 replies · 1+ views
    FOX ^ | January 22, 2011 | Peggy Noonan
    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 in." But most State of the Unions don't measure up. They...
  • 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...
  • Peggy Noonan: Obama Rises to the Challenge - He sounded like the president (Slobber warning)

    01/15/2011 11:26:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 15, 2011 | Peggy Noonan
    The beginning of the president's speech wasn't good, and was marked by the sonorous banalities on which White House staffs in times of crisis always insist. "We join you in your grief," "We mourn with you for the fallen," "a quintessentially American scene . . . shattered by a gunman's bullets." Modern presidents sometimes speak as if their words were crafted by producers for a TV newsmagazine like "Dateline." This is bad because television producers tend to think their audience is composed of people who require the plonkingly obvious to be repeatedly stated in the purplest prose. The trend should...
  • From Audacity to Animosity

    12/10/2010 4:58:40 AM PST · by Tom D. · 29 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 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...
  • Why Does the Media Love to Pick On Palin?

    11/30/2010 3:22:43 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 30, 2010 | John R. Lott Jr.
    The media just loves to hate Sarah Palin. And, if polls are to be believed, the constant media bombardment has hurt her standing among many independents. Unfortunately, over the last couple of weeks, even conservative media pundits such as Mona Charen, Peggy Noonan, George Will, Joe Scarborough and Matt Labash see these attacks and warn that she can’t win the presidency. They even buy into the attacks on her judgment, intelligence, and competence. But what these conservatives don’t appreciate is that Palin is being attacked because she is smart and effective, not because she is dumb. For just how far...
  • Peggy Noonan Celebrates GOP Victory by Calling Sarah Palin an Ignorant Nincompoop

    11/06/2010 8:30:26 PM PDT · by WebFocus · 95 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/06/2010 | Peter Wilson
    Peggy Noonan's weekend column, Americans Vote for Maturity, is generally supportive of the Tea Parties, but she can't resist joining the chorus of ruling class Republicans grousing about "unqualified" candidates. She concludes: Americans don't want, as their representatives, people who seem empty or crazy. They'll vote no on that. It's not just the message, it's the messenger. Without specifics, this is a fair enough point.  But who decides that a candidate is "empty or crazy"?  Do we take the word of the mainstream media and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee that Rand Paul, Sharron Angle and Christine O'Donnell are...
  • Peggy Noonan: Sarah Palin Is a 'Nincompoop' (Didn't she back BHO in 2008?)

    11/05/2010 1:11:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 5, 2010 | Ray Gustini
    Peggy Noonan has never much cared for Sarah Palin. In 2008, she deemed Palin's presence on the Republican ticket "political bullsh*t," and later noted the former Alaska governor seemed "out of her depth in a shallow pool" during the campaign. Now Palin has riled her again, with her observation on Fox News that Ronald Reagan was "an actor" before becoming president. Needless to say, this isn't sitting well with Noonan, who so eloquently praised Reagan's feet in What I Saw At The Revolution ("It was a beautiful foot, sleek. Such casual elegance and clean lines. But not a big foot,...
  • Peggy Noonan: Why so many of us resent the 'elites'

    10/11/2010 8:00:56 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 62 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | Updated: Oct. 9, 2010 9:50 p.m. | Peggy Noonan
    If you write a column, you get a lot of e-mail. Sometimes, especially in a political season, it's possible to discern from it certain emerging themes – the comeback of old convictions, for instance, or the rise of new concerns. Let me tell you something I'm hearing, in different ways and different words. The coming rebellion in the voting booth is not only about the economic impact of spending, debt and deficits on America's future. It's also to some degree about the feared impact of all those things on the character of the American people. There is a real fear...
  • Why It's Time for the Tea Party

    09/17/2010 5:34:10 AM PDT · by q_an_a · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 9.17.2010 | Peggy Noonan
    For conservatives on the ground, it has often felt as if Democrats (and moderate Republicans) were always saying, "We should spend a trillion dollars," and the Republican Party would respond, "No, too costly. How about $700 billion?" Conservatives on the ground are thinking, "How about nothing? How about we don't spend more money but finally start cutting."
  • How Do You Stop an Elephant Charging? [Advice for the GOP]

    09/03/2010 2:56:28 AM PDT · by The Raven · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | sept 3, 2010 | PEGGY NOONAN
    [snip] ... But there are differences between 1994 and 2010. For one, this time around "the Democrats can see what's coming." They didn't see the Republican wave rising in 1994 until it was too late. "When you see something coming a mile away, you can build a ditch to keep it away." Democrats, he says, have put aside a lot of money for negative ads in the last days of the campaign. "For a year, Democratic strategists said 'We'll pass health care, they'll love us.' 'Recovery summer, they'll love us.' 'We'll run against Wall Street, they'll love us.'" These "narratives"...
  • Peggy Noonan's urgent agenda item

    07/26/2010 8:43:07 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 27 replies · 4+ views ^ | July 26, 2010 |
    Even those of us who warned against the "canonization" of Shirley Sherrod didn't expect that right-of-center commentators would propose that her radical manifesto become part of the canon. Yet that's what Peggy Noonan is calling for: " This September, when school begins, we should make [Sherrod's] speech required viewing in the nation's high schools." Gee, can't this wait until February, when Black History Month rolls around? JOHN suggests: Or May Day perhaps, when socialist views are traditionally celebrated?
  • The Power of Redemption (Peggy Noonan goes bonkers over "Shakedown" Shirley Sherrod)

    07/23/2010 8:38:47 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 55 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/23/10 | Peggy Noonan
    She was smeared by right-wing media, condemned by the NAACP, and canned by the Obama administration. It wasn't pretty, what was done this week to Shirley Sherrod. And maybe something good can come of it. The thought occurred to me after reading her now-famous speech, which is about the power of grace and the possibility of redemption. Here's a way to get some good. This September, when school begins, we should make the speech required viewing in the nation's high schools.
  • 'We Are Totally Unprepared' [PEGGY NOONAN.......]

    06/10/2010 5:16:33 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 51 replies · 1,791+ views
    We Are Totally Unprepared' Nine years after 9/11, a chilling complacency about WMD attacks. By PEGGY NOONAN The most important overlooked story of the past few weeks was overlooked because it was not surprising. Also because no one really wants to notice it. The weight of 9/11 and all its implications is so much on our minds that it's never on our mind. I speak of the report from the Inspector General of the Justice Department, issued in late May, saying the department is not prepared to ensure public safety in the days or weeks after a terrorist attack in...
  • Peggy Noonan: Where is the competence? (She's lost her former admiration for Obama)

    05/29/2010 9:04:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies · 1,627+ views
    Hotair ^ | 05/29/2010 | Peggy Noonan
    In our earlier thread on Chris Matthews, one commenter asked why we consider the MS-NBC host a barometer of conservative opinion, considering Matthews’ deeply liberal worldview. It matters because the disillusion of people like Matthews, who sold their audiences on the near-perfection of Barack Obama, are instructive moments to see just how far Obama has fallen in public reputation. After all, conservatives didn’t fawn over a man who had no executive experience and spent most of his legislative career voting “present” rather than showing any leadership.Well, most conservatives didn’t, anyway. At least one who succumbed to Obama’s glamour wonders what...
  • He Was Supposed to Be Competent [spill is a disaster for the president and his political philosophy]

    05/27/2010 5:28:49 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 93 replies · 1,914+ views
    He Was Supposed to Be Competent The spill is a disaster for the president and his political philosophy. By PEGGY NOONAN I don't see how the president's position and popularity can survive the oil spill. This is his third political disaster in his first 18 months in office. And they were all, as they say, unforced errors, meaning they were shaped by the president's political judgment and instincts. There was the tearing and unnecessary war over his health-care proposal and its cost. There was his day-to-day indifference to the views and hopes of the majority of voters regarding illegal immigration....
  • Peggy Noonan on ABC This Week: "Conservatism Has Within It The Spirit of a Rebellion" (Video)

    03/28/2010 1:24:49 PM PDT · by Talkradio03 · 50 replies · 1,214+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 3/29/10 | HAP
    And she says: "That's not a good thing"....Kinda sounds like David Frum, Colin Powell and David Brooks....Wizard of smart Peggy Noonan on ABC This Week is asked if Sarah Palin is doing any good for McCain out there...(Video)
  • Peggy Noonan on Obama: The "Product You are Trying to Sell is Faulty" - Video 1/24/10

    01/24/2010 12:45:11 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 18 replies · 1,062+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 24, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of Peggy Noonan on Meet the Press where she brilliantly summed up the fact that the reason voters are rejecting Obama's Agenda is not that he has not communicated it effectively enough, it is that "the product you are trying to sell is faulty." She was responding to suggestions that if Obama just more effectively communicated his message, voters will feel differently. Noonan pointed out that Obama and his administration are out there constantly "communicating" their message ad nauseum - in fact she described their ubiquitous presence on cable networks pushing their message as "the wallpaper of...