November 26, 2010

Peggy Noonan - Obama Needs a Reality Assistant, But It's Not His Fault [Journolist]
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While you ate turkey yesterday, America’s retired speechwriter tidied up her jottings and submitted them to the Wall Street Journal in fulfillment of her contract. And now Peggy Noonan can sit back and see how the commoners react to her continued irrelevance and sappy handed scrawl.

Peggy Noonan worked in the crucible at 1600 Penn in the Reagan administration and sat in the round where many other young, intelligent and overly eager speechwriters have sat - in a set of offices where the clock’s always the enemy and the coffee’s served in perpetuity. A place where you better be on your game and know how to jump, and not be adverse to hoops, because the White House’s operational structure is rife with jump callers and hoops.

While Noonan wrote good presidential script leveled in strong words, empathy and good ole Reagan charm, she was remunerated in kind for talking the talk and writing it down. In the years to follow though, Noonan has been a sort of preachy schoolmarm of bilateral politics; all over the board politically and yet static in her schoolmarm role.

While I’m writing this, I’m listening to Vivaldi’s Gloria from the motion picture sound track Shine, I only listen to this when I am in a good mood. Yet, some things need to be said despite being in a good mood and despite Vivaldi’s musical transcendence.

In her latest WSJ column titled, ‘The Special Assistant for Reality’ Noonan immediately begins to make excuses for President Obama.

This is accomplished by detailing how the modern day American President resides in a bubble of security and advisors which places the poor old American President in the most untenable of positions, not being able to understand what is really going on outside of the white house.

In the present day of 24 hour news cycles, new media and instant polls, the president unable to determine what’s going on outside of the white house is a tough pill to swallow indeed.

Despite the communication efficiencies of the present age, Noonan writes in terms of the occupant of the oval office as a victim unable, for some unknown reason, to exercise sound judgment.

Per Noonan: Presidents always get to the point where they want to escape Washington, and their lives, and their jobs. But they never can. Because when you're president and you go to Indiana, you take the bubble with you. Your bubble meets Indiana; your bubble witnesses Indianans. But you don't get out of the bubble in Indiana. Once you're in the bubble—once you're in the midst of a huge apparatus, once you have the cars and the aides and the security and the staffers—there is no getting out of it.

You cannot shake the bubble. Wherever you go, there it is. And the worst part is that the army of staff, security and aides that exists to be a barrier between a president and danger, or a president and inconvenience, winds up being a barrier between a president and reality. You lose touch with America and Americans in the bubble, no matter who you are, or what party. This accounts for some of the spectacular blunders presidents make.

Noonan of course needs the above preamble before segueing into just how out of touch she now sees President Obama in terms of the country’s outrage over the TSA imbroglio. Writing in generalities before launching into the clear deficiencies of Mr. Obama, has become a staple of those in the mainstream media, especially for those feigned conservatives who promoted Obama like Noonan. I suspect they view this as a veneer of cover so as to not upset the mainstream gentry.

For after all, every good fourth estate mainstreamer knows they can’t cut to the chase when speaking ill of Obama. Such would be um, what is the word I’m looking for? Got it! Such would be heresy. And every mainstreamer knows, mainstreamer heresy isn’t a temporal type of sin for it could be mortal to one’s career.

So here we are a day after thanksgiving with a president whose popularity is at 39 percent, a country slammed with regulations, pending taxes, trillion dollar fiscal deficits and a vitriolic president who Noonan suggests needs a sort of reality informant; one to preside between Obama the ruler and we the ruled.

In 1996, Robert Bork wrote a book titled, ‘Slouching Toward Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline.’

In 2010 Peggy Noonan writes of a liberal President who needs to be told the ills of a government that molests airline passengers.

I’m going to be turning up Vivaldi real loud now and try not to think for a while.

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1 My Gosh, Peggy, just blow the guy and have done with it. Jeez. Zombies want brains less than you want Obama's jock.

Posted by: sifty at November 26, 2010 11:32 AM (qA/qo)

2 Vivaldi can kiss my harpsichord.

Posted by: Zombie J.S. Bach at November 26, 2010 11:37 AM (5iNtI)

3 So, the guy the Left and others said was ready on day one is the guy who has no situational awareness? Peggy, please do the one thing that Obama can do to help the USA: STFU and move to Mars.

Posted by: eman at November 26, 2010 11:37 AM (tz/Za)

4 She's behind the curve anyway. Even at Kos they've been calling for a popping of his bubble.

Posted by: arhooley, conflicted Californian at November 26, 2010 11:37 AM (o0Ywo)

5 a vitriolic president who Noonan suggests needs a sort of reality informant; one to preside between Obama the ruler and we the ruled

Uh, Peggy dear, if the leader of the free world needs reality interpreted to him, you and all the rest of us are royally fucked.

Posted by: Soap MacTavish at November 26, 2010 11:38 AM (vbh31)

6 Kneepads help.

Posted by: Monica Lewinsky at November 26, 2010 11:38 AM (WtEXt)

7 You know she use to be pretty hot for an ole ginger, and I'd still do her, but she is losing her fucking mind.

Everyday it turns more and more to fucking mush.  It is sad to watch.

Posted by: Kemp at November 26, 2010 11:39 AM (JpFM9)

8 Yeah, he talked to us after that white guy busted his lip.

Oh, wait that wasn't Obama?  He said he was?

Damn, next thing you know we'll have Taliban in here axing for money.


Posted by: Dumb ass DC emergency room Nurse at November 26, 2010 11:42 AM (JpFM9)

9 When you were "all in" as a elitist pundit and are made to look the fool, there has to be a reason other than the fact , that you are indeed, a fool. The old trick of "More in sorrow than anger" keeps those cocktail invites coming for these clowns.

Posted by: jjshaka at November 26, 2010 11:43 AM (1daoo)

10 Not sure I see that the column is that offensive. She's making observations about the nature of the office. I carry no water for the president, but I'm not sure that every observation made about him (or, more accurately in this case, the presidency itself) need be made a point for contention; there's plenty to beef about without stooping to conquer. Having said that, leftover Thanksgiving ham rules.

Posted by: railwriter at November 26, 2010 11:43 AM (BsK3p)

11

Halftime is over.  Do we stay here or go back to the game thread?

Posted by: Soona at November 26, 2010 11:44 AM (R2cad)

12 A reality czar?

Posted by: Some old guy at November 26, 2010 11:44 AM (n0Mqv)

13

Not to threadjack, J, but David F. Nolan* passed away**

* the fact that 97.4% of people will say 'who?!?' demonstrates the uphill battle the LP has always faced

** readers of Reason hardest hit

Posted by: laceyunderalls at November 26, 2010 11:44 AM (LVRx2)

14

The Bubble President?

("Jerry...he's a President... in a bubble!")

Posted by: Jones at November 26, 2010 11:45 AM (b+yWd)

15 What will it take to get Ms. Noonan to pack up her shit and just carry her sorry @ss off someplace remote where we never have to hear from her again?   

Posted by: Theresa D at November 26, 2010 11:48 AM (ZeqEU)

16 huh.  Looks like P. Noonan is in her own bubble, she actually thinks people give a $hit about what she thinks.

Posted by: johnc_recent_EX-dem at November 26, 2010 11:49 AM (ACkhT)

17 So Obama's fuckwittedness is just an inevitable result of being President, Peggy? Okay -- then why didn't all other Presidents have the same problem? GW Bush and Clinton never did. GHW Bush arguably did. Reagan didn't. Carter was fucking born that way.

Quite simply, if you're dumb enough to let the "bubble" keep you away from reality, maybe you shouldn't be President.

Posted by: Trimegistus at November 26, 2010 11:50 AM (vbWof)

18 If this doesn't make you think that they see Obama as an affirmative action choice, nothing does.

He is the boy-king, fabled in story and song, he is the good-hearted young man who was thrust into leadership who is surrounded by incompetent or corrupt or evil advisers.  He would do the right thing if only he didn't have such fools around him.

His rule is symbolic and well it should be, if he were a child-monarch.  Unfortunately, this is a full-grown man who should have been vetted by his party and then by the media.  Instead, they treat him as if he were a toddler, as if he were symbolic.

It's sad in that the view we have of the parties has solidified.  That is, Republicans are adults, are expected to be adults and are responsible for their own actions.  Democrats are children, they are expected to be irresponsible and to have starry-eyed ideas that make no sense.

Posted by: AmishDude at November 26, 2010 11:52 AM (BvBKY)

19 Sweet Tapdancing Jeebus, this woman is fucking irredeemably stupid.

Posted by: ol_dirty_/b/tard at November 26, 2010 11:52 AM (tp/tn)

20 7 You know she use to be pretty hot for an ole ginger, and I'd still do her, but she is losing her fucking mind.

Everyday it turns more and more to fucking mush.  It is sad to watch.

Posted by: Kemp at November 26, 2010 04:39 PM (JpFM9)

So what you're saying is she needs someone to fuck her brains in.

Posted by: buzzion at November 26, 2010 11:52 AM (oVQFe)

21 Well, y'know, it's a tough job, maybe too big for one man.  Sure he is a genius and nuanced with a fine education and all but everyone could use a little help.  Besides, he is President of all the people.


George Bush? Scumbag. Fuck him.



Posted by: SurferDoc at November 26, 2010 11:53 AM (o3bYL)

22 For after all, every good fourth estate mainstreamer knows they can’t cut to the chase when speaking ill of Obama. Such would be um, what is the word I’m looking for? Got it! Such would be heresy.

And here I was thinking the word was going to be "racism."  I guess, though, that that word is the one used to keep heresy at bay.

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at November 26, 2010 11:53 AM (bvfVF)

23 What would happen if Biden and Noonan wrote something together? Would we be talking a matter/anti-matter level release of stupid?

Posted by: eman at November 26, 2010 11:58 AM (tz/Za)

24 This is accomplished by detailing how the modern day American President resides in a bubble of security and advisors which places the poor old American President in the most untenable of positions, not being able to understand what is really going on outside of the white house.


--Maybe, uh, I don;t know, maybe if, y'know Sir Golfsalot had --um, what's the phrase?-- oh, held a real job before running for President and hadn't had every radical leftard holding his hand through every major rite of passage and into every plum university or cush gig, he would have the tiniest understanding of what normal people are like.

Posted by: logprof at November 26, 2010 11:58 AM (BP6Z1)

25 15

Not to threadjack, J, but David F. Nolan* passed away**

* the fact that 97.4% of people will say 'who?!?' demonstrates the uphill battle the LP has always faced

** readers of Reason hardest hit

Posted by: laceyunderalls at November 26, 2010 04:44 PM (LVRx2)

2 days before his birthday too.  I had a Philosophy class in college that used a book that had the writings of the Libertarian Party Founder as part of it.  I just can't remember if it was Nolan.

Posted by: buzzion at November 26, 2010 11:59 AM (oVQFe)

26 Peggy who?

The sooner Republicans/conservatives get that response down, the better off the party and movement will be.

"She is dead to me" also works well in this situation.

Posted by: davidingeorgia at November 26, 2010 12:00 PM (73eqs)

27

Hey, I just realized that if you switch from Vivaldi to the The Who's Eminence Front, it all makes sense.

Just sayin.

Posted by: Journolist at November 26, 2010 12:00 PM (LwLqV)

28 By the way Peggy, you could have used some editing in your column.  We're not called Indianians.  We're called Hoosiers.  Get your act together!

Posted by: CMouse at November 26, 2010 12:06 PM (zPnpu)

29 From what I have seen in the past few years and reading columns by these supposed "conservative" speech writers I have come to the conclusion that that they, as a general rule, are all liberal skanks regardless of the administration the wrote for.

Their job when they are writing for a President is to write prose that is relevant to that president. Something that would sound like it comes from that person naturally. So Noonan would have been tasked with writing 'Reagan" not "Noonan". I suspect that Reagan himself gave her a LOT of coaching in her initial writing. I suspect the "blue pen" was quite heavy initially.

And what Noonan is missing with her explanation of Obama is that he can not have any touch with American people's reality because he has NEVER been in touch with the average American and he has never had a real job.

It is quite possible that the reason Pukey Peggy can't relate to that is because she is in the same condition.

Posted by: Vic at November 26, 2010 12:08 PM (e4sSD)

30 Here's some unsolicited advice to our next president . It'd be wasted on the current occupant .
Stay the fuck out of the "bubble".
It ain't that hard . I'll give you one example .
In the U.S. and other militaries that follow the western way of war it's common for high ranking officers to share the same food and dangers as the lowest enlisted man . If men like Petreaus and Odierno can go on patrols and stand in the back of the chow line and wait to be served while listening to the GI's gripe then so can the president .
I'm sure it would be easy to find a civilian equivalent to the chow line example .The experience would serve them well .

Posted by: awkward davies at November 26, 2010 12:08 PM (YCW1b)

31 Obama needs a court jester to make fun of his dumb ass.

Posted by: Darth Rove at November 26, 2010 12:10 PM (GfYt/)

32 Not to hijack but I don't see a President Sarahcuda getting locked away in The Bubble.

Posted by: SurferDoc at November 26, 2010 12:13 PM (o3bYL)

33 Stay the fuck out of the "bubble".

It helps if your whole life wasn't in the bubble.  It helps to have had a real life and been criticized and told you are wrong once in a while.

Posted by: AmishDude at November 26, 2010 12:14 PM (BvBKY)

34 The Repub Party needs to be big-tent and all if we're going to win back the presidency in 2012, and we need blowhards like Noonan inside the tent. That said, we don't have to like her. I suggest we reserve a corner of the tent for Peggy and company: Karl Rove, Barbara Bush, all the damn Bushes, David Frum, all the damn Frums (are there others? Hell if I know), Lindsay Graham, Orrin Hatch, Dick Lugar, etc. We'll call it the E.R. (Establishment Republicans). We'll hire local homeless to pose as tea partiers to serve them wine and arigula (I still don't know what the hell arugula is) who they can abuse. We need them in the tent, but we don't have to like them.

Posted by: MaxMBJ at November 26, 2010 12:18 PM (90bLF)

35

Even in Failurre Obama doesn't ...

The most common toast at beltway dinner parties.

Posted by: journolist at November 26, 2010 12:18 PM (LwLqV)

36

Jeezus. It is incredible to me that AOSHQ can display such a wooden ear when it comes to such lovely snark.

President: Won’t they think I’m weak?

SAR: No. They’ll think you returned to Planet Earth. They’ll think ground control broke through to Major Tom. They’ll think you took a step outside the bubble.

This was the oft-funny Peggy of yesteryear.

This was certainly not her giving a BJ to 0. What? - Did you miss the part where she essentially says (which the above is the punch line to), "Fire the bitch!" (i.e., Napolitano)?

Gahh ...

...this was NOT a column where I could keep a straight face. It was classic Noonan from before she became irrelevant.

Better do a re-read, dude. Your knee-jerk diss (which I do understand: she's been a predictable douchebag for so many years now ...but she's been groping her way back the past few months: give the devil her due) was all autonomic reaction. Engage brain before posting.

Posted by: davis,br at November 26, 2010 12:18 PM (IMnJI)

37

Peggy Noonan has spent the past 20+ years trading on the "Reagan speechwriter" on her resume. Now, if you ask the average American, non-political junkie division, to name a Reagan speech, I'm guessing half will go with the "Tear down this wall" speech and the othe half will go with the Challenger speech.

Noonan didn't have anything to do with the Berlin Wall speech. She did write the Challenger speech, but the part everyone remembers, "they have slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God," was of course a quote from a poem, which Noonan, of course, did not write.

Given this, where does she get this reputation as a keen wordsmith? Has anything she ever put down on paper really stuck?

Posted by: Dennis at November 26, 2010 12:18 PM (MmXfl)

38 * the fact that 97.4% of people will say 'who?!?' demonstrates the uphill battle the LP has always faced

And here I was thinking, "Well, compact discs sound better and are more convenient..."
=(

Posted by: BeckoningChasm at November 26, 2010 12:20 PM (bvfVF)

39 ". a barrier between a president and reality. You lose touch with America and Americans in the bubble, no matter who you are, or what party. This accounts for some of the spectacular blunders presidents make." What a CROCK OF CRAP from an old fool that assured us Obama was "serious." Does Peggy believe Reagan was "out of touch?" Yes, there is a "bubble" of sorts. That's why it's important for a President to have an internal compass in sync with the American people. Obama's compass points Radical Left. And Noonan and her ilk were too busy sneering at Palin to notice.

Posted by: CoolCzech at November 26, 2010 12:21 PM (tJjm/)

40 Schoolmarm: "You cannot shake the bubble..."

Pure, unadulterated, horse shit.

Sure, there's a security entourage that's essential, but that's perfunctory and inconsequential to policy and those who get to speak to it. Everything else is a barrier the President imposes. The President can see whatever s/he chooses to see. Period. End of sentence. And Noonan cannot see even that.

What a tiresome political quill she has become. Ignoring her years ago was obviously a wise decision. If only her column was put in a bubble.

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at November 26, 2010 12:22 PM (swuwV)

41

Better do a re-read, dude. Your knee-jerk diss (which I do understand: she's been a predictable douchebag for so many years now ...but she's been groping her way back the past few months: give the devil her due) was all autonomic reaction. Engage brain before posting.

Posted by: davis,br at November 26, 2010 05:18 PM (IMnJI)

<Davis - That's a fair statement but the thing with Noonan is that she continues to make excuses for Obama; that was the gist of my post.  Noonan and her cohorts did absolutely nothing in vetting Obama and turned a blind eye to everything us the common were rousing about.  Why?  Because Noonan operates as an elite and now that the country is at its saturation point, Noonan finds her pen but still makes excuses for Obama.  

 

Posted by: journolist at November 26, 2010 12:23 PM (LwLqV)

42 Given this, where does she get this reputation as a keen wordsmith? Has anything she ever put down on paper really stuck? Well, she DID manage to help Obama get elected. And contributed mightily to the denigration of Sarah Palin.

Posted by: CoolCzech at November 26, 2010 12:25 PM (tJjm/)

43 Amish , you're right , of course .
I should have added a stint as a private soldier, or the officer equivalent second lieutenant, store clerk , construction laborer or burger flipper , oughta' be a requirement for high political office .
Instead we have guys like palin steele or raykon or whatever the hell his handle is ,and his precious private elite education who see themselves as too valuable to do real productive work .
 I'm not talking about the elite morons , of course , as they are quite willing to admit the value of the country class .
Sarah would be immune to the bubble . God love her .

Posted by: awkward davies at November 26, 2010 12:29 PM (YCW1b)

44 I will not be in favor inviting the 2008 Turncoats back into the tent.  They made a choice, let them eat it. 

Posted by: SurferDoc at November 26, 2010 12:31 PM (o3bYL)

45

Let me write my wonderful prose Mr. Obama and provide the country with a clear moral imperative why you should be president and I'll do it using the WSJ platform and go on all the networks to promote same.

In the mean time, I won't address any of the common public's concerns other than to suggest they are extreme.

Then after you get elected, I'll couch your failures inside the "complexities" of the office and speak as if every president has made your mistakes . . . after all, every president of course would do nothing as America is humiliated at its airports.  In fact, I'll write a witty column suggesting that it's not your fault because you are just too busy to worry about 4th amendment rights and the like.

Sincerely,

Peg

Posted by: journolist at November 26, 2010 12:31 PM (LwLqV)

46 D.C. is a cult and Peggy Noonan is its scribe.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at November 26, 2010 12:32 PM (LkJ6P)

47 BTW, this was an excellent essay.

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at November 26, 2010 12:36 PM (LkJ6P)

48 47 I will not be in favor inviting the 2008 Turncoats back into the tent.  They made a choice, let them eat it. 

Posted by: SurferDoc at November 26, 2010 05:31 PM (o3bYL)

Fuck the turncoats.  We gave them their supposed perfect candidate in McCain and they ditched him for the empty suit that could read a teleprompter.  If they want to come back they can but they get no real standing or influence in choosing of who the candidate is.

Posted by: buzzion at November 26, 2010 12:38 PM (oVQFe)

49

Journo - That's a fair statement but the thing with Noonan is that she continues to make excuses for Obama; that was the gist of my post. 

...yea, that's why I said I understood your POV (misdirected though I thought it, in this case), and agreed she's been a douchbag for years.

BUT! (And I've been reading her for years, 'til about 2002/3 when she fell off the boat: even my wifie quit reading her column for goodness sake.)

But! Oh, this whole column was pure snark on so many levels. I LOL'ed the "They’ll think ground control broke through to Major Tom" bit (granted you have to be old enough to know just how funny that is, and why the whole column leads up to that as a punch line).

...which was what made it kind of obvious to a geezer like me.

If Peggy wants to rejoin the parade, especially with stuff like this, I think we might consider, at least, letting her float back in line.

Posted by: davis,br at November 26, 2010 12:39 PM (IMnJI)

50 52: Fine, she can come to dinner.  But she stays at the kids' table.

Posted by: AoSHQ's DarkLord at November 26, 2010 12:42 PM (vkUBG)

51

HAHA. For awhile. Agreed.

Posted by: davis,br at November 26, 2010 12:43 PM (IMnJI)

52

Posted by: davis,br at November 26, 2010 05:39 PM (IMnJI)

Davis, I accept your rational discourse and raise you the following to your at least, letting her float back in line.

Let's let her march behind the horses for a while picking up their stuff, this way she'll learn the parade route and be of utility.

Posted by: journolist at November 26, 2010 12:43 PM (LwLqV)

53 They can stand outside the tent.  Over where I go to piss.

Posted by: SurferDoc at November 26, 2010 12:45 PM (o3bYL)

54

Here: Ground Control to Major Tom (Youtube link), I'll make it easier for some of you younger kids to get how funny this was meant to be.

...the most awful-est, most pretentious PC piece of crap song evah.

...keep in mind, this was a No. 1 on the charts hit tune "way back when".

I am embarrassed for the Boomers who made it so.

...lovely reference though.

Posted by: davis,br at November 26, 2010 12:51 PM (IMnJI)

55 ...and I don't mind her having to follow the Cowboy Contingent at all, heh.

Posted by: davis,br at November 26, 2010 12:53 PM (IMnJI)

56 Ground Control to Major Tom was being used in a commercial a couple months back.

Posted by: buzzion at November 26, 2010 12:53 PM (oVQFe)

57 To folks like Peggy too many serious things in life are just a game. You can't fuck up and support Ebola and then say, "Oh well, my bad". The Presidency is not a toy, the Nation is not a toy.

Posted by: eman at November 26, 2010 12:54 PM (tz/Za)

58 Noonan's simple insertion of a late 60's pop culture metaphor is a mop to the mess she helped promote and continues to make excuses for.   

Posted by: journolist at November 26, 2010 01:06 PM (LwLqV)

59

I love Major Tom.  It's become part of the culture, even, like a muscial Trek, constantly referred to in other discourse.  And I never paid no attention to no politcs.  Thought it was about an astronaut on the outs with his wife, flying around in a klinky spaceship.  And dying.  I haven't listened-listened since I was a teenager, though.  I'll have to go back and really hear it again.  Regardless, I'll never change my mind about it being one of the best songs ever.

I grokked the Noonan reference.  Nice.

Posted by: rdbrewer at November 26, 2010 01:11 PM (IILnr)

60

It's hard for most people to admit they were wrong, especially the "elite" and "media" who are so sure of their intellectual superiority.  They publicly left their professional standards at the door while fawning over Obama, and some are now in the middle of the process of trying to regain some small measure of what they threw away. 

Noonan is like many others, who aren't ready to come right out and admit they were duped, that they were wrong, that they completely abrogated their professional responsibilites.  But this is a start.  They haven't yet realized they've squandered their credibility forever to a large number of us who have been paying attention.

The Obama disaster is kind of a two for one in terms of unintended consequences.  Not only has the failure of liberalism been exposed, but also the bias of the media.

 

Posted by: Mayday at November 26, 2010 01:13 PM (TRgli)

61 Peggy reminds me of Margaret Dumont in those old Marx Brothers movies. While Grocho, Harpo et al were running around wreaking havoc, Dumont was standing there richly declaiming in that garden tea party voice of hers saying "What's this! What is happening! This is outrageous!" and was completely, absolutely, totally irrelevant to the action. It's the voice, I think Noonan's voice is a dead ringer for Dumont's voice.

Posted by: MaureenTheTemp at November 26, 2010 01:14 PM (3gM8j)

62 The only way the stupid old Obama-loving bitch could recover a sliver of self respect would be to commit hari-kari.

Posted by: TexasJew at November 26, 2010 01:29 PM (Hb2pb)

63

Borks' book was good; boiled down - 2 trends will kill America

1) radical individualism - anything's good

2) radical egalitarianism - all results will be equal

1+2 = modern PC Affirmative Action Morally Relativistic Devolutional Mediocrity

look at our Executive if you doubt

Posted by: OhioDude at November 26, 2010 01:33 PM (TprFE)

64

Maureen - the Magaret Dumont thing, that's classic. 

Posted by: journolist at November 26, 2010 01:38 PM (LwLqV)

65 He may also need a lip surgeon.

Posted by: TexasJew at November 26, 2010 01:39 PM (Hb2pb)

66

66 - BWAHAHA. Thread winner.

64 - And tnx for setting it up for harpo (inadvertent or no). Loved Margaret Dumont: does Noonan really sound like her? - HOW apropo ...jeezus, in checking, Peg' does look like Dumont though. Whoa.

Posted by: davis,br at November 26, 2010 01:41 PM (IMnJI)

67 Here comes the Christmas season; and just in time, here comes  a Peggy Noonan column full of more crap than the Christmas Goose!

Posted by: Comanche Voter at November 26, 2010 01:44 PM (3ESDJ)

68 harpo marx (in context of MaureenTheTemp's insight): " "

Heh.

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at November 26, 2010 01:52 PM (swuwV)

69 best thread on here in days (weeks?).

Posted by: Vergeltung at November 26, 2010 02:01 PM (SL6vN)

70 ...but I did bang Kitty Carlisle.

Posted by: Karl Marx at November 26, 2010 06:56 PM (ocvEI)

Back in the day I would have banged her like a screen door in a hurricane:

http://tinyurl.com/294yera

Posted by: Vic at November 26, 2010 02:04 PM (e4sSD)

71 The word is "averse," not "adverse." Two words, different meanings, and what you intended to convey is "averse." As in "you'd better not have an aversion to..." See?

Posted by: D1Stewart at November 26, 2010 02:37 PM (VCsty)

72 Kitty Carlisle? The Sixties game show chick? oic

Posted by: eman at November 26, 2010 02:55 PM (kn74g)

73 Reading this, I realize more and more why people such as Noonan, the pundits at NRO, those who write in the NYT, etc -- basically anyone in the MF-ing media -- have become irrelevant and why the best political analysis now comes from average bloggers such as those at AoSHQ, American Thinker, Hot Air Green Room, all the Big Breitbart sites, etc. And it's because the former always have to watch what they say and how they say it, so as to not upset the liberal establishment and inside-the-beltway establishment. The latter, though, have to worry about no such restrictions on their writing and thoughts. They just tell it how it is. At the same time though, I don't let Noonan and the others I mentioned completely off the hook. They are not *forced* to write what and how they do and are not forced to have the ideas they do. I'm sure many of them actually do hold liberal views and don't have to worry about censoring themselves at all. So many of them are not taking positions in order to keep their status among the establishment elite, they actually are the establishment elite. The irony of this article by Noonan is that she is talking about a President, whose candidacy she fully supported, being out of touch with mainstream America when, in fact, Noonan herself long ago lost touch with mainstream America. She and others of her ilk -- on both the Left and Right -- simply refuse to see it, because -- again, ironically -- they live in their own establishment elitist bubble.

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at November 26, 2010 03:12 PM (NITzp)

74 In other words the PrezBO needs a handler? Is that what you're saying? I think he should just tune in to Fox News and he'll figure out what's happenin'.

Posted by: Fred Flatulencia at November 26, 2010 03:16 PM (RRw/Y)

75 If Oblahblah wants to stay grounded in reality (and why would he?) all he needs do is read this blog.

Posted by: CMU VET at November 26, 2010 04:01 PM (eSHGt)

76 Indianians? What the heck are those? How about Hoosiers?

Posted by: AJ4coco at November 26, 2010 07:41 PM (u8T0I)

77 Obama Needs a Reality Assistant, But It's Not His Fault

A president that needs a reality assistant has no business being in the office.

Posted by: Blacque Jacques Shellacque at November 26, 2010 11:00 PM (jQy/O)

78

"not being able to understand what is really going on outside of the white house his empty skull"

FIFY

 

Posted by: Hoper for Change at November 27, 2010 04:10 AM (EhYdw)

79 Peggy (unintentionally?) created an irony blackhole that is slowly collapsing reality on the elites.

Posted by: Living in a world I don't understand at November 27, 2010 04:13 AM (UYJ+m)

80 They aren't called Indianans, Peggy. We are called Hoosiers.

Who lives in a bubble?

Posted by: Benjamin at November 27, 2010 04:25 AM (ez+DW)

81

 It may be all those things you say Open Blogger, or it may be that Peggy Noonan just can't bring herself to call out liberals for the decadent traitors they are -- it simply violates her personal decorum.  She's too close to some of these people to accuse them of what hey really are.

But that doesn't make her irrelevant.  She knows these New York media elitists in a way that right wing bloggers never could, so she can deliver insights about them -- which does make her relevant.  I read her all the time, and she is no supporter of Obama in any way, shape or form. She did criticise Sarah Palin ONCE, but it was more in a form of a family elder scolding a younger member for .. pushiness, basically.  It was mostly a reaction to a perceived violation by Sarah of Noonan's sense of political decorum.  On almost all other occassions she has been supportive of Sarah Palin.

Discretion, it is said is the better part of valor.  There are times when the right wing blogosphere should heed this maxim, especially with respect to their conservative elders.  Having said that, I think this website is far less an offender that other blogs

Posted by: Call me Lennie at November 27, 2010 09:34 AM (GOsSG)

82 Guess what. All people in executive positions are in danger of being out of touch because the suck asses around them filter too much. Good executives know how to position themselves to avoid it, and become great leaders. Maybe electing someone with exactly zero executive experience wasn't the greatest idea.

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