Peggy Noonan beats up on Obama, Billary, and USSC arrogance - etc


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AZRickD
June 30, 2005, 12:26 AM
Peggy is uncharacteristically strident in this piece. She must have reached a breaking point last week. :)

Just a few snippets.

Reading this was fatiguing, but in a good way. ;)

http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/pnoonan/?id=110006884

First a general exclamation of annoyance to set the tone:What's wrong with them? That's what I'm thinking more and more as I watch the news from Washington.
Then a little more focused on the self-congratulations Senators gave themselves on the so-called "filibuster compromise":There is nothing wrong with compromise and nothing wrong with announcements, but the senators who spoke referred to themselves with such flights of vanity and conceit--we're so brave, so farsighted, so high-minded--that it was embarrassing. They patted themselves on the back so hard they looked like a bevy of big breasted pigeons in a mass wing-flap.
Peggy chastizes Barrack Obama for comparing himself so favorably to Abraham Lincoln and their "shared" humble roots:Oh. So that's what Lincoln's for. Actually Lincoln's life is a lot like Mr. Obama's. Lincoln came from a lean-to in the backwoods. His mother died when he was 9. The Lincolns had no money, no standing. Lincoln educated himself, reading law on his own, working as a field hand, a store clerk and a raft hand on the Mississippi. He also split some rails. He entered politics, knew more defeat than victory, and went on to lead the nation through its greatest trauma, the Civil War, and past its greatest sin, slavery.

Barack Obama, the son of two University of Hawaii students, went to Columbia and Harvard Law after attending a private academy that taught the children of the Hawaiian royal family. He made his name in politics as an aggressive Chicago vote hustler in Bill Clinton's first campaign for the presidency.

You see the similarities.
On horning in on the Glow of Billy Graham's last Crusade:And there are the Clintons. There are always the Clintons. The man for whom Barack Obama worked so hard in 1992 showed up with his wife this week to take center stage at Billy Graham's last crusade in New York. Billy Graham is a great man. He bears within him deep reservoirs of sweetness, and the reservoirs often overflow. It was embarrassing to see America's two most famous political grifters plop themselves in the first row dressed in telegenic silk and allow themselves to become the focus of sweet words they knew would come.

Why did they feel it right to inject a partisan political component into a spiritual event? Why take advantage of the good nature and generosity of an old hero? Why, after spending their entire adulthoods in public life, have they not developed or at least learned to imitate simple class?
And the Elite Slime on the Supreme Court:They seemed to reflect a lack of basic human modesty on the part of many of the justices. Many are famously very old, and they have been together as a court for a very long time. One wonders if they have lost all understanding of how privileged they are to have lifetime sinecures of power and authority. Do they have any sense anymore of common human wisdom, of the normal human arrangements by which Americans live? ... Local government can bulldoze Grandma's house because it's in the way of a future strip mall that will add more to the tax base? The Ten Commandments can appear on public land but not in a courthouse, but Moses, who received the Ten Commandments can appear in the frieze of the House but he'll be sandblasted off the Supreme Court? Or do I have that the other way around?

What are they doing? All this hair splitting, this dithering, this cutting and pasting--all this lack of serious and defining principle. All this vanity. Perhaps Justice Ginsburg or Justice Stevens will retire soon and write a memoir: Like Jefferson I held to principle, and like Lincoln I often lacked air conditioning. But in my intellectual gifts I've always found myself to be more like Oliver Wendell Holmes . . .

What is in the air there in Washington, what is in the water?
What is wrong with them? This is not a rhetorical question. I think it is unspoken question No. 1 as Americans look at so many of the individuals in our government. What is wrong with them?
Ouch. Hmmm. Ya know, that wasn't fatiguing, it was a tonic.

Rick

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Standing Wolf
June 30, 2005, 12:34 AM
Why did they feel it right to inject a partisan political component into a spiritual event? Why take advantage of the good nature and generosity of an old hero? Why, after spending their entire adulthoods in public life, have they not developed or at least learned to imitate simple class?

The crowning achievement of Snopeses is to be able to fake their way into the appearance of respectability, or at least, what they believe is the appearance of respectability.

In short: it's difficult to make a silk purse of a sow's ear.

scubie02
June 30, 2005, 08:38 AM
apparently not anymore, or they at least seem able to appear like a silk purse to an awful lot of people, despite the smell...

bakert
June 30, 2005, 09:36 AM
Beats up on them?? I'm surprised that more people can't see the facts as she stated. She wouldn't have space in one article to list the rest of our duly elected "paragons" of virtue that fit into the catagories she mentioned. Also I'm certain the Clintons will take Billy Grahams words to heart. :cuss:

rms/pa
June 30, 2005, 09:54 AM
on making a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
First you kill the pig.
i suggest a .22LR to the back of the skull.

rms/pa

Lone_Gunman
June 30, 2005, 11:41 AM
Does anyone else think Peggy Noonan is hot?
Kind of like Ann Coulter, but without a penis.

Don Gwinn
June 30, 2005, 11:53 AM
Yeah, I think that's enough.

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