Friday, July 10, 2009

Peggy Noonan says Palin's a "ponder-free zone"

In her new obit of Sarah Palin, Peggy Noon works to strip conservatives of some "Palin myths".

The myths: that Palin's working class, that she represents the only hope of the non-Ivies, that elites hate her, that she makes the GOP look inclusive, that she'll use the next few years to do her homework.

A few of those are questionable. Relative to her political class, Palin is working class. And elites do hate her. But that's just because most elites are liberal. Conservative elites (who are every bit as elitist as liberals) adore her. Sean Hannity is just as much an elite as David Brooks. Same with Coulter vs. Noonan. Again, elitism is not ideology.

But beyond the political opportunism Noonan sees, there's a much larger concern.

And that is that Sarah H. Palin is the second coming of George W. Bush, and we're only a half year from his disastrous Presidency (And it was disastrous. The statute of limitations for conservatives admitting it was disastrous is officially gone).

Noonan (ea):

She couldn't say what she read because she didn't read anything. She was utterly unconcerned by all this and seemed in fact rather proud of it: It was evidence of her authenticity. She experienced criticism as both partisan and cruel because she could see no truth in any of it. She wasn't thoughtful enough to know she wasn't thoughtful enough. Her presentation up to the end has been scattered, illogical, manipulative and self-referential to the point of self-reverence. "I'm not wired that way," "I'm not a quitter," "I'm standing up for our values." I'm, I'm, I'm.

.... Really, she is the most careless sower of discord since George W. Bush, who fractured the party and the movement that made him. Why wouldn't the media want to keep that going?

The reaction from Palin fans is already predictable: they'll call Noonan an odd-toed ungulate (and this about the woman who wrote many of Reagan's great speeches, incidentally), and they'll say she has it out for Palin. And they're right. Noonan does have it out for Palin.

But if Palin's really the second coming of Ronald Reagan, why would Noonan criticize her so sharply? Noonan knew Reagan much better than nearly all of us, and knows Palin probably as well as all of us, if only because even Sarah Palin's toe glitter gets attention.

So why the great apprehension?

If Palin were to concede even an inch of ignorance, that might mean a mile. But it would be a mile in the right direction.


narciso said...

Noonan, bet hard on Obama's 'wisdom' called her a 'follower not a leader'. Much like Couric, she didn't bother to notice her Op Eds to the NY Times, letters to the San Francisco Chronicle, the fact that she was a party to at least one lawsuit (the Exxon Valdez suit) When he have a President apologizing or minimizing the fact that we won the Cold War, who thinks there's been a 'debate' in Iran, over the last two weeks. Who thinks massive debt and government
expenditure, will solve the budget crisis, Who's ignorant again GOP '16, start reframing everything

Sally said...

I've posted this elsewhere in response to remarks by so-called experts that Palin doesn't read. Before she was ever named McCain's running mate, I was on a plane with her (across the aisle). The flight attendant clued me in when I went to the restroom that I was seated across from the governor of Alaska. I was Anyway, I did notice that she was reading my father's favorite author, Thomas Sowell. The book was Vision of the Anointed.

wisetrog said...

How does Noonan know what Sarah has read or not?

She doesn't have even 1/10th of Reaganism left in her, else why'd she inject so much venom at Sarah but spare the Messiah who is busy destroying the Reagan legacy? Because he's presumably "well-read"? How does Noonan what Obama read? It's not a stretch to think that she just assumes he's acceptable because he went to an Ivy League school.

baboonking said...

a good question to ask: why do more republican elites spend their time attacking palin than they do obama?

Eric Dondero said...

The Bush Presidency was "disastrous"? I guess from the perspective of Islamo-Fascists.

Bush anihalated the Hitler of our time: Saddam Hussein. He also gave Afghanistan a chance for Freedom.

I'd say Bush is the best President in my lifetime on those two scores alone. Reagan was great, but he was also a bit too tied to religious right like Ed Messe, Robertson,

But was more libertarian all around.

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