AN OASIS IN A WORLD OF HACKS, HUSTLERS, AND HIRED SPIN
posted by The Cunning Realist at Sunday, July 12, 2009
A bit neo-pollyanna. Naw, she's been around too long to not know the score.Here's Pallin's "base"http://crooksandliars.com/node/29464You've got a few folks in upstate NY and, of course, northwestern PA who are just itching to join up.Now, here's the "rear-guard" of the current GOP. Leadership roles to boot.http://rawstory.com/08/news/2009/07/11/c-street-group-tied-to-ensign-is-linked-to-yet-another-secretive-group/There has not been a vibrant Republican Party since Eisenhower but, then again, he warned of the military industrial complex so maybe they've been lining their own pockets since then or before.This is one dangerous bunch of white dudes and you won't find their names in the Main Core database either.Frank Rich's Sunday column is much closer to what I'm seeing from my Northwest rooftop.
OMG, you almost made me read a Peggy Noonan column. Now I have to go wash my brain out.
Here's an interesting take on Palin:http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/07/one_democrat_realist_gets_it_a.html
He's about right. Are 12 months long enough for Pallin to get her grammer school and high school education (you know, READING, writing, math and science. Throw in a bit of a 2nd language, Alaskan doesn't count. Then a bit of geography ... okay, a lot of geography like "where's Tennessee"; social studies (no moose allowed).Although I know there are enough self proclaimed Republicans who think she's "brilliant" (self comparisons?) ... I cringe to think of having to listen to the wingnut inanity through another election season.I gave up TV in 2004 and do not buy newspapers. Anything on the web that interests me has to come with at least 2 independent sources.
I love it. Crazy Jesus Lady Noonan, who swoons at the semi-divine aura of Blessed St. Ronnie, who actually **published** (!!!) a fever dream about little Elian's (remember him?) rescue by divinely guided marine life -- she chastises the Frontier Moose Lady because "she was not thoughtful".I swear, to be a paid act in the national corporate media circus you've got to have your sense of irony surgically removed.Speaking of which -- please tell me that you're citing Crazy Jesus Lady ironically, CR.-- sglover
Considering the WSJ editorial pages I am a bit surprised they published this.
Isn't this the same Noonan who was caught on mike saying Palin wasn't ready during a break on one of the chat shows after spending 20 minutes on air saying she was?
Argh :-( Noonan. Perhaps we got a picture of the Republican Party's true colors. No? I always wonder who picks the running mates. We know Dick Cheney picked himself, but who thought Lieberman or Palin were good mates.I'm sure if McCain had won, we'd be hearing the opposite. Actions speak louder than words, and words are as steadfast as a soap bubble drifting in the breeze. I think that phrase Wolfowitz used to justify the multitudes of reasons for the Iraq war fits - "Whatever sticks".
Meh, I think Noonan is a joke, but when she's right, she's right. Love the comments defending Palin. Lots of anger, but no defenses that really deal with Noonan's points in the column.
Hmmmm, TCR may be citing Peggy's assessment of the threats facing the country... Peggy's comments about how the GOP needs to "get serious, as serious as the age, because that is what a grown-up, responsible party—a party that deserves to lead—would do." Perhaps you're seeing this as evidence that Noonan also has matured, and adopted a more rational vision of the world.I see no other evidence of that. Hate to butt heads with you, TCR, normally I love reading your stuff. But I suspect that if Peggy actually laid out her answers to the threats facing this country, TCR would see little difference between Noonan and McCain. "Bankruptcy and deep social unrest, burdens of federal government are no longer legitimate" Noonan frets? Why, more deregulation and lassaiz-faire will fix that right up. "American cities getting hit with weapons of mass destruction"? Let's behead 'their' leaders and convert them to Christianity. When Peggy Noonan says "we should get serious," she is recycling the old trope about how all-powerful Liberals have always prevented True Ur-Conservatism from being tried. (A form of dolschtoss.) Except maybe for a few years during Ronnie's term, boy those were the good ol' days weren't they?LOL at Noonan's phrase, "She ...displayed the disadvantages of being born into a point of view (in her case a form of conservatism; elsewhere and in other circumstances, it could have been a form of liberalism)"In other words, "She was so stupid she should have been a liberal". My GAWD, what mental gymnastics to tie Palin to Liberalism just because Palin was a failure. Liberalism is always and everywhere a failure, ergo all failures stem from liberalism, therefore Palin was secretly a liberal, or raised like a liberal, or something. This is exactly the same as all the pundits, including Noonan, who suddenly discovered that George Bush wasn't a "real" Conservative as his poll numbers dropped into the low 30s. Suddenly after six years, a few Conservatives noticed that Bush was ringing up gigantic deficits, expanding government and invading privacy. Yeah thanks for noticing, guys, too little too late. Rats from a sinking ship. Noonan is mourning the fact that Palin failed, not Palin's actual policies, background or stances. If Palin had won, Noonan wouldn't be criticizing her at all, Noonan would be defending Palin -- if only publicly, just like in that radio show which AJW cited right above me.
...P.S. I just know somebody's gonna accuse me of debating in hypotheticals when I say "Noonan would be defending Palin". But AJW and I have the concrete evidence of the radio show on our side, whereas Noonan's column seems based around her hypothetical remark that "it could have been a form of liberalism": in other words, "if only Palin had been a liberal, it would have been easier for me [Noonan] to explain her failure, so I'm going to write that column instead". LOLz! Sorry, TCR, but this Noonan column, like almost all her others, is partisan propaganda, pure and simple.
Like Krugman said, everything she says against Palin, she said for Bush. Hold up your finger higher Ms. Noonan, the wind ain't a blow'n.
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