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Monday, October 20, 2008

After Distinguished Career Peggy Noonan Flushes Credibility Down the Toilet

People have the right to express their opinion, but have no right over the thoughts of others upon receiving that opinion. Peggy Noonan recently wrote a piece called "Palin's Failin'". Upon reading this diatribe, I have lost all respect for Ms. Noonan. She has the right to think that Sarah Palin is a bad pick, but to lay the blame of McCain's polls at the feet of Sarah Palin is ridiculous. In my opinion John McCain would have been behind by 15-20 points if not for Sarah Palin.

Noonan basically criticizes Sarah Palin for the style in which she has approached the national stage. No doubt about it, Noonan is an intellectual. It appears she would have no appreciation for anything except intellectual dialogue. She criticizes Palin for not knowing if she is a Bushian or a Reaganite. She criticizes her for not holding news conferences and for only doing safer interviews. Sometimes the gifted can be quite stupid. Sarah Palin is not running for president, John McCain is. As his VP, she cannot come out too strongly on many positions that may differ with McCain. Noonan seems blind to the hysterical attack mode the media is against all that is not Obama this election season. The media response to Palin's selection was to go into immediate attack mode and throw out a list of allegations regardless of proof or validity. The two MSM interviews Palin did became a circus because of the gotcha nature of questioning. The only thing missing before each question was an aside to the viewing audience and fellow liberals saying "This one will really stump the snot out of her".

In short, everything that Noonan thinks Palin should have done, would have been spun by the MSM into a side circus. If she ran on her personal detailed positions, the MSM would have focused on the differences between her and McCain. If she had news conferences and more interviews, again there would always be the one question (the one nobody really knows the answer to, but we pretend even an idiot should) and the next 3 days of news cycles would be spent on how she answered.

Sarah Palin has been used to excite the base and to fill the historical role of attack-dog against Barack Obama. She has done a fantastic job. Look at the huge crowds. Look at the passion in those who attend. Look at her effect to pull the highest ratings on her appearances like the VP debate and SNL. Even as the polls tighten, the media and even quite a number of conservatives have written off the McCain / Palin ticket. They may very well lose. The ticket may very well be "failin'", but it is not because of Palin.

I hate to say this, but the way Noonan has come out to cut off Palin at the knees before the election is even held, she comes across like a catty b**ch. Sorry, but there is no other way to say it. I ask myself what drove her to write a piece against Palin and what drove her to be so personal and nasty about it. What motive? What desired outcome? After much consideration, I don't have an answer. Sorry, the only thing left is catty b**ch. From now on, that is my name for Ms. Noonan until she finds a way to redeem herself.

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  • At 1:18 PM, Blogger SkyePuppy said…

    Peggy Noonan is an elite, and elites--on both sides of the aisle--look down their patrician noses on ordinary people. Good thing there are more of us ordinary folks than there are elites like Noonan.

  • At 11:52 PM, Blogger Thomas said…

    It's impossible for a person of sound mind to vote for a Vice Presidential candidate who refuses to give a press conference. I mean, what is this, the Soviet Union?

  • At 10:16 AM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…


    Your statement makes no sense. What does this action of not wasting time on the gotcha press have to do with the Soviet Union. She is simply going to the American people and talking about the things they are interested in instead of wasting time with distractions.

    She is the VP candidate that knows JOBS is a four letter word, though.


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