Friday, July 10, 2009

Peggy Noonan's Parting Shot at Palin

Peggy Noonan has disliked Sarah Palin from the word go.

Let's remember it was Noonan who described her selection as "political bulls#*t" into an open mike on MSNBC upon learning of her selection.

Last October, Noonan wrote of Palin, "She was a dope and unqualified from the start."

But Ms. Noonan considers you a dope if you cannot come up with the equivalent of the Marshall Plan in seven weeks. I guess she thinks President Obama can bring peace in the Middle East without breaking a sweat.

A week after Palin announced her resignation as Governor of Alaska, Noonan cannot resist a parting shot:

"The elites hate her." The elites made her. It was the elites of the party, the McCain campaign and the conservative media that picked her and pushed her. The base barely knew who she was. It was the elites, from party operatives to public intellectuals, who advanced her and attacked those who said she lacked heft. She is a complete elite confection. She might as well have been a bonbon.

"She makes the Republican Party look inclusive." She makes the party look stupid, a party of the easily manipulated.

The elites made her? The elites, be they in the Republican Party or not, didn't make Sarah Palin anymore than they made Tim Pawlenty who was also strongly considered to be McCain's number two. Aside from Bill Kristol and some polite mentions in National Review, I don't think there was any serious push from conservatives to get McCain to put her on the ticket.
McCain's selection of Palin was as surprising to conservatives as her sudden resignation.

She might as well have been a bonbon? Well, I suppose it's a step up from being a dope.

Or perhaps not?

She made the party look stupid? So the ten of thousands of people that went to hear her speak at rallies throughout the country are stupid? What of the estimated 20,000 people who came to Auburn, New York to hear her speak? Does Noonan consider them the gum base to Palin's elite confection?

Sarah Palin didn't make the Republican Party look stupid. Sarah Palin did however make The Left and a cadre of condescending conservatives appear to be motivated by a hatred steeped in irrationality.

Peggy Noonan's disposition towards Sarah Palin is both guttural and visceral.

Put simply Peggy Noonan hates Sarah Palin.

I pity Peggy Noonan.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Noonan should get together with Dowd for a bottle of expensive wine. Both have predicted Palin's demise, and both will find their prediction grossly exaggerated.