Noonan calls Palin nincompoop, wishes damn kids would stay off her lawn

Is Peggy Noonan bitter because she didn’t get the chance to cash in on Palin-bashing the way that Kathleen Parker did, to say nothing of not being awarded a Pulitzer? Palin said that Ronald Reagan was an actor, and he was an, um, actor.

Noonan points out that Pres. Reagan did lots of other things in his time in Hollywood, and he did. Is there a politician today who has invoked the greatness of Pres. Reagan and governed the way he governed more than Sarah Palin?

Noonan’s bitterness is a shame – she was a good speechwriter in her day, but she jumped on Lounge Car of the Crazy Train as soon as Palin became a national figure, and has adamantly refused to get off. Unlike Liberals who secretly fear the rise of Sarah Palin, I think Noonan’s equal parts bitter that she’s not there for the party and galled that Conservatives really could care less what she thinks any more. She carries about as much water as a bucket without a bottom.

Bitter is as bitter does.

Conservatives talked a lot about Ronald Reagan this year, but they have to take him more to heart, because his example here is a guide. All this seemed lost last week on Sarah Palin, who called him, on Fox, “an actor.” She was defending her form of policical celebrity—reality show, “Dancing With the Stars,” etc. This is how she did it: “Wasn’t Ronald Reagan an actor? Wasn’t he in ‘Bedtime for Bonzo,’ Bozo, something? Ronald Reagan was an actor.”

Excuse me, but this was ignorant even for Mrs. Palin. Reagan people quietly flipped their lids, but I’ll voice their consternation to make a larger point. Ronald Reagan was an artist who willed himself into leadership as president of a major American labor union (Screen Actors Guild, seven terms, 1947-59.) He led that union successfully through major upheavals (the Hollywood communist wars, labor-management struggles); discovered and honed his ability to speak persuasively by talking to workers on the line at General Electric for eight years; was elected to and completed two full terms as governor of California; challenged and almost unseated an incumbent president of his own party; and went on to popularize modern conservative political philosophy without the help of a conservative infrastructure. Then he was elected president.

The point is not “He was a great man and you are a nincompoop,” though that is true. The point is that Reagan’s career is a guide, not only for the tea party but for all in politics. He brought his fully mature, fully seasoned self into politics with him. He wasn’t in search of a life when he ran for office, and he wasn’t in search of fame; he’d already lived a life, he was already well known, he’d accomplished things in the world.

via Peggy Noonan: Home.


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2 Responses to Noonan calls Palin nincompoop, wishes damn kids would stay off her lawn

  1. Eric says:

    While she was unecessarily harsh on Palin, I agree w/ the point she was making. Reagan’s broad background and lifetime of experience (and innate talent) afforded him an ability to persuade the country instead of just preach to choir. Because of his background and biography, he was appealing to a much wider swath of the American public than Palin is ever likely to be. I think Noonan should be honest about the fact that Palin is now trying to build up those credentials, but even then, she’s just doing on Facebook and Fox… places where she is already widely accepted.

    But if you read the whole article, this wasn’t meant to be a simple attack on Palin, but a warning about running candidates who are both conservative and and unelectable (and Palin may very well be such a candidate). I think that’s a fair warning. You want to tell me there wasn’t a conservative in the state of Nevada who could have taken down Harry Reid? You want to tell me that Christine O’Donnell was a good candidate to be running in a place like Delaware?

    If we are talking about 2012 and the POTUS campaign, you have to ask yourself, is a Sarah Palin candidacy likely to look at lot like a Sharon Angle or Christine O’Donnell candidacy, where she is both the most conservative and least persuasive candidate in the race? I think that is a real danger. And that’s coming from someone who would vote for Paln (probably not in the primary, but in the general election against any Democrat of course I’d vote for her and support her… I just wouldn’t expect her to win).

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