Peggy Noonan Rips Sarah Palin, Again

George Joyce
Why does Peggy Noonan find Sarah Palin so distasteful?  Presumably, I am told, it's because Noonan worships at the altar of Ronald Reagan, and Palin is no Reagan.  Female friends of mine tell me of a deeper hatred: Noonan is troubled by Palin's family first policy -- that nagging and annoying call from nature which reminds humanity of its proper priorities. 

Whatever the case, in today's Wall Street Journal Noonan assembles her arsenal, sharpens her nails, and unleashes her most disturbing and unhealthy attack so far on Sarah Palin.  Here are a few tidbits:

"In television interviews she was out of her depth in a shallow pool. She was limited in her ability to explain and defend her positions, and sometimes in knowing them. 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."

But Queen Peggy is just warming up.  To those in the Republican Party who argued that Palin made the party seem more inclusive, Noonan snaps back:

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

Noonan argues, incredibly, that what ultimately destroyed Sarah Palin was Palin's lack of modesty.  Palin should have accepted her "inadequacy" -- she should have known her place in other words:

"Her lack of any appropriate modesty did her in. Actually, it's arguable that membership in the self-esteem generation harmed her. For 30 years the self-esteem movement told the young they're perfect in every way. It's yielding something new in history: an entire generation with no proper sense of inadequacy."

Noonan is twisting a very troubling knife here.  Instead of recognizing that Palin might have been motivated to help save her beloved country from Obama's socialist revolution, Noonan drifts off into pop sociology.

Think about it.  On Iran, Palin would have vocally supported the Iranian demonstrators.  On Honduras, she would have defended the Honduran people and their constitution instead of the thug Zelaya.  She would have talked tough on North Korea.  She would have thrown Sonia Sotomayor's application into a dumpster marked "racist."  She would have stared down Nancy Pelosi on socialism, unchecked federal power, and the massive debt our children are destined to inherit.

Simply put, Sarah Palin would have done all of this while maintaining her treasured position as a loving mother and wife -- hardly an inadequate achievement.

Now I think I know why Peggy hates Sarah.
Why does Peggy Noonan find Sarah Palin so distasteful?  Presumably, I am told, it's because Noonan worships at the altar of Ronald Reagan, and Palin is no Reagan.  Female friends of mine tell me of a deeper hatred: Noonan is troubled by Palin's family first policy -- that nagging and annoying call from nature which reminds humanity of its proper priorities. 

Whatever the case, in today's Wall Street Journal Noonan assembles her arsenal, sharpens her nails, and unleashes her most disturbing and unhealthy attack so far on Sarah Palin.  Here are a few tidbits:

"In television interviews she was out of her depth in a shallow pool. She was limited in her ability to explain and defend her positions, and sometimes in knowing them. 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."

But Queen Peggy is just warming up.  To those in the Republican Party who argued that Palin made the party seem more inclusive, Noonan snaps back:

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

Noonan argues, incredibly, that what ultimately destroyed Sarah Palin was Palin's lack of modesty.  Palin should have accepted her "inadequacy" -- she should have known her place in other words:

"Her lack of any appropriate modesty did her in. Actually, it's arguable that membership in the self-esteem generation harmed her. For 30 years the self-esteem movement told the young they're perfect in every way. It's yielding something new in history: an entire generation with no proper sense of inadequacy."

Noonan is twisting a very troubling knife here.  Instead of recognizing that Palin might have been motivated to help save her beloved country from Obama's socialist revolution, Noonan drifts off into pop sociology.

Think about it.  On Iran, Palin would have vocally supported the Iranian demonstrators.  On Honduras, she would have defended the Honduran people and their constitution instead of the thug Zelaya.  She would have talked tough on North Korea.  She would have thrown Sonia Sotomayor's application into a dumpster marked "racist."  She would have stared down Nancy Pelosi on socialism, unchecked federal power, and the massive debt our children are destined to inherit.

Simply put, Sarah Palin would have done all of this while maintaining her treasured position as a loving mother and wife -- hardly an inadequate achievement.

Now I think I know why Peggy hates Sarah.