Peggy Noonan's weekend column, Americans Vote for Maturity, is generally supportive of the Tea Parties, but she can't resist joining the chorus of ruling class Republicans grousing about "unqualified" candidates. She concludes:
Americans don't want, as their representatives, people who seem empty or crazy. They'll vote no on that.
It's not just the message, it's the messenger.
Without specifics, this is a fair enough point. But who decides that a candidate is "empty or crazy"? Do we take the word of the mainstream media and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee that Rand Paul, Sharron Angle and Christine O'Donnell are crazy "radical fringe" candidates? Perhaps with more support from people like Noonan, O'Donnell and Angle could have won their elections, which by definition would make them qualified candidates.
Noonan singles out a comment Sarah Palin made about President Reagan being a movie actor: "this was ignorant even for Mrs. Palin... The point is not ‘He was a great man and you are a nincompoop,' though that is true."
Sarah Palin might not be my first choice in the 2012 primaries, but, for crying out loud, she's on our side! Palin is a friend of conservatism, not an enemy--to use our President's language. It's unfortunate that a talented and intelligent writer like Noonan spends time in her first post-election column attacking a solid conservative, when there are so many nincompoops on the Left promoting policies that are destructive to the country.