Peggy Noonan's Faint Praise for Obama
One-time Obama cheerleader Peggy Noonan has seen the light, almost. This week's column reports that the American people are signaling a "broad rejection" of Obama, telling him "You've lost us."
Noonan however can't quite give up on the man she once praised as "moderate," "mature," with "preternatural steadiness." She ends her column with "three things I've admired about the president since he entered the White House":
1. The first is that he has an intact, multigenerational family.
You mean, he didn't have six kids with five different women and then abandon them? Talk about the bigotry of low expectations.
2. The second is that he isn't mean.
Again, this is a low bar for a President. It's hard to judge character from a few video clips, but we have seen numerous examples of mocking churlish behavior by the President. He is certainly narcissistic, arrogant and ruthless. I'd say this combination adds up to meanness.
In 2008, Noonan wrote: "The White House exhibits chastened generosity, refusing to snipe, mock or attempt to undermine." This week she writes: "His staffers do snark and push-back, but they don't do targeted abuse, they don't seem to try to take down foes in a personal way." Really? Obama got his start in politics by taking out his opponents before the election in very personal ways. Ram Emanuel doesn't do targeted abuse? "Don't listen to Rush Limbaugh"? His lack of response to the "son of a bitches" comment? Describing political foes as "enemies"? And on and on.
Finally, Obama's meanness or lack thereof is irrelevant. Good intentions don't excuse destructive policies.
3. The third has been a relative absence of deep political scandal.
To paraphrase Noonan, he's incompetent and clueless, but at least he's not a crook. But then she adds, "there are signs this week that could change with the Solyndra loan scandal." So he's incompetent, pursues policies that destroy the country and he might be a crook.
Wow, no wonder she still admires him.