Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Peggy Noonan on Palin's Failin'

Another letter WSJ didn't have the you-know-whats to print (well, maybe sending it in 11 days after the subject column was printed may have had something to do with that.)

Chicago ILTuesday, October 28, 2008

Wall Street Journal Letters


In her Friday, October 17, 2008 column "Palin's Failin'" Peggy Noonan writes of "a man who came from nowhere.... Harry S. Truman.... [y]ou have to give people time to show what they have."

Then she complains "... we have seen Mrs. Palin on the national stage for seven weeks now, and there is little sign that she has the tools... one hopes for in a holder of high office."

Palin doesn't have the tools for high office? She has infinitely more management experience than the other three candidates put together, since their buck-stops-here decision making responsibilities are limited to deciding where their senate office staff Christmas parties will be.

What had Truman shown on May 31, 1945, seven weeks after he had been "thrust into power by a careless FDR..."? Germany had surrendered on May 7, but even HST took no particular credit for that.

But have you noticed those crowds Sarah draws, Ms. Noonan? And the numbers of conservatives, formerly ice cold about McCain, now gritting their teeth, determined to vote for him whatever.

Better yet, have you noticed the opposition? They are appoplectic, appearing sometimes to be addressing Sarah more than John whats-his-name. They were even driven to claiming Sarah's crowds were yelling stuff like "kill him", quickly proven absolutely baseless.

Then Peggy goes on a tirade about "candidates... dropping their G's. Hardworkin' families are strainin' and tryin'a get ahead." And saying 'Mom and Dad' instead of 'mothers and fathers....'" asking "Do politicians ever remember that ... our children ...look to political figures for a model as to how adults sound?"

We are faced with the strong possibility of electing a president who is an out-and-out radical socialist, whose experience is limited to four grueling pre-teen years of slogging thru the mud of Indonesia, eight years as a state senator (a job requiring no more talant than a Chicago Bears 3rd string jock strap attendant (without the responsibility,) and work as a 'Community activist', AKA in Chicago as junior precinct captain ("Here sonny, a list of voters - if they don't on election day, your 'community activist' career is over!")

And Peggy Noonan is worried about politicians dropping their G's?

There's a lot of G droppin' out here west of the Hudson, Peggy.Sometimes we even idiomatically use the gramatical abortion "Who's kidding who".

Noonan concludes with a critical reference to "...Christopher Buckley... shooed from the great magazine his father invented."

Christopher Buckley was dropped because that magazine has no room for someone who openly backs a candidate who will nationalize every inch of the private sector he can, will name SCOTUS justices who will back those efforts for the next 40 years, and who would feel better if the United States were the weakest nation on earth instead of the strongest.

Arnold H

PS At least I don't need to waste time reading another Noonan column after 10/17/2008


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