Friday, March 30, 2012


"You can read the rest of her reasoning, but, honestly, why bother?"

I know this is all over the place, and I'm just piling on but... it has to be said.

Peggy Noonan, former Reagan speechwriter, was a big Obama booster, she loved the guy and attacked her fellow republicans for not supporting him. She tried really hard for years to defend him but has finally reached a point she can't any longer. Noonan tries to spin this as a rising tide, something she's been swept along by because things have changed:
Something's happening to President Obama's relationship with those who are inclined not to like his policies. They are now inclined not to like him. His supporters would say, "Nothing new there," but actually I think there is. I'm referring to the broad, stable, nonradical, non-birther right. Among them the level of dislike for the president has ratcheted up sharply the past few months.
What is happening is that the president is coming across more and more as a trimmer, as an operator who's not operating in good faith. This is hardening positions and leading to increased political bitterness. And it's his fault, too. As an increase in polarization is a bad thing, it's a big fault.
I guess I understand that reversing yourself publicly and in a humiliating manner sort of compels you to find some trigger, some tangible thing that you claim others have joined you in with rising accord but... people aren't any more opposed to Obama now than they have been for years on the right.

And toots, he hasn't suddenly become more disingenuous and untrustworthy. He's always been like that. You just lost your infatuation and are starting to notice that fact, perhaps. But really, we told you so, over and over. And you just didn't want to listen.

We were rubes, racists, bigots, radicals, mean spirited, bitter clingers who wouldn't face the hope and change for the future. We were entrenched and behind the times, according to folks like you. Well guess what: we were way ahead of the curve on you and most other Obama voters. You just didn't want to see, or hear. You were blinded by the smooth speeches and the idea of voting for a black guy and wanting it all to be true. You were swept along by the media and entertainment community, the cocktail parties you go to, and the mood of your co workers.

Maybe next time you can step back and show a little discernment.

I know its wrong to mock someone for wising up. I know its often counterproductive because it can make people dig in. I know its mean to say "I told you so" but... seriously? Ronald Reagan's speechwriter couldn't work this out? Some people deserve a smack upside the head.


Eric said...

To be fair, Noonan (who I read regularly) has been highly critical of Obama almost since his first day in office. A lot of conservatives aren't aware of this because they quit reading her after she pissed them off in the 2008 election. She has not been an ongoing supporter and defender of Obama. I recall her writing kind things about him when we took down the Somali pirates and when we took down Bin Laden, but she has been a vocal critic of almost every policy he's pursued. She just hasn't ever been in the habit of making personal attacks on him until very recently (the contraception/insurance debate is what put her over the top).

She eased up on him during the 2008 election, mostly because she couldn't (and clearly still can't) stand Sarah Palin. A lot of folks aren't ever going to forgive her for that, and I don't really blame them, but that's not a good excuse to invent a false history for her.

Noonan used to be one of my favorite conservative columnists, but her writing really was better when she was a critic of President Bush (in spite of the fact that she temporarily left her job to campaign for his reelecton). She had unique voice in regards to Bush, but her complaints about Obama's policies aren't very distinguished from any other conservative writer, except for the formentioned lack of personal attacks.

Rod Dreher has sort of replaced her on my weekly reading list.

Chris said...

When you get something that wrong, you don't have a lot of credibility left. In fact, you have virtually none.

Christopher R Taylor said...

I'd be more willing to give Ms Noonan the benefit of the doubt except the entire article is "well he's different now" as a defense for not supporting him any more. That's nonsense.