Peggy Noonan gets tough




There was a time a few years back when I took great pleasure in occasionally poking fun at Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, who frequently substitutes the vibes she’s feeling for analysis of any hard political facts.

She wrote, for example, on the eve of the 2012 presidential election that her magic vibes were telling her that the suddenly chirpy Mitt Romney would vanquish the relatively dour Barack Obama at the ballot box. Of course, it didn’t turn out that way, but Noonan never followed up with an explanation of how she erred.

Since then, I’ve had little, if anything, to say about Peggy’s writings and haven’t even bothered to read much of the drivel for which the Journal foolishly pays her coin of the realm.

Ah, but there’s good reason again to check in on Noonan. Her latest column is creating quite a fuss. A conservative woman — Noonan was a speechwriter for Ronald Reagan when he was in the White House — is questioning the masculinity of our current Republican president, Donald Trump.

Noonan wrote that Trump is “inexperienced, crude, an outsider…weak and sniveling and undermines himself almost daily by ignoring” traditional norms of American masculinity.

“He throws himself, sobbing, on the body politic,” Noonan wrote. “…Trump must remind people of their first wife. Actually his wife, Melania, is tougher than he is with her stoicism and grace, her self-discipline and desire to show the world respect by presenting herself with dignity.”

Noonan said American men used to identify with the “strong silent type celebrated in mid-20th century films” but that the new style “was more like that of Woody Allen.”

“His [Allen’s]  characters couldn’t stop talking about their emotions, their resentments and needs,” she continued. “They were self-justifying as they acted out their cowardice and anger. But he was a comic. It was funny. He wasn’t putting it out as a new template for maleness.”


Mind you, I’m not sure I agree with what Noonan said, but I welcome it for one potential reason: It’s going to be fun to see what Trump says if he foolishly decides to respond to this attack.


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