Like me, Sarah Palin is no fan of Peggy Noonan — but for a different reason

The moral of THIS STORY is that a certain former Republican candidate for vice president has a long memory: Nobody holds (or exploits) a grudge like Sarah Palin. Just ask Peggy Noonan. Noonan, you might recall, couldn’t hide her displeasure with Palin back during the 2008 campaign. The former Reagan speechwriter was caught on an open mike disparaging John McCain’s selection of the former Alaska governor… When the campaign ended and she was free to air her grievances in public, Noonan wrote a devastating column in which she asserted that Palin “was out of her depth in a shallow pool.” Palin still hasn’t gotten over any of that, as she made clear in a Facebook post on Friday. “Great article, Peggy, but where the heck were you when I and other commonsense conservatives were sounding the warning bell in ’08?” Palin wrote, referring to Noonan’s latest column. “You joined the ‘cool kids’ in mocking and condescendingly criticizing — ultimately demanding that we ‘sit down and shut up.’ Better late than never, though, Peggy and your ilk, because, meanwhile back in America…” Can Noonan see Russia from the...

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Peggy Noonan pines for a time that never really was

Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, a frequent target of my barbs (see HERE), is a mere 62 years old and thus wasn’t around when the photo above was taken during the Great Depression. But that doesn’t excuse the silliness of this passage from her latest offering: There is pervasive confusion about what the American dream is. We seem to have redefined it to mean the acquisition of material things — a car, a house and a pool. That was not the meaning of the American dream a few generations ago. The definition then was that in this wonderful place called America, where you can start out from nothing and become anything. It was aspirational. The limits of class and background wouldn’t and couldn’t keep you from becoming a person worthy of respect, even renown. If you wanted to turn that into houses and a pool, fine. But you didn’t have to. You could have a modest job like teacher and be the most respected woman in town. When we turned the American dream into a dream about materialism, we disheartened our young, who now are forced to achieve what we’ve defined as success in a straitened economy.  Steve M. over at NoMoreMisterNiceBlog offers THIS SNARKY RESPONSE to Noonan’s “misty watercolor memory of the way were”  and invites her to take a gander at the photo above: So “a few generations ago” the American dream wasn’t about materialism? Peggy, please let me introduce you to the work of Margaret Bourke-White. Perhaps you’ve heard of her?...

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Peggy Noonan repeats something she said two months ago, but this time calls it a “bombshell”

Poor Peggy Noonan! Her grasp of political reality is soooo weak! No wonder her writings are so often grist for my mill (see HERE for several examples). Now she’s taken to mindlessly repeating herself, but with increasing excitement, as we see HERE: The Wall Street Journal op-ed page continues to be a primary source of life support for the fizzling “scandal” involving the IRS’s targeting of non-profit groups. Peggy Noonan writes in her July 19 column that a massive “bombshell” landed this week courtesy of House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa’s latest hearing into the matter: “The IRS scandal was connected this week not just to the Washington office — that had been established — but to the office of the chief counsel.” This new, shocking information, per Noonan, is a “bombshell” because “the chief counsel of the IRS is one of only two Obama political appointees in the entire agency.” Noonan need not have waited for Darrell Issa to drop the “bombshell” news that the IRS chief counsel’s office was linked to the targeting. She could have just re-read her own Wall Street Journal column from May 18: ….The Washington Post reported efforts to target the conservative groups reached the highest levels of the agency by May 2012–far earlier than the agency had acknowledged. Reuters reported high-level IRS officials, including its chief counsel, knew in August 2011 about the targeting. So Noonan’s “bombshell” exploded two months ago, but she’s only now sensing the...

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Jon Stewart mocks Peggy Noonan, which makes me like him even more

Anyone who chides the insufferable Peggy Noonan as effectively as THIS is all right in my book. (Note: be sure to watch the video.) Recently, the IRS has admitted to subjecting Tea Party groups to scrutiny. In fact, for the past few weeks the Obama Administration has been standing “crotch deep in the scandal swamp,” said Jon Stewart of The Daily Show. Peggy Noonan, former Reagan speechwriter, is the perfect example of what it is to live in the conservative bubble. She recently said that the scandals “make a cluster that implies very bad things…This IRS thing is something I’ve never seen in my lifetime.” Jon Stewart is quick to remind us of the Iran Contra fiasco. Noonan is on record defending Reagan, saying Iran Contra was “unlucky” and a...

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What’s this? Peggy Noonan making sense?

Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, who sometimes is the target of my rapier wit (examples HERE), is out with a piece that enumerates the wounds inflicted on the Republican Party by the ill-fated war in Iraq. Her list: It ruined the party’s hard-earned reputation for foreign-affairs probity. It muddied up the meaning of conservatism and bloodied up its reputation. It ended the Republican political ascendance that had begun in 1980. It undermined respect for Republican economic stewardship. It quashed debate within the Republican Party. It killed what remained of the Washington Republican establishment. Noonan explains all this...

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