Peggy Noonan is a woman I’d love to have lunch with: she’s brilliant, knows much more than I’ll ever find out, and is, in a word, a role model for those of us who would be both articulate and civil.
That said, she’s also someone many of us on the Right think of when the term RINO is used. That is, Republican in Name Only, a “moderate,” a squish. Someone who above all else cares for civil discourse, regardless of the issues at hand, and even when that civility is just another name for surrender.
I’m not among those on the Right to think Ms Noonan surrenders. Rather, she sometimes she does not even engage the adversary. Specifically, I did find her to be rather credulous to the point of naivete about Obama during the 2008 election. But then, the The One Who Would Make the Oceans Cease their Rise had a lot of moderates fooled.
Better late than never. In her column today, Noonan is especially harsh on Obama (for her). She begins with this:
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.
Ponder that last: now inclined not to like him. Why? In a few words from Noonan,
the president is coming across more and more as a trimmer, as an operator who’s not operating in good faith.
This is hardly news to me; Obama sealed this deal with me when he repudiated Jeremiah Wright and his anti-White, anti-Semitic, anti-American “church” only after it became politically expedient to do so. Stated simply, 20 years of membership, calling Wright his spiritual guide, simply no longer existed because and was thrown overboard in a flash because it would hurt Obama at the polls.
If Obama has lost a centrist like Noonan, he’s got a large problem this November. Up until now the storyline has been that while a majority of people don’t like Obama’s policies, a majority still said they liked him as a person. If Noonan’s sea change is indicative of a more global change in the electorate’s mood, Obama’s in some hot water.
As Noonan concludes, Obama “cannot win the coming election. But the Republicans, still, can lose it.” Truer words never written. Would that we Republicans stop forming circular firing squads; would that those with no hope for the nomination (Newt, Paul, Santorum) leave the race and endorse Mitt Romney.