If he’s lost Peggy Noonan, he’s lost the squish Republicans. He being Obama. Squish Republicans being a not-quite-nice way of saying RINO, Republican in Name Only.
Look, let’s be clear: Peggy Noonan is a smart, refined, country-club Republican. The kind who likely adored George H. W. Bush, and thought his son Dubya too much of a cowboy. She is, at least to me, the embodiment of an Inside-the-Beltway, establishment Republican.
She is a squish, because she was unable to see through Obama’s mask. The mask that attempted to hide his radical past and associations over decades. Associations that would have rendered him unfit to get a security clearance in my old agency. But Peggy saw incipient greatness.
A kind way to phrase Noonan’s infatuation with Obama? She made an unforced error, as we all do from time to time. But time heals all wounds, and Peggy Noonan has awakened from her-Obama-poppy induced spell.
In today’s column, she is well aware of the zero that is Obama’s presidency. Actually, worse than zero. His policies have hurt the nation, digging a huge deficit and spending hole that may become too deep to recover from if he is reelected.
As always, Noonan’s got the gift of the silver pen. Here’s her case for defeating Obama this time around:
Maybe the 2012 election is simpler than we think.
It will be about Mr. Obama.
Did you like the past four years? Good, you can get four more.
Do the president and his people strike you as competent? If so, you can renew his contract, and he will renew theirs.
If you don’t want to rehire him, you will look at the other guy. Does he strike you as credible, a possible president? Then you can hire him.
Republicans should cheer up.
Cheer up; it’s certainly possible to defeat Obama with Mitt Romney. It’s hardly certain, however. Republicans: cheer up, and redouble our efforts. The nation needs to be rid of the charlatan Obama.