It’s Sad When Columnists Go to Seed

| July 12, 2009 | Reply

I really don’t know what happened to Peggy Noonan, but she’s gone brain-soft in the last couple years. Perhaps she’s lost the heart for the fight or maybe she’s just decided that it’s more important for her to get along with her Washington/New York trendy liberal party friends these days, but it’s turned her column into an often inchoate pile of mush.

Doctor Zero, who has been using his platform at The Greenroom to write some incredibly good long pieces, teed up Noonan’s latest — a predictably snooty and inaccurate condemnation of the wussy-right’s favorite bogeywoman Sarah Palin — and smacked it 300 yards right down the middle of the fairway. Here is a particularly good bit:

Noonan is symptomatic of a defeated, collaborative wing of the GOP that wants nothing more than to be thought well of by the Left, which they believe has decisively won the political and cultural battles of the twentieth century. Their idea of a “conservative” is someone who can eke out a small discount on the price tag of mammoth liberal programs. Their goal in 2012 is to find a bland, pleasant, “moderate” Republican, who can win the approval of the media mullahs as a “serious candidate,” then lose gracefully and give America’s First Black President his second term. The idea of serious conservative reform terrifies them: radical overhaul of the tax system, dramatic reduction in the size of government, a system that compels Congress to live like humble servants of the people instead of Renaissance royalty… Who will throw those wonderful cocktail parties in Washington, if the conservatives burn half the city down? Who will tell Peggy bedtime stories of dashing social engineers with titanic government schemes? Where will she find hip, exciting statists she can celebrate with schoolgirl treacle, like this nonsense from her 2008 endorsement of Obama: “Something new is happening in America. It is the imminent arrival of a new liberal moment. History happens, it makes its turns, you hold on for dear life. Life moves.” She was on to something with that last bit. Obama has made a lot of American businesses think about moving.

Please read the whole thing. It is a choice takedown of a declining conservative who has yet to realize she should have retired months ago.

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