Peggy Noonan Finally Wakes Up?

Peggy Noonan Finally Wakes Up?


Apparently, Republicans are waking up with a bad hangover from their “absolute power” bender and discovering that (shocker!) they don’t like Bush. Why? Because he’s not really a conservative.

From Noonan comes a requiem for a lame duck

This is two weeks ago, from a Bush appointee: “I hope they lose the House.” And one week ago, from a veteran of two GOP White Houses: “I hope they lose Congress.” Republicans this year don’t say “we” so much.

What is behind this? A lot of things, but here’s a central one: They want to fire Congress because they can’t fire President Bush. […]

They see Mr. Bush as careless, and on more than Iraq–careless with old alliances, disrespectful of the opinion of mankind. “He never listens,” an elected official who is a Bush supporter said with a shrug some months ago. Along the way the president’s men and women confused the necessary and legitimate disciplining of a coalition with weird and excessive attempts to silence Republican critics. They have lived in a closed system. They now want to open it but don’t know how. Listening is a habit; theirs has long been to suppress.

And I guess speaking out has been a habit that she suppressed as well. After all, nothing is scarier than a Democrat running the country. Not even whatever Bush is supposed to be, because, you know…he cuts taxes…

Peggy, if you thought Bush was changing conservative values too much…you should have stayed home in 2004. And you should have had the strength enough, as a conservative with a very public platform, to tells others. But you didn’t. Your kind failed our country when you had the opportunity to call this guy out on his consistent, intellectually dishonest BS.

Too little too late Peggy.

  • gerryf

    There were too few–too few–people from the right who were willing to put aside blind partisanship and see the current administration for what it is. There’s much to respect in the conservative ideology–but this group does not and has not represented it in anything other than lip service.

    The administration and many of the Republican leadership in the house and senate is more about power than politics.

    Probably the most startling big name Republican to come out against Bush in 2004 was John Eisenhower, son of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. It’s a shame that others didn’t heed is wisdom.

    Sadly, as we go down to the wire, we’re seeing more nonsense as “Republicans” ramp up the volume on idiotic issues like gay marriage, flag burning, bogus terrorism scare tactics, tax hike stupidity….you’d think people would be wise to it, but I can feel it working in the circles I frequent.

    I would not be surprised if the Dems failed at gaining control of either the house or senate….

  • Bob J Young

    Poor Peggy! There is nothing more pathetic that a sycophant who’s illusions have been shattered.

    But we have to remember what her job is. She is not on a quest for truth, she is on a quest for a paycheck. Now that it looks like the wind is blowing in a new direction, she will try to catch it. Like all the vacuous cable news talking heads, it is now stylish to be anti-bush.

    If she had started objecting before the polls started showing a republican melt down, I might have a little respect for her. But I’ll bet this has more to do with her approval rating than any great epiphany.

  • grognard

    One month after Bush was elected the Republicans ended the spending constraints that brought us a surplus. That surplus, followed by deficit spending, was used in key states to gain future election victories by bringing home the bacon. That act was completely against everything the contract with America stood for. In the euphoria after the election most conservatives did not say anything about this Rove inspired power play, as long as the Republicans won elections against the demonized Democrats they did not care. Conservatism became a cult of liberal bashing, not a political philosophy. Now they are saying they need to go back to their beliefs? The first step in this direction would be to cut out the AM demagogs and start talking about policy instead of liberals. Good luck.