Peggy Noonan had one of her best-ever op-eds this week, analyizing Tuesday’s election. It contains more highly perceptive analysis in a short space than I’ve seen do in a long time.
Ms. Noonan, a former Reagan speechwriter, supported Mr. Obama in 2008. Clearly, she has soured on the President:
On to the aftermath of the election. On Wednesday, President Obama gave a news conference to share his thoughts. Viewers would have found it disappointing if there had been any viewers. The president is speaking, in effect, to an empty room. From my notes five minutes in: “This wet blanket, this occupier of the least interesting corner of the faculty lounge, this joy-free zone, this inert gas.” By the end I was certain he will never produce a successful stimulus because he is a human depression.
Actually I thought the worst thing you can say about a president: He won’t even make a good former president.
His detachment is so great, it is even from himself.
She’s also no fan of Sarah Palin, indirectly calling her a “nincompoop”.
Near the end of the article, Ms. Noonan makes a point that many of us — but, strangely, not she — argued in 2008:
Here is an old tradition badly in need of return: You have to earn your way into politics. You should go have a life, build a string of accomplishments, then enter public service. And you need actual talent: You have to be able to bring people in and along. You can’t just bully them, you can’t just assert and taunt, you have to be able to persuade.