Peggy Noonan, Elitist Snob

by Sal on July 11, 2009

in Culture,Media,Politics

I used to be a big fan of Peggy Noonan.  I thought that her columns were thoughtful, eloquant, and had a way with the English language.  Her seeming understanding of the world and of Conservatism was always enjoyable, and I looked forward to her weekly columns.

All of that started to change after the 2004 election.  While still writing good columns, she seemed off her game.  As the 2008 campaign heated up last fall, she started to show tendencies of elitism, denigrating Sarah Palin and swooning over Barack Obama.  Now, in her latest column, she viciously attacks Sarah Palin, calling her a “very nice middle class girl with ambition”  who “wasn’t  thoughtful enough to know that she wasn’t thoughtful.”  Noonan goes on to claim that Palin was “not ready for national politics, and never would be.”

Noonan appears to know everything about Sarah Palin, and assumes from that fact that Palin is a bimbo with no brain.  Her article is dripping with condescension, and claims that Palin was a product of the Republican elite.  Rather, it is the Republican elite who is against her, and who thwarted her.  Many of her missteps during the campaign were due to mismanagement by the McCain campaign, a campaign that now viciously has turned on her.  Noonan’s condescension assumes that Palin is not fit for anything involving national politics, and that she is a dolt who will never be able to study up on national issues.

“Now she can prepare herself for higher office by studying up, reading in, boning up on the issues.” Mrs. Palin’s supporters have been ordering her to spend the next two years reflecting and pondering. But she is a ponder-free zone. She can memorize the names of the presidents of Pakistan, but she is not going to be able to know how to think about Pakistan. Why do her supporters not see this? Maybe they think “not thoughtful” is a working-class trope!

This nasty column is unbecoming of Ms. Noonan, and cements in my mind that she is an elitist snob.  One could easily argue that neither Barack Obama nor George W. Bush were “ponderers” as Noonan thinks the ideal president to be.  Noonan is forgetting that Conservatism and democracy envisions that normal people run our government, not an elitist, governing class.  To quote the late, great, William F. Buckley, Jr. (hardly a lightweight in the intellectual sphere), “I would rather be governed by the first 2000 people in the Boston phone book than the entire faculty of Harvard.”  Peggy would do well to learn this lesson, and realize that she is insulting the vast majority of hard-working Americans who see Palin as someone who can return the American form of government to “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

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KansasGirl July 11, 2009 at 8:16 pm

I concur!

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austin personal trainers July 11, 2009 at 9:33 pm

She is a condescending elitist snob. Her whole manner is disgusting.

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Claire Solt July 11, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Noonan, herself, is a fuzzy thinker.Sshe never quite knows what to say. If ever there was a has been, it is she.
Most of these pendits are angling for the job of coach/handler. They want to mould Sarah on their own image. At least, Noonan does not appear to want that job.
Let’s see. They have dubbed Barak as thoughtful, so Palin must not be. I guess you put together the biggest infrastructure project on a wink and a nod. sarc/

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Chris July 11, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Peggy Noonan’s fall from grace is very sad. Sarah Palin represents everything that Ronald Reagan, her mentor and the president for whom she was a speechwriter, stood for. The Upper West Side got the best of her…

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Titletown July 11, 2009 at 11:04 pm

It’s not just Noonan, it’s the entire Republican Party hierarchy and the beltway pundits who label themselves conservative. People like George Will, David Brooks, Kathleen Parker, etc are all part of the same Washington/New York sewer. Noonan is just a pet for liberals, denigrating Palin so she can keep her invite on the cocktail circuit. If Palin succeeds, Noonan will be out of a job because she wouldn’t be useful to the Left.

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Eugene O'Neill July 28, 2009 at 9:08 pm

I’m with ya brother, Peggy Noonan under the direction of the ‘Gipper” wrote some of the greatest speeches in history. I too was taken aback by her denigrating of Palin. You hit the nail on the head about the Republican elitists. I read an article in the -horribly liberal-Time magazine urging the Repubs to rethink their reaching out to the working class. Seems that was a waste of ink ,the party of Regan already had. Ronnie would be ashamed.

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