Saturday, July 11, 2009

Peggy Noonan in today's WSJ & the Palin factor


Forward-thinking Republicans will thank Peggy Noonan for explaining what too few of us have the courage to say - Sarah Palin, even with all her attributes, was one of the worst things that could have happened to our party, at about the worst possible time.

I can't match Ms. Noonan's eloquence, but I can identify with what she says in this piece entitled, "A Farewell to Harms" in which she pours some truth serum with signature wit.
Peggy Noonan, Wikipedia

If you are one of my five readers, you may recall when I just couldn't take Ms. Palin's performance any longer and comforted myself in this November 8, 2008 post. Yesterday morning, I called in to a local radio program to express similar Palin-related thoughts (Joy Cardin takes my call @ approximately 9 minutes and 42 seconds into the 8 AM program on this tape if you care to listen).

Look, I recognize and deplore the torrent of abuse leveled at Ms. Palin and her family by the Left, but we can't parade out unqualified national candidates and expect the jerks that take cheap shots to remain mute. We have to plan for the jerks using more knowledgeable, near bullet-proof candidates that can do more on the trail than just say the`right' things on cue. We need depth and agility.

I admire Ms. Palin a great deal, but she was hopelessly in over her head last year and GOP admirers who feel otherwise are either in denial, lack political judgment, or both. Yet, the Noonan piece is not a tired rant to criticize Ms. Palin's work. Read carefully and you'll see that she is describing what is needed to rebuild the GOP - and why.

So let's end on a hopeful note - shall we? Yes we can!

Think of the Gopher State with it's schizophrenic voting populous that can embarrass itself with an Al Franken (sorry, I cannot bring myself to insert the word "Senator" before his name yet) but also manage to install what may be our best chance for a 2012 run at the White House - Tim Pawlenty. There is hope.