Peggy Noonan on Palin: “A real and present danger to the American left”

posted at 11:55 am on September 3, 2008 by Allahpundit

More than any other reason, this is why McCain is finished if he dumps her. The sentiment is palpable among our readers; the desperate viciousness of some of the attacks on her really admits no other conclusion. If it works and the left beats her at the polls, Republicans will mourn, but if McCain hands them her scalp, god help him.

Because she jumbles up so many cultural categories, because she is a feminist not in the Yale Gender Studies sense but the How Do I Reload This Thang way, because she is a woman who in style, history, moxie and femininity is exactly like a normal American feminist and not an Abstract Theory feminist; because she wears makeup and heels and eats mooseburgers and is Alaska Tough, as Time magazine put it; because she is conservative, and pro-2nd Amendment and pro-life; and because conservatives can smell this sort of thing — who is really one of them and who is not — and will fight to the death for one of their beleaguered own; because of all of this she is a real and present danger to the American left, and to a future Obama candidacy.

She could become a transformative political presence.

So they are going to have to kill her, and kill her quick.

And it’s going to be brutal. It’s already getting there…

I think the left will go hard on this: Fringe. Radical. What goes on in her church? Isn’t she extreme? Does she really think God wants a pipeline? What does Sarah Barracuda really mean? They’re going to try and make her strange, outré, oddball. And not in a good way.

In all this, and in its involvement in this week’s ritual humiliation of a 17-year-old girl, the mainstream press may seriously overplay its hand, and court a backlash that impacts the election. More on that in a moment.

Follow the link and read that “more in a moment” for yourself. Even by Noonan’s standards, it’s a dynamite piece. What are the odds of the press overplaying its hand? Reasonably good: See, e.g., Jonathan Martin’s piece at Politico blithely dismissing conservative critiques of the nastiness of the coverage as pro forma GOP demagoguery hardly worth taking seriously. Even better, see this canny Mark Halperin flowchart of why there’s suddenly such a feeding frenzy around the Barracuda. It’s incomplete — Patterico and Jessica’s Well can fill in some of the blanks — but otherwise right on target. Purely rhetorical exit question: Of the two tracks Halperin lays out, which do you suppose reporters themselves are more passionately invested in?

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I’m worried the MSM will continue to relentlessly attack her 17 year old pregnant daughter until she caves…

This is such a travesty and no truer reflection of the mindset of the radical left and/or the MSM. Hopefully, she bitch slaps the bastards tonight in her speech. I’m rooting for her like I’ve never rooted for any politician before in my lifetime. When I look at her, I see my wife, my family, and my way of life under direct attack.

Wyznowski on September 3, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Once you learn Dem-speak you can pretty well figure out what they are up to.

For example when they say “She has no experience.”, what they actually mean is “She has some actual political experience unlike my candidate who has a history of disqualifying opponents and running unopposed.”

Or when they say “Her selection was a desparate move for McCain.”, what they actually mean is “She is such an attractive and powerful new voice that we are desparate to submarine her in any way we can, rather than actually run against her.”

Needless to say, any indication of failing support on McCain’s part will cause the US banking system to melt down… imagine what would happen if 50 million dollars worth of checks to the same payee were simulateously hit with “stop payment” orders.

drunyan8315 on September 3, 2008 at 3:44 PM

Peggy nails it. You’re right, the whole piece was very well done.

Heck, I’d vote for Peggy if she ran. She’s tough as nails, too.

(Am I the only one who thinks that conservative chicks are just naturally sexy. Strength through rational thought is just such a turn on.)

PersonalLiberty on September 3, 2008 at 4:25 PM

Patterico link is no mas.

eforhan on September 3, 2008 at 4:36 PM

NEVER GIVE IN is the lesson we learned from Ross Perot. The left threatened to murder his daughter, he laughed at them, so they sent him pictures of an assassin on her front lawn looking in the window at her, and he withdrew from the race, got her security beefed up, then re-entered and lost. It was his temporary dropping out that cost him the election and his rejoining that cost Bush the elder his loss to Clinton, which lead to 9/11. NEVER STOP FIGHTING THE LEFT.

JustTruth101 on September 3, 2008 at 4:49 PM

Umm… Me guesses that Peggy’s entire column was political b*shit as well.

Illinidiva on September 3, 2008 at 5:02 PM

Sounds like Peggy is a bit two-faced.

Noonan, Murphy trash Palin on hot mike: ‘It’s over’
a segment with NBC’s Chuck Todd ended today, Republican consultant Mike Murphy and Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan were caught on a live mike ridiculing the choice of Sarah Palin.

“It’s over,” said Noonan, and then responded to a question of whether Palin is the most qualified Republican woman McCain could have chosen.

“The most qualified? No. I think they went for this — excuse me — political bullsh** about narratives,” she said. “Every time Republicans do that — because that’s not where they live and it’s not what they’re good at — they blow it.”

Murphy chimed in:

“The greatness of McCain is no cynicism, and this is cynical.”

Deanna on September 3, 2008 at 5:04 PM

Yep, she got caught on this one.

Typhonsentra on September 3, 2008 at 5:07 PM

Yep, she got caught on this one.

Typhonsentra on September 3, 2008 at 5:07 PM

If this Noonan ‘scandal’ really is how it sounds, then I have to wonder for her future career.

LimeyGeek on September 3, 2008 at 5:09 PM

Umm… Me guesses that Peggy’s entire column was political b*shit as well.

Illinidiva on September 3, 2008 at 5:02 PM

Ma’am, have you ever read Peggy Noonan’s columns before? It’s no secret that she’s on the right side of the aisle but she’ll call out those who’re off target regardless if right or left. She’s actually written an article in praise of Hillary (the horror!) earlier this year in fact.

If she was caught with an open mic and passed judgement on McCain’s selection, that’s unfortunate. This op-ed piece at seems to correct her tack. What she didn’t say is that she’d like to ‘cut his 8alls off’ with an open mic…that is much more damning no?

LimeyGeek on September 3, 2008 at 5:09 PM

She’s Peggy Noonan: she doesn’t walk on water, but she’ll get through a mis-step with some water on her feet and a slight tarnish on her halo!

Biffstir on September 3, 2008 at 6:07 PM

Peggy writes about this open mike stuff at the above link

Rod on September 3, 2008 at 7:43 PM