Saturday, June 11, 2005

Classic Peggy Noonan

Not only does Peggy Noonan write beautifully, but she always seems to have her finger on the pulse of America. In last Thursday's Wall Street Journal-Opinion Journal she opens her essay by describing how Americans, who are of various political stripes, for the most part behave cordially to each other. She talks about how many Democrats and Republicans are friends, who participate together in Little League, school meetings, church etc. She describes this reality to contrast it with the outrageous behavior of a couple of leading Democrats; namely Hillary Clinton and Howard Dean. Take a look at the ficticious scenario she describes to further cement her point:
President Bush is introduced at a great gathering in Topeka, Kan. It is the evening of June 9, 2005. Ruffles and flourishes, ' Hail to the Chief,' hearty applause from a packed ballroom. Mr. Bush walks to the podium and delivers the following address.

Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. I want to speak this evening about how I see the political landscape. Let me jump right in. The struggle between the Republican Party and the Democartic Party is a struggle between good and evil--and we're the good. I hate Democrats. Let's face it, they have never made an honest living in their lives. Who are they, really, but people who are intent on abusing power, destroying the United States Senate and undermining our Constitution? They have no shame. But why would they? They have never been acquainted with the truth. You ever been to a Democratic fundraiser? They all look the same. They all behave the same. They have a dictatorship, and suffer from zeal so extreme they think they have a direct line to heaven. But what would you expect when you have a far left extremist base? We cannot afford more of their leadership. I call on you to help me defeat them!
Of course, the words being spoken by President Bush in this mock speech are actually the recent combined words of Senator Hillary Clinton and Howard Dean after you change "left" and "right" as well as "Democrat" and "Republican". Peggy goes on to conclude that the behavior of these two leading Democrats is beneath high political office and that they will ultimately be rejected by the American people. From her lips to God's ears.