Per Jim Geraghty…
We learn that Peggy Noonan is at her heartfelt best, noting as she does — clearly, and not for the first time (though probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 4 or 5 times by now) — that this Obama fellow, despite his manufactured polish, his practiced speech, and his inflated credentials, may just prove ill-equipped to really lead effectively and handle the challenges facing the nation.
– Many of which wouldn’t be facing the nation in the first place had not ostentatiously cosmopolitan and “pragmatic” GOP pundits like the ubiquitous Peggy Noonan so disturbingly creamed over candidate Obama and his academic bona fides — which amounted to studies of critical race theory, race and law, the promotion of Marxism using the language of liberty as its camouflage, and mau-mauing the flak catchers, all of which requires nothing more than a willingness to parrot back leftist talking points to leftist professors looking to turn you into activist leftist foot soldiers and then, if you happen to have the right pedigree, perhaps even greater things.
Or, to put it another way, one of the women who helped guilt the American people into electing a transformative Marxist with a dubious background and no governing experience, a man who, after his drug-addled youth, hung out with domestic terrorists, academic (and activist) anti-Semites, and got his religious counsel from a man steeped in hatred of Whites and Jews, as head of the free world — while simultaneously sneering down her nose at figures like Sarah Palin, who has proven over the course of time to be every bit as prescient as Ms Noonan was bamboozed, hoodwinked, and gloriously conned — is now writing to tell us the President is not who he promised he’d be.
As if we haven’t been alive the last five years, or as if we were the ones whose snobbery and reflected egoism caused us to buy this charlatan’s obvious and vapid bullshit in the first place.
Sure, she seems to say. I maybe once very vocally believed in this sonorous-sounding, well-educated and Historic half black man, because to do so marked me as a post-partisan thinker, a wordly non-ideologue willing to embrace the completely transformative politics of the first post-partisan, post-racial President, the man who would slow the rise of the oceans and heal the country of all its accumulated psychic wounds by dint of having attended the right schools and being, as his Democratic colleagues reminded us, ever so clean and articulate! But heavens, if he hasn’t fucked things up! Have you all noticed? Because I’m beginning to, which means I must bring my insights to you — who likely aren’t as attuned to the pulse of America as am I.
I’m beginning to think — in all seriousness — that the GOP version of public sector unions is keeping alive and keeping protected the insular club of pundits that, for so much of their careers, are dazzlingly and consistently wrong about just about everything.
But then, I suppose the consistency and the familiarity that comes with keeping the same opinion-drivers in column inches is worth the disastrous misreadings of political moods and individual candidates.
Because of the pragmatism! And of course, the comity!