Peggy Noonan: Who Are The Right Wing Nut Jobs?–UPDATED

October 17, 2008 / 5:58 pm • By Dr. Melissa Clouthier

So the Republican party today is “vulgar” according to Peggy Noonan:

In the end the Palin candidacy is a symptom and expression of a new vulgarization in American politics. It’s no good, not for conservatism and not for the country. And yes, it is a mark against John McCain, against his judgment and idealism.

When Peggy Noonan says that the conservative movement left her thus forcing her to vote for a leftist, if not socialist, this election, it made me wonder: Who are the vulgar Right Wing Nut Jobs that have taken over the party that I hear so much about? I’d really like to know.

Are church going folk Right Wing Nut Jobs?

Are those who believe abortion is wrong Right Wing Nut Jobs?

Are low income people who vote Republican because they believe in personal responsibility Right Wing Nut Jobs?

Are business owners who believe that punitive taxation is wrong Right Wing Nut Jobs?

Are Rush Limbaugh’s 15 million listeners Right Wing Nut Jobs?

Are FOX viewers Right Wing Nut Jobs?

Are women who give birth Right Wing Nut Jobs?

Are people who attend state school as opposed to Harvard or Princeton Right Wing Nut Jobs?

Are Wal-Mart shoppers Right Wing Nut Jobs?

Are people who get married Right Wing Nut Jobs?

Are people who work overtime to have enough money for their kid’s band camp Right Wing Nut Jobs?

Are people who read the Wall Street Journal as opposed the New York Times Right Wing Nut Jobs?

Are people who join the military Right Wing Nut Jobs?

Are people who work hard, go home to their families, and drink a beer with their burger Right Wing Nut Jobs?

Exactly, who, I’d like to know, are the knuckle-dragging weirdos who have thrown the conservative movement into anti-intellectual oblivion?

Surely Noonan must be joking about John McCain being vulgar. John McCain is as establishment, blue-blood Republican as they get. Sure, he’s got the crotchety temperament and he’s not eloquent. But he’s not exactly averse to state-mandated solutions. He is the guy who works across the aisle, remember? Fiscal conservatives and social conservatives have fretted over McCain’s squishiness when it comes to solid conservative beliefs. And Noonan fears he’s too conservative? How much more conservative can one be without being an actual Democrat?

McCain has had a hard time taking it to Obama rhetorically because either 1) he’s not so far away from Obama ideologically or 2) he’s too used to playing patty-cake with the opposition–often working those in his own party over. Maybe the treatment McCain has received by the press and the Dems revealed his true friends. It hasn’t been the left that’s been loving, that’s for sure.

Ms. Noonan, on the other hand, seems to be hedging her bets. She sees an Obama future and fears being on the wrong side of history. Or maybe, she’s just a big snob and choosing a president who is articulate and can turn a phrase ala Reagan matters more to her than the fact that she’d be voting for a socialist with soaring rhetoric.

If an intellectual such as Ms. Noonan can be swayed by the hope and changiness, then it proves my point. Most of the smarty-pants set ain’t too smart.

And I’d like Peggy Noonan and Christopher Buckley and the rest of the establishment elites tell me who qualifies as a Right Wing Nut Job. How have they changed the party into something you people don’t recognize? Because from where I sit, the Republican party has been hijacked alright, but it has been by people who have left everything it means to be a conservative behind.

Congress in Republican control spent like thieves. The last two years under the Democrats have been worse. And it is only the fact that Democrats are worse than Republicans that have many conservatives AND swing voters by the way, holding their noses and voting for McCain.

So Ms. Noonan, since she’s the writer and seems to be representing the snob-class within the Republican establishment, can share her thoughts. No sweeping generalizations, Ms. Noonan. I want specifics. Who are the Right Wing Nut Jobs and what specifically have they done to the party, because I’m not seeing it. I’m seeing a woman who is sick to death of a leader who cannot artfully turn a phrase and who doesn’t articulate the conservative position well. Well, tough nuts, woman. You need to butch up and deal with it. I’d like the conservative movement to have its version of Barack Obama, but we don’t. We have John McCain. He at least has some substance and it’s better stuff than what makes Barack Obama.

I’m sorry that the McCain=Palin ticket offends Ms. Noonan’s sensibilities. Four years of Barack Obama would be far more odious, but maybe the Republican insiders need to experience it to understand it. But at least they’ll be popular with the cocktail hostesses.

UPDATED:

Just as I wonder if Jesus would be welcome to most churches today, I wonder if Ronald Reagan would be welcome at one of Peggy Noonan’s tea parties.

Cross-posted at Right Wing News

  • I can’t believe Noonan is saying it’s the party’s fault for leaving her. Well, actually I can but it’s sad.

    The conservatives in Washington have lost their way. They need to be reminded how Ronald Reagan would feel about Obama and his ‘spreading the wealth around’. He’d be appalled.

    Perhaps it’s time to form a third part – a true conservative party.

    cjh

  • “John McCain is as establishment, blue-blood Republican as they get.”

    Hardly. When I listened to the last debate, what I heard was a Communist trying to sound Moderate, and a Liberal trying to sound Republican. John McCain isn’t a whole lot more Republican than Hillary Clinton.

    Nothing deters violent crime as effectively as the posibility of getting shot by your intended victim. Nothing. http://www.chl-tx.com

  • Bruce J

    It’s so sad to see Peggy buying into every silly news report that shills for the Obama line that there is all this “hate-mongering” going on at the rallies. She probably even believed the “kill him” claim that has now been debunked (and even if true would have happened some time before Palin ever showed up!)

    I suspect the main thing that is happening with her at the moment is similar to what I’ve seen in some of my friends who are expecting to vote for Obama. They know, at least unconsciously, how wrong and unjustified it is.

    So they have to set about grabbing hold of any justification that comes along. The latest is uncritically accepting Obama whining about “hate speech”…. without bothering to check out the specific claims, much less to look into a whole lo of REALLY hateful behavior on the left! (I don’t even really have to read up on what the media & O-campaign are saying, because I can be confident these folks will parrot it within a few days.)

  • Glynn W.

    Good Doctor, we go way back . . . but surely you know the reason why I love your blog so much is that you are a “right-wing nut job”?

    Surely, you know that already? So mark yourself “Exhibit One”.

    What’s interesting is how the Republican establishment is already beating a path to the exit of your Palin / McCain debacle, yet you true believers seem doomed to go down with the ship. The McCain / Palin campaign is ridiculous, as is the whole Republican edifice. Yet here you cling to this hot wretched mess.

    The Bushies are spraying urine in your eye. And you take it.

    I ran down a staggering list of GOP deserters on your site the other day (everyone prominent except the crazy twins Malkin and Cloulter) – yet there is no such exodus on the Obama side.

    Telling, isn’t it?

    (Ooooooooh, and it appears the Big Dog, Colin Powell himself, Uncle Tom to the Bush clan, might have a few words this Sunday.) Finally, the country is seizing itself back from the nut-jobs. Good riddance.

    Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, we may be free at last. . .

  • It takes a lot of courage to go against the political beliefs of your social & professional circle. I don’t know about Noonan in particular, but it’s likely that a lot of defections are motivated by an unwillingness to take a stand which is unpopular among those whose opinion counts.

  • rcocean

    Great post.

    I think this is really the opening shot in “Who lost the Presidency 2008”. The Elite conservatives and blue bloods wanted McCain and are now going to blame Palin for the upcoming defeat. The RINO’s also fear she is a Reagan conservative who will contest for the nomination for 2012.

    Noonan started her career writing for Dan Rather and now writes for the Elite Wall Street Journal. She has lived her whole life in NYC and DC. She wrote for Reagan but she’s no Reagan Conservative.

  • Trish

    Sounds like Noonan wants Republicans to be the elitist snobs they’ve always been accused of being.

    I think she’s taking her lace-curtain heritage a little too seriously.

  • Excellent post, Dr.! I have been a life-long Republican. First time I voted was for George Deukmejian. So, I have been a racist from the get-go (just kidding). But this battle has gone on for as long as I have been a Republican. The problem is that people like Miss Noonan and the think-tank conservatives is that they are driving themselves into inrrelavance. I mean, does anyone really take Pat Buchannan seriously? Well, PMSNBC does. He is the house conservative. I think Joe Scarborough is going to leave after the convention. Anyway, the irony is that Miss Noonan has been living off the Reagan legacy. In her efette, elite world, Ronald Reagan, graduate of Eureka College with a degree in economics, would not be welcomed in her GOP. Sad, so sad.

  • Ronsonic

    You have to wonder what Noonan would have thought of Reagan had he been tapped for VP by Nixon in 1968. Instead Ronald Reagan spent another ten years preparing to become Peggy’s hero. Sarah Palin didn’t get those ten years. Not her fault.

    I wonder how these beltway-cons are going to take to Bobby Jindal?

  • mer

    “It takes a lot of courage to go against the political beliefs of your social & professional circle.”

    David, no it does not. It is called “being able to think for yourself”. Saying “I can’t vote differently than my friends” is a cop out, it indicates a lack of moral fiber, a lack of spine, a lack of conviction, a lack of the ability to think. Lemmings blindly follow, man (as in human beings) has the God given ability to think rationally, so why not use it once in awhile? Putting it bluntly, I only care what God, my wife, my mother and my father think about me and my actions. Anyone else, just really doesn’t matter to me.

    Now, if one analyzes the data and comes to a conclusion that has them vote the same way as others, is a different thing. At least you (I don’t mean you specifically) thought about things.

  • Mer..very good, but it *does* require courage to go against the opinions of the majority–how much courage is required depends on the individual situation.

    If you’re a Hollywood actor or screenwriter, and the cost of publicly supporting McCain is serious damage to your career, a fairly high level of courage is required. If you’re a tenured professor of literature at a typical university, some courage is required, but not as much as in the first situation.

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  • rcocean

    Funny how the Pat haters have to attack him no matter what the subject. Buchanan has been incredibly supportive of Palin. He is the exact opposite of Brooks/Kristol/Frum/Will/Barnes who are only talked about because the Liberals and Rupert Murdoch give them high profile gigs.

    He is despised by DC/NYT elite even though he was responsible for making Noonan a prominent speech writer under Reagan. BTW, he also gave Mona Charen a job – of course she repaid by favor by calling him an anti-semite in 1992. Just one reason why Al Hunt and Mark Shields couldn’t stand her.

  • mer

    David, I understand, but I still say it’s not “courage”. Hollywood: it’s self preservation, not courage. Anyway, I was taught to stand up for what I believe in, yes, sometimes the consequences are harsh, but it all works out in the end.

  • Bruce J

    Paul Mirengoff at Powerline, who himself has been critical of the selection of Palin (and still is), has a solid critique of Noonan’s latest, demonstrating how unsubstantiated many of her claims are. Check out his post, “Getting Palin wrong coming and going”
    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2008/10/021806.php

  • no-doz

    Are church going folk Right Wing Nut Jobs?

    Are those who believe abortion is wrong Right Wing Nut Jobs?

    Are low income people who vote Republican because they believe in personal responsibility Right Wing Nut Jobs?

    Are business owners who believe that punitive taxation is wrong Right Wing Nut Jobs?

    Are Rush Limbaugh’s 15 million listeners Right Wing Nut Jobs?

    Are FOX viewers Right Wing Nut Jobs?

    Are women who give birth Right Wing Nut Jobs?

    Are people who attend state school as opposed to Harvard or Princeton Right Wing Nut Jobs?

    Are Wal-Mart shoppers Right Wing Nut Jobs?

    Are people who get married Right Wing Nut Jobs?

    Are people who work overtime to have enough money for their kid’s band camp Right Wing Nut Jobs?

    Are people who read the Wall Street Journal as opposed the New York Times Right Wing Nut Jobs?

    Are people who join the military Right Wing Nut Jobs?

    Are people who work hard, go home to their families, and drink a beer with their burger Right Wing Nut Jobs?

    So was chiropractor school this easy? The answer to numbers five and six is yes; the answer to the rest is no and that’s why most of ’em are voting Democrat this time. We’ve all had it with Republicans who pose the questions above as so many straw men trying to prove a – false – point. But nice job at playing your usual divisive card.

  • For RCOcean. What I mean about Pat Buchannan is that he is a lot like Miss. Noonan. Old school. He, and her, are past their prime. And, in 1992, I VOTED for Pat against G.H.W. Bush in the California GOP primary. I think that there is a generational crack showing in all of this. But, one thing is at least conservatives debate. It is absolutly amazing how there is no dissent on the left regarding The One and his policies and where they would take the United States.

  • rcocean

    Mark G. I agree we don’t need to march in lockstep like the Left. But…

    We can disagree on policy and how to implement conservatism – but we don’t need personal attacks on other conservatives. The liberals do that 24/7. If I want to read about how terrible Palin is, why read Parker or Noonan? She’s attacked every day in the NYT & on CBCABCNBCPBSNPRMSNBCCNN.

    Noonan doesn’t have a policy disagreement with Palin she’s just joining the liberals in attacking her on a personal basis.

  • Mr. Chuckles

    Mark,

    You are so off the mark it isn’t funny. There are many on the left who disagree with “the one” and several of his proposed policies. I for one am not happy that he is the dem choice this fall, as are many other “lefties”. He is too far removed from the center for my taste, but he will be the lesser of two evils as far as I’m concerned. You should refrain from making blanket statements – you just look foolish.

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