JD Calls Peggy Noonan a Nincompoop

My Dear Peg:

If I may be so forward to address you so. I read your book, When Character Was King, A Story of Ronald Reagan. I bought and read your book because Ronald Reagan was indeed a man of character. He was an example that all of us would do well to emulate. Including you. Except for having to endure your wistful fluttering leaf windswept landscape writing style it was an okay read. I do not seek out and read your commentaries. I deplore condescension and that is the voice in which your writing communicates with my mental ear. Your compositions are mostly filled elitist nincompoopery. I suppose you do write to your audience.

Have you read Reagan, In His Own Hand? Maybe you should get a copy and study it. It contains the messages he delivered that were written in his own hand. They were direct, plain and common sense messages. Many of them were the one-minute radio spots that he recorded in his run up to the Presidency. They were easily understood by the less sophisticated of us. Including me. Ronald Reagan connected with the average American, Peg. And he did it long before you crafted any of his speeches. It was not you and others like who made him who he was. It is most likely the transverse that is true.

Karl Rove told us there was a lesson to learn from Christine O’Donnell’s loss in the Delaware Senate race. I find myself agreeing with the hydrocephalic political pundit. But, I think the lesson learned is not the lesson that was on Karl’s mind. If you recall, Mr. Rove and his establishment Republican cohorts came out against O’Donnell from the beginning because she was not the establishment’s preferred candidate. Who cares that she was picked by the people. I have admired Mr. Rove’s political skills, but he is just another elitist. His life is the elitist sport of politics. He will not support the membership of a non-pedigreed upstart into his club. We saw this play out in Nevada, in Alaska and in Florida. Mr. Rove did not come right out and call Miss O’Donnell ignorant and a nincompoop as you did Sarah Palin, which is probably the kindest assessment you have made of her, but his message is the same as yours.

In television interviews she was out of her depth in a shallow pool. She was limited in her ability to explain and defend her positions, and sometimes in knowing them. She couldn’t say what she read because she didn’t read anything. She was utterly unconcerned by all this and seemed in fact rather proud of it: It was evidence of her authenticity. She experienced criticism as both partisan and cruel because she could see no truth in any of it. She wasn’t thoughtful enough to know she wasn’t thoughtful enough. – Peggy Noonan on Sarah Palin

We hear what you are saying out here Peg. You, Mrs. Palin, are just not well-heeled enough to be one of us. We prefer a more sophisticated class. Our liberal education system has made a valiant effort to end it, but we remain a relatively literate country. We can think too. When someone we like and view as one of ours is constantly pummeled by the likes of you and our Karl Roves, we grow weary. If Ronald Reagan was beginning his run today, you and Karl would have the same things to say about him. Admit it.

Instead of the tea party, you prefer the cocktail party Peg. It is a party where snobassity abounds. It is full of John Kerry types and editorialists peering down their noses at the great unwashed mass of humanity that comprises most of America. In that setting you are able to bask in your own brilliance. It is where pontification has a higher standing than actual accomplishment. Take a look around you and see who stands in that room with you. We are seeking substance out here Peg. Where is it in your party? We have grown tired of people who have never lived it telling us how to live it.

I do agree with one comment about Ronald Reagan in your nincompoop article:

He was a great man and you are a nincompoop.

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