Skip to comments.Bookends (Peggy Noonan's Tour De Force On Why The Country Is Bullish On Bush Alert)
Posted on 08/10/2005 10:19:33 PM PDT by goldstategop
Mr. Bush as a person, as an individual, is as attractive to Republicans as he is unattractive to Democrats. Republicans like him because he seems like a normal guy--business, family, sports, Top 40 on the iPod. Democrats hate him for this--how common, how plebian; he'd have more elevated tastes if he were a more elevated man. Republicans like him for the one way in which he is obviously extraordinary: When he says it he means it, and if he promises it he'll do it. Democrats see this as evidence of derangement: He doesn't change his mind because he thinks he's God's other son, and in any case he can't think clearly enough to change his mind.
Democrats try to tag Mr. Bush as lazy, but that will never work. He seems like an activist who's actively engaged. Every time cable news does a "Bush Is on Vacation in Crawford" headline they're forced to follow it with a clip of the speech Mr. Bush just made. ....
But no one has ever laid a glove on Laura. It is as if she were born to be first lady--easygoing, gently humorous, demure, ladylike. It takes enormous reserves of emotional discipline to sustain graciousness, to do the job right, to so disarm the press with what must be called, vulgarly but inescapably, natural class.
She has never embarrassed our country. Of how many leaders or their spouses can that be said?
Well done. Well and amazingly done. Someone should do a monograph on what it is she did and how it is she did it. And it should of course be noted that she is another reason for her husband's popularity with his base, and outside of it, too.
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(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
Noonan really hit it out of the park with this, because there isn't any partisan smarm about it. If one really looks at Bush, his intellect, his decisions, his accomplishments in office, and then looks at how the media portray him, it's like they're covering some fictional creation and calling it Bush.
No Other President has ever had more people vote for him as President Bush did. The same could be said for John Kerry, but he lost and the Country is obviously divided and it was the Democrats who divided us, not President Bush. When Hillary wiggled her fat ass out on the Senate Floor with her copy of the NY Post that had the headline .. "Bush Knew" as she demanded to know what the President knew and when did he know it, the unity after the 9/11 attacks was gone for good and the politicization of our response to the most horrific attack on our Nation began.
BUMP for an excellent article by Ms. Noonan.
You are right Darkwolf, out of the park and beyond the parking lots!
That's the game. Recall their fictional Reagan -- the dimwitted warmonger who paled in comparison to the urbane, intelligent Gorbachev.
Meanwhile, the real Reagan had a photographic memory, wrote incisive essays, speeches and radio shows for years, then upon achieving the Presidency proceeded to do what his own aides thought impossible -- undermine and destroy the Soviet empire.
The leftists MSM also love Laura because they consider Laura as the 'voice of reason' in the Bush family. The reason? She hinted that she's a "pro-choice".
Bravo and ditto on Reagan. His detractors called him a 'dunderhead'. We should be so lucky that a man like that came along when he did. I am so thankful to have seen his presidency in my lifetime.
When the 9/11 commission releases its final report, odds are Hill won't be standing on the Senate Floor with a copy of the NYPost and the headline, "Clinton Knew And Did Nothing!"
Remember this line the next time we see a FReeper complaining why we haven't captured or killed Bin Laden.
I take Bush at his word...when he promises something he'll do it.
Well said, and so true!
"Democrat", the Party of Hate!
Most first ladies five years in have made themselves look foolish at some point, or have been made to look foolish. Jackie Kennedy was the focus of sniping over her taste for luxury and long vacations, and was not loved until she was a widow. Lady Bird Johnson, with her well meaning, slightly clueless earnestness, was regularly lampooned. I remember someone doing an imitation of her in which she took the stage and introduced "My two semi-beautiful daughters." No one much liked the tightly wound Rosalyn Carter, and no one much disliked her.Nancy Reagan was reviled as a Hollywood airhead until she was reviled as a secret Machiavellian. Hillary Clinton was hated in many corners, and not only because she chose to interpret her husband's election to the presidency as her elevation to a co-presidency. That was only part of it. When they made fun of her changing hairstyles it was because she seemed not to be in search of a good look but trying on new blond helmets in which to grimly wade forward like Brunhilde.
Yes, it's an extremely dangerous game, and if Noonan is correct (and I expect she is) about Mexican-Americans being just as angry as anybody else if a muzzie terrorist slips over the southern border and successfully attacks us, then WHY IN THE WORLD do Bush/Rove and politicians continue to play the Latino-voter game??
I truly don't understand this.
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