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Noonan talks out of both sides of her mouth

Peggy Noonan on Clinton committing perjury in a civil suit (December 21, 1998):

The Democrats had long labeled the impeachment debate a distraction from the urgent business of a great nation. But the Republicans argued that the pursuit of justice is the business of a great nation. In winning this point, they caught the falling flag, producing a triumph for the rule of law, a reassertion of the belief that no man is above it, and a rebuke for an arrogance that had grown imperial.

Peggy Noonan on the Bush administration torturing and lying about it (April 19, 2009):

It’s hard for me to look at a great nation issuing these documents and sending them out to the world and thinking, ‘Oh, much good will come of that.’ Sometimes in life you want to keep walking… Some of life has to be mysterious.

I keep thinking about a satirical post I did a few weeks ago about how conservatives reject moral equivalency, therefore it is perfectly alright for them to do things for which they would condemn liberals. This seems to be another glaring example.

Or as Andrew Sullivan puts it “Faster, Peggy, faster“.



  1. Ahmet wrote:

    The real amazing thing is, she writes in The Wall Street Journal. That is, people take her seriously.

    Friday, April 24, 2009 at 2:20 pm | Permalink
  2. Sammy wrote:

    Frankly, this could be said about a number of Republicans AND Democrats. The left and the right are so busy working so damn hard to discredit the other party and/or cover their own asses that it’s hard for a moderate to find any safe haven.

    Friday, April 24, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Permalink
  3. Iron Knee wrote:

    I certainly don’t disagree with the assertion that democrats say things that are just as hypocritical as what Noonan said.

    But I don’t think the Democrats are working all that hard to discredit the Republicans. The Republicans seem to be doing a bang-up job of discrediting themselves, and don’t need much help.

    Friday, April 24, 2009 at 4:58 pm | Permalink
  4. Sammy wrote:

    Haha! Touche.

    Friday, April 24, 2009 at 6:04 pm | Permalink
  5. Donna wrote:

    Does Noonan ever visit this planet?

    Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 4:26 am | Permalink
  6. Ahmet wrote:

    If you look at the issue on a more macro-scale:
    The purpose of an argument should not be to try to win the debate.
    The purpose of an argument should be to try to find the truth. If I’m going to find the truth by loosing the debate, so be it!

    Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 2:05 am | Permalink