Monday, October 20, 2008

Another One Jumps Ship

Well, it's not as though Peggy Noonan's going to vote for Obama, but she feels free to criticize her party's choice. And I do admire her ending.
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.

I gather this week from conservative publications that those whose thoughts lead them to criticism in this area are to be shunned, and accused of the lowest motives. In one now-famous case, Christopher Buckley was shooed from the great magazine his father invented. In all this, the conservative intelligentsia are doing what they have done for five years. They bitterly attacked those who came to stand against the Bush administration. This was destructive. If they had stood for conservative principle and the full expression of views, instead of attempting to silence those who opposed mere party, their movement, and the party, would be in a better, and healthier, position.

At any rate, come and get me, copper.


Anonymous said...

But the best part is to read the reader comments at the bottom of the Noonan piece. If you wonder who the 'other half' is, read them -- and weep.

KAZ said...

Oh, ick. It's absolutely true--we once feared Reagan Republicans, but they were mild and reasonable compared to the New GOP. I'm actually a bit sorry for Noonan et. al--although there's a part of me that thinks they asked for it by pandering to people they wouldn't have let shine their shoes in real life. Nelson Rockefeller must be spinning in his grave.

DZ said...

Even the perky and always wrong Kathleen Parker has advised the party to dump Palin -- and apparently has received death threats as a result! Nice folks, those "real" Americans.