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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Peggy Noonan Surrender Brigade marches on



For decades, the Wall Street Journal's opinion section has preached against the evils of liberalism on the Supreme Court. Flipping the court conservative was a priority -- until this week when Republicans finally got the chance.

The Journal rolled out Peggy Noonan to make the pitch for letting Democrats pick the successor to Justice Ginsburg, instead of a Republican president and a Republican Senate.

The editors should now go through their online library of editorials on the court and attach a Just Kidding note to each one.

Noonan wrote, "Hold off, lower the temperature. It was Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat, held for 27 years by a liberal icon of the court. In a great and varied nation of 330 million people some tact is in order, some give, some deference to what is important to others. We won’t survive otherwise. The presidential election is in a matter of weeks. The kind of judge Donald Trump and Joe Biden would choose will be very different, we all know this. Let the people decide, and accept outcomes.

"A Trump Republican might say, 'The other side would never do that for us!' That is completely true. But someone’s got to think about the larger project, which is trying to keep the country together when a million forces are tearing it apart.

"So we’re about to have — in the middle of a pandemic, an unprecedented economic emergency, a new and enduring wave of racial division, and a distinctively passionate presidential election featuring an incumbent who won’t even say he will accept the final result — a new layer of turmoil, the confirmation of a new Supreme Court justice.

"And it will be ugly."

Where to begin?

The people already decided in 2014, 2016, and 2018, when they elected a Republican Senate and a Republican president.

And really she wrote Trump Republican? There is no other kind of Republican. Donald John Trump is the leader and the heart and soul of the Republican Party. As president he has done every thing Noonan SAID we should do. 

He cut taxes.

He cut regulations.

He built a wall. Well the most necessary 450 miles of it despite almost zero funding from Congress.

He appointed 53 conservative appellate judges.

He moved the embassy to Jerusalem.

He replaced NAFTA and made new trade deals.

Those are just some of the things he did that Noonan SAID we should do.

I don't like calling Noonan a liar, but she and her cronies are just that. Liars. They were as sincere as a snake when they said those things, because if they meant them, they would support President Trump emphatically.

Now then, what is this nonsense about conservatives having to concede this justiceship in some sort of overture to a Democrat Party that has refused for 4 years to give President Trump the peaceful transition of power he earned. 

Her plea to appease the barbarians for destroying our cities is rewarding what should be punished. The old axiom was never negotiate with terrorists. She is willing to have you give everything they demand. Well, technically that is not a negotiation.

The confirmation hearings will be ugly? 

The way to answer that threat from Democrats is to say bring it on.

Noonan ended her column with advice for Democrats: "But Democrats shouldn’t overplay their hand. People of Praise isn’t a strange radical group, it’s ardent Catholics being Catholic, American Christians trying to be Christian. Questioning with a hostile, aggressive or accusatory inflection may please and excite those who are alienated by or unknowing of religious life in America. Will it please anyone else? It might more likely produce a Kavanaugh-like disaster for the Democrats, perhaps even for some of their media handmaids."

The Queen of Media Handmaids has spoken.

55 comments:

  1. Once again, Thanks Don for paying attention to this tripe so that I don't have to. Four more years and we'll be able prove just how obsolete, irrelevant, and unheeded the beltway punditocracy is--"consigned to the dust-bin of history" as they're so fond of saying.

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    1. Agreed. I thought my opinion of PN couldn't get any more negative. Natureally, she got out of bed and proved me wrong. She is thoroughly insane.

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    2. There are so many things wrong with her column. But I'll not just two. 1) she says: "Let the people decide and accept outcomes. Well the people HAVE decided. And it seems that only Trump has accepted the outcome. Not Noonan, and not the Dems. The people elected Trump and gave Reps the majority in the Senate. They people gave Trump, not Biden, the right duty to nominate a SC vacancy when it came up. And it gave the Reps in the Senate to right to confirm his nominee. Why won't Noonan accept that? Why won't the Dems accept that?

      2) She says: ""So we’re about to have — in the middle of a pandemic, an unprecedented economic emergency, a new and enduring wave of racial division...". But it's the Dems, not Trump who are instigating the enduring waves of racial division. And it will get worse under Biden. So, why is she all for increasing racial division?

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  2. STFU Noonan and retire. We do not believe a word you write.

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  3. I about vomited reading her words. Thankfully, I didn’t have to read her entire article.

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  4. I used to read the WSJ op-ed section as it was one of the few conservative ones. I don’t anymore

    Thank you for reminding me why. This has to be one of the most godawful opinions ever.

    When given a chance to finally get a Supreme Court that upholds the law - Peggy noonan tries to convince victory is not what we wanted.

    Until now, “Noonan” was a phrase taken from Caddyshack character Danny Noonan meant to distract your foe.

    Peggy apparently wants to have her own last name be what people think of. Fine, let’s give it to her.

    To “Noonan” means to surrender when threatened with the prospect of victory.

    Don’t Noonan, me, Republicans. Fill the seat.

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    1. Noonan is both a Quisling and a Neville Chamberlain. I quit paying attention to anything she says years ago.

      Bob in MA

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  5. The godless once again show that they refuse to have the Godly on the courts if they can help it. Too bad this time unless the Republicans cave again. And again. And again. And again.

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  6. When Ms. Peggy says "tact" and "deference are in order" or "we won't survive." I'm pretty sure she means the Democrats and her self important friends in fake media. Well, I say AMEN to that.

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  7. The WSJ editorial board is as strong as ever. The great thing about their opinion pages is that they will print opposing viewpoints unlike the NYT. A column from Ted Rall was printed earlier this week. I don’t agree with Peggy Noonan very often and I don’t agree with her this time but I don’t condemn the editorial board for it.

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  8. Her ever so gracious advice for the dems..."shouldn't overplay their hand" doesn't seem to make any sense. I don't believe the dems have mistaken confidence. They have hatred and desperation. Noonan's kind of friends, evidently.

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    1. She's Neville Noonan Chamberlain, convinced that if we play nice with Hitler, he'll play nice with us (recommended: Leonard Mosley's "On Borrowed Time").

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  9. I saw Cheap Trick live five years ago. Those old guys still sounded great, and they wisely played a set made of mostly their best, i.e, late 70's, material.

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    1. One of only a small handful of bands that mattered in my college years (76-80). Fully agree.

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    2. We didn't know that we were living in a golden age of music. I've spent the past 30 years of my life listening to music from the first 30.

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  10. Big D, I would have gone with Elvis Costello’s “No Action” off what I think is his best album, This Year’s Model...she, like Declan McManus, started original and fresh - with an EDGE - and then let the critical praise go to her head. Sad, but predictable. Anyways:

    I don't wanna kiss you
    I don't wanna touch
    I don't wanna see you
    'Cause I don't miss you that much
    I’m not a telephone junkie
    I told you that we’d just be friends
    But when I hold you like I hold
    That Bakelite in my handsThere's no action
    There's no action
    There's no action
    And ev'ry time I phone you
    I just wanna put you down

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  11. The old republican party in a sense of fairness would willingly concede to a liberal justice. They loved being the minority opposition party. They didn't want the responsibility of managing the government.
    "...a million forces are tearing it apart." A problem quickly solved with live ammo.

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  12. When are going to add the twitter button?

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    1. When is WHO going to add a twitter button to WHAT?

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    2. If you're wondering how to share Don's post, look above: just at the end of the column, just underneath "Posted by @DonSurber at..." you will find the tiny row of share buttons.

      Twitter is the "t" in the middle.

      You're quite welcome!

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  13. I wrote Peggy off in 2008, when she was all in for Obama and scorned Sarah Palin. That told me who and what she was. She's been dead to me since.

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    1. Sarah Palin is hinting she'll run for the Senate, primarying Murkowski. I hope she does and wins.

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    2. Same. And I hope that Palin does exactly that.

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    3. Yes 2008 was enlightening as to the uniparty. Sarah Palin took on the establishment in AK, they did not want her in DC. I was not initially onboard the Trump train in 2016. Sarah’s early endorsement got my attention, and then a conversation with my old boss/good friend sealed the deal. It would be great to see her in the Senate, and more liberal heads explode.

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    4. I turned my back on her when I found out that SHE was the one who kept deleting the "tear down that wall" section from Reagan's speech and passive-aggressively insisted that R.R. was wrong to keep inserting it back, (b/c ‘it is completely ill conceived’).

      To so strongly insist that her judgement was better than Reagan told me all I needed to know about her and shed light on peculiarities that had popped-up in her writing previously.

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  14. letting Democrats pick the successor to Justice Ginsburg, instead of a Republican president and a Republican Senate.

    And exactly how many times did the demos do the samer for the Rs?

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  15. It wasn't Ginsburg's seat, any more than a seat on a bus is mine. She just filled it for a while. Now she's reached her stop and she's gotten off. The seat is just vacant.

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    1. The very assumption that a seat belongs to any one group is the guiding principle of the whites who made blacks ride in the back of the bus.

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    2. The very assumption that a seat belongs to any one group is the guiding principle of the DEMOCRATS who made blacks ride in the back of the bus. Fify

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    3. ...I don't think I've ever read a more cogent description. That explanation can be explained as easily to a Rhodes scholar down to an elementary school student, with the same clarity. Except, to remove the snowflake reaction, let's just say a seat on a train. ZB

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  16. Consider the left/right continuum as a yardstick, 0 is full left, center is 18 and full right at 36. The Dems always start at 0. The Establishment Repubs (let’s call them “Noonans”) start between 18-20 and quickly compromise around 10, so we’re always moving left. Trump comes along, starts in the 30s and makes a deal in the 20s, first time in my lifetime there has been actually policy progress to the right. I changed my voter registration from R to Libertarian late in the Reagan administration since even he just managed to slow the leftward march somewhat. If I thought the leadership of the Republicans actually embraced Trumpism i might change back to R. But unfortunately I think they are happy to ride the Trump train while it keeps them in power, but underneath they are still Noonans.

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    1. Trump is Bill Clinton, you understand this right? Trump represents a march to the left for the republican party. He is pro-working class, wants closed borders, no more h1b's etc. Republicans are anti-American working class open border globalists who had their party taken away from them by Trump.

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  17. She's slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the facelift of Nancy.

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    1. Hahahaha! AFA grad likin the groove, brother...

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  18. The best advice to Democrats is to be calm, polite and reasonable during the judicial hearing. Nothing is going to stop the nomination going through, so they may as well try to recover some semblance of dignity and honor in the eyes of the wavering voter.

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  19. Ms. Noonan's narrative is the Washington Swamp (a/k/a media types, TV and digital; D.C. Pols and their toadies, etc.). They all live in a American dystopic World, where they decide how the rest of us shall live, not by the U.S. Constitution where the sitting President nominates a S..C. Judge, but a D.C. cocktail society deem who is to have say abiding by the 'wishes' not law of a S.C. successor.
    Obama had his chance in 2016, and could've embarked on a Media blitz to get his judge through, but he hung back and gave the 2016 election year platform to Hillary Clinton, whom He and the Dems were still intimidated by she and Bill's influence; until Trump Trump punched a hole in its side, by saying out loud what Dems for 24 years never did; that Bill was an abuser of women, and his wife abused those same women by pressuring them to be silent (remember Trump parading those victims to the TV cameras to finally give them voice, and the seating of them at the 1st debate with Hillary...Trump genius!). ZB

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  20. Noonan is pretty much hated by most WSJ subscribers, and with good reason. A less obvious but perhaps more dangerous problem the readership faces is increasing censorship by WSJ “moderators.” The other day I had four comments disappeared because I uttered the word Soros in context of rioting.

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  21. Noonan is pretty much hated by most WSJ subscribers, and with good reason. A less obvious but perhaps more dangerous problem the readership faces is increasing censorship by WSJ “moderators.” People post conservative opinions that get removed for violating the standards — I had 4 posts removed in one day Because I mentioned the word George Soros in the context of rioting. The paper has value these days Mostly because of the commentary it, and they’re losing the good ones rapidly.

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  22. Noonan is just another quisling, willing to sell out our Country. The fact is Obama replaced two moderate Justices, David Souter and John Paul Stevens with two far left SJW's. Having another Conservative on the Supremes will still be a 5-4 liberal as Roberts votes with the left on most important cases. The rest is just claptrap. The President has the authority and duty to nominate Judges to fill vacancies on the Supreme court. The Senate has the right and authority to advise and consent.

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  23. Allowing terrorists to get their way is why we're here to begin with. No more negotiating with bad faith progressives. progressives no longer call republicans their noble opposition, they call then racists. Enough is enough...

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  24. The right has always conceded. If the right wasn't so weak, there would be no riots. WE ARE NOT FEARED. The left is. We have been appeasing for too long and where has it gotten us? Burned cities, murdered citizens, a former president and his hag secretary of state actually committing treason. Peggy Noonan is a jackass and has been for a very long time.

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  25. Giving in to the lefts insane treatment is just wrong and will just embolden them. They brought on the vitriol, no reason for us to bow to it to make peace. Besides when has giving the left what they want EVER appeased them. Soon I’ll be saving the money for the wsj soon

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  26. Giving in to the lefts insane treatment is just wrong and will just embolden them. They brought on the vitriol, no reason for us to bow to it to make peace. Besides when has giving the left what they want EVER appeased them. Soon I’ll be saving the money for the wsj soon

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  27. Giving in to the lefts insane treatment is just wrong and will just embolden them. They brought on the vitriol, no reason for us to bow to it to make peace. Besides when has giving the left what they want EVER appeased them. Soon I’ll be saving the money for the wsj soon

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  28. Trump deserves an extra Supreme Court pick to make up for the attempted sabotage of his first term by the Democrats. The legacy of this seat will balance the good he could have done himself but was prevented from doing.

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  29. In January 1984 the Raiders were playing the Redskins in the Superbowl. The Redskins were the defending champs, had the most prolific offense in NFL history up to that date, and were heavily favored to win a second championship. It was almost halftime and the Raiders led 14-3. The Redskins had the ball and were trying to score some points before halftime.

    Joe Theismann threw a screen pass to Joe Washington with 12 seconds left but Raiders LB Jack Squirek stepped in front of Joe Washington and grabbed the ball for a pick-six and the rout was on.

    Nobody had expected the Raiders to score again before halftime, but Raiders coach Tom Flores didn't tell the referees to take the points off the board and give the Redskins a do-over.

    Was it fair for the Raiders to "steal" a touchdown?

    Damn skippy it was. The Raiders didn't cheat, nor did the referees make a bad call. It was all within the rules.

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  30. In a great and varied nation of 330 million people some tact is in order, some give, some deference to what is important to others. We won’t survive otherwise.

    Roe v. Wade
    Obergefell v. Hodges
    Bostock v. Clayton County
    CJ Roberts' declaration that a tax is not a tax.

    "Some deference to what is important to others", Peggy? How about clear and convincing majorities of "others" against every one of these decisions, Peggy?

    Dumping Right Order down the drain while "deferring to others" is not a prescription for a long-lived and healthy country, Peggy.

    You are dismissed.

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  31. Michael Barone has a column that shows when the Senate and Presidency are the same, the SCOTUS nomination is approved in an election year is the norm.
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/whos-violating-norms-these-days

    Interesting how Noonan’s talking point matches that if the current journolist members. Instapundit has screenshots:
    https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/403170/

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