Friday, May 28, 2010

Peggy Noonan Gets It—Finally

It's taken her a year and a half to see the light, but Peggy Noonan's eyes have opened to the pure incompetence of the Obama administration. She, one of the most eloquent of pundits (writes for the Wall Street Journal), was a Reagan speech writer and has a been a so-called Republican. But she warmed to Obama during the election. But no more. In today's column, she says Obama will not survive his administration's three consecutive missteps: healthcare, immigration, and the ongoing Gulf oil disaster. I hope she is right.

Speaking of incompetence, I heard a citizen remark during an interview recently (paraphrase), "If you think the government's been incompetent with one leaking oil well, just way until you see how incompetent they'll be trying to manage healthcare—one-sixth of the economy." I shudder to think.

Peggy Noonan's closing paragraph is a fair warning to Republicans, since every out-of-office party loves to see the current administration mess up, thinking they'll get it right when they retake the White House—and then they get hit with something just as bad and prove to be just as incompetent:
But Republicans should beware, and even mute their mischief. We're in the middle of an actual disaster. When they win back the presidency, they'll probably get the big California earthquake. And they'll probably blow it. Because, ironically enough, of a hard core of truth within their own philosophy: when you ask a government far away in Washington to handle everything, it will handle nothing well.

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