Peggy Noonan’s Awakening: Obama a Loser…but not a Socialist

Peggy Noonan, former Reagan speech writer, has had an awakening to who Barack Obama is. Noonan gets on my last nerve when she says the Obama adminstration is no better than the Bush administration, as she is fond of saying.  Today, she kinda gets it, but she doesn’t think Obama is a socialist. She acknowledges that he is not “genuine,” but that is because he is a socialist or worse. She has to know this if she understands policy or the Constitution.  (all emphasis mine)

Peggy Noonan

Pullout Quote:

Maybe the most important word that described Clinton and Bush but not Obama is ‘genuine.'” He “doesn’t exude any feeling that what he says and does is genuine.” ~ Peggy Noonan

He cannot be 100% genuine about his policies, because his policies are not nearly as far Left as he intends to take them. He cannot reveal the fiscal-policy-yearnings hidden deep in his heart and his psyche.

Noonan writing at the Wall Street Journal:

It is that nobody loves Obama. This is amazing because every president has people who love him, who feel deep personal affection or connection, who have a stubborn, even beautiful refusal to let what they know are just criticisms affect their feelings of regard. At the height of Bill Clinton’s troubles there were always people who’d say, “Look, I love the guy.” They’d often be smiling—a wry smile, a shrugging smile. Nobody smiles when they talk about Mr. Obama. There were people who loved George W. Bush when he was at his most unpopular, and they meant it and would say it. But people aren’t that way about Mr. Obama. He has supporters and bundlers and contributors, he has voters, he may win. But his support is grim support. And surely this has implications.

The past few weeks I’ve asked Democrats who supported him how they feel about him. I got back nothing that showed personal investment. Here are the words of a hard-line progressive and wise veteran of the political wars: “I never loved Barack Obama. That said, among my crowd who did ‘love’ him, I can’t think of anyone who still does.” Why is Mr. Obama different from Messrs. Clinton and Bush? “Clinton radiated personality. As angry as folks got with him about Nafta or Monica, there was always a sense of genuine, generous caring.” With Bush, “if folks were upset with him, he still had this goofy kind of personality that folks could relate to. You might think he was totally misguided but he seemed genuinely so. . . . Maybe the most important word that described Clinton and Bush but not Obama is ‘genuine.'” He “doesn’t exude any feeling that what he says and does is genuine.”

January 2010:

In 2008, the voters went for Mr. Obama thinking he was not a Nut but a
cool and sober moderate of the center-left sort. In 2009 and 2010, they
looked at his general governing attitudes as reflected in his
preoccupations—health care, cap and trade—and their hidden, potential
and obvious costs, and thought, “Uh-oh, he’s a Nut!”

Here is a Noonan WSJ column from October 2008 – warning – grab a barf bag:

He has within him the possibility to change the direction and tone of American foreign policy, which need changing; his rise will serve as a practical rebuke to the past five years, which need rebuking; his victory would provide a fresh start in a nation in which a fresh start would come as a national relief. He climbed steep stairs, born off the continent with no father to guide, a dreamy, abandoning mother, mixed race, no connections. He rose with guts and gifts. He is steady, calm, and, in terms of the execution of his political ascent, still the primary and almost only area in which his executive abilities can be discerned, he shows good judgment in terms of whom to hire and consult, what steps to take and moves to make. We witnessed from him this year something unique in American politics: He took down a political machine without raising his voice….

…conservatives must honor prudence, and ask if the circumstances accompanying an Obama victory will encourage the helpful moderation and nonpartisan spirit these supporters attempt, in their endorsements, to demonstrate….

And there is this. The past few months as the campaign unfolded, I listened for Mr. Obama to speak thoughtfully about the life issues, including abortion. Our last Democratic president knew what that issue was, and knew by nature how to speak of it. Bill Clinton famously said, over and over, that abortion should be “safe, legal and rare.” The “rare” mattered. It set a tone, as presidents do, and made an important concession: You only want a medical practice to be rare when it isn’t good. For Mr. Obama, whose mind tends, as intellectuals’ minds do, toward the abstract, it all seems so . . . abstract. And cold. And rather suggestive of radical departures. “That’s above my pay grade.” Friend, that is your pay grade, that’s where the presidency lives, in issues like that.

But let’s be frank. Something new is happening in America. It is the imminent arrival of a new liberal moment.

Something new certainly did happen in America. We don’t like it.

Peggy Noonan on a Boorish Obama (video)

Linked by Memeorandum (thank you) – the conversation is developing.

  • Sorry…I just think of her as John McCain in drag.

  • It is nice to hear that more people are waking up to some of Obama’s failings. However, there is almost nothing he does that is at odds with having a communist in the White House. Maybe that is why she says he is not a socialist. He goes farther than that.

  • You were right.. I am going to be sick. What is worse? Her slow motion, her posturing effected appearance? No, her ignorance.

  • I tend to cut people like Noonan more slack. She’s a writer and a pundit, and she puts thought into what she does. She’s no Obama fan, based on her whole body of writing since he came on the scene.

    Obama himself and his crowd would not identify themselves as socialist, since being educated leftists, they adhere to the classical technical definition, and their actions don’t fit that.

    He and his minions are statist progressives. They seek not to seize the means of production, but to co opt them and bend them to the government’s will. Why take over the factory when you can merely use the coercive power of the state and of reward and punishment to make the factory owner do your bidding?

    It’s easier for big government to let the workers and managers do the hard work of operating a successful business. All Big Gov has to do is stand at the factory doors each day and shake them down as they leave.

    Parasitic, yes. But not socialist in the strictest academic sense.

    • Very much like national socialism, isn’t it?

  • Ran

    Maggie, I’m quite done with Noonan. I don’t hate her or anything, but I’m tired of the wasted time.

    Not ‘genuine?’ How about patently vacant. What’s plain on its face is that Barry is a simple mediocrity. Abstract thinking? Hasn’t had an abstract or original thought in his entire life.

    Examine his jokes, his off-the-cuff humor, his responsive wit, his quick responses: Nothing there. He’s a dullard by any standard. The point being, Noonan and so many others read into him the normal sharps one finds around the typical candidate for higher office. They all of them found intelligence, insight, creativity, accumen, IQ, skills, capacity – none of which exists in any appreciable measure. Today they’re running circles and pretzels to cover their obvious misreading. (Mmmmmm – pretzels!)

    The worst is David Brooks, poor man; Sharp creases do not a sharp mind make. Brooksie ain’t doing well. Noonan has been struggling for second place with a few others.

  • Maggie . . . Peggy took two years to figure out Obama. Most conservatives took five minutes. Something odd about that . . .

  • Peggy Noonan and Obama have an inextricable bond – everything is the fault of Bush.

    As to weather Obama is a socialist or not, I defer to the conclusion of our readers by judging the philosophy of Obama with that of another famous “Loser” – “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need”.

  • Looking at it like an Insider would, you have to consider Obama’s Insider pedigree. His mother worked in the Ford Foundation for Peter Geitner, Timmy’s daddy. His grandmother was an exec. in the Rockefeller-owned Chase Bank in Hawaii. His father was brought over here from Africa with a grant from the Joseph Kennedy Foundation. I mean, jeez louise, he may have become a socialist just to rebel. When you see that a handful of banks run our country though the money manipulation of the Fed, you can see past political labels. Following the money will always help you track down evil.

    I don’t pay attention to people like Peggy at all, they aren’t worth the brain cells.


  • You have bang your head when you hear people say he is not a socialist. How can someone who once wrote for Reagan be that stupid. If he is not a socialist then Hitler was racially tolerant.