Peggy Noonan's excoriation of the ineffably inept Romney campaign has received both remarkable exposure--far beyond the confines of the Wall Street Journal's country-club set--and thundering applause for its blistering truth-telling. And yet, its very opening is but the incoherence of hollowness:
What should Mitt Romney do now? He should peer deep into the abyss. He should look straight into the heart of darkness where lies a Republican defeat in a year the Republican presidential candidate almost couldn’t lose. He should imagine what it will mean for the country, for a great political philosophy, conservatism, for his party and, last, for himself. He must look down unblinkingly.
Well, at least she says it with easy authority, and among the right's many authoritarian personalities, that counts for a lot. As one reads her, though, one must labor to not imagine her saying it with that slurred oversentimentality that seems to pass for High Sincerity, also known buzzingly in the Beltway as "authenticity." OK. I got that off my chest.
More to the point, or her points, rather, beginning with: This is "a year the Republican presidential candidate almost couldn’t lose." Now let's remember that Ms. Noonan's a true political professional, as she modestly reminds us over and over and over in her WSJ piece. However she either deliberately omits or conveniently forgets (hey, I guess she is a professional) that all the competent presidential wannabes--Jeb, Chris, Mitch, Haley--appreciated from the get-go that this would be a year of Republican doom. Thank you, said they, but no thanks.
Ms. Noonan also asks Mitt to "imagine"--here we detect that slur--what it all "will mean for the country, for a great political philosophy, conservatism."
That's a joke, right?
Have you seen any conservatism lately, or heard about any? And by lately I don't mean this campaign; I mean the last 20 or 30 freakin' years. A "great political philosophy" my ass. It--conservatism--was once, but now it's only a euphemism for Debt Explosion and Plutocratic Pampering and Staggering Inequality and Opportunity Denial and Scripture Thumping and Vagina Policing and Voter Suppression and ... you got it, I need not continue.
At any rate, all this humbug is Ms. Noonan's mere starting point, from which she grandly proceeds to give Mitt political advice. Mitt, I say be a man and just blow yourself up in your own way. After all, it was always inevitable, even if Ms. Noonan can't see that.