Even the slithering Ann Coulter has better political instincts than Peggy Noonan. "Nominate Romney and we'll lose," said the former, knowingly, at CPAC months ago. Meanwhile Ms. Noonan is still writing snooty gibberish stripped of all reality; gibberish that begins, " 'Nothing is written.' That was T.E. Lawrence to the Arab tribesmen in Robert Bolt's screenplay, a masterpiece, of 'Lawrence of Arabia.' "
Thank you, Peggy. That was riveting, inspiring, and altogether useless. As is where you pick up: "But you have to look at the landscape and see the shape of the land. You have to see it clearly to move on it well."
Does each WSJ copy of Noonan's commentary now come with a vomit bag? And a complimentary shot of insulin?
If such monosaccharide fatuity doesn't fit your tastes, then try some of Noonan's special, pragmatic fatuity: "It is true that a good debate, especially a good first one, can invigorate a candidate and lead to increased confidence, which can prompt good decisions and sensible statements"; or this stunning insight--"The Romney campaign has to get turned around."
I know. Kinda leaves you speechless, doesn't it?
My jaw didn't drop, though, until the end of Noonan's piece, in which she demonstrates a literal half-wittedness about the world:
A campaign is a communal exercise. It isn't about individual entrepreneurs. It's people pitching in together, aiming their high talents at one single objective: victory.
Exactly. This, she can see in a campaign, but cannot see in her own country; she cannot see that this is how great nations approach their challenges: Together, victory over want, victory over ignorance, victory over the squalid hopelessness of Randian individuality.
For all of Peggy Noonan's learning, she can't see what's so obvious, what lies for the taking, right in front of us all.