Sir, You’ve Lost Peggy Noonan – Discuss.

14 07 2007

Peggy Noonan is finally leaving the GWB ship. After campaigning so hard for his re-election that she had to take a break from her work at the Journal, she has apparently finally come to her senses. Over the recent past, she’s been more critical of Bush and his clan (speaking out against “Bush Derangement Syndrome,” for example) but until now has never been so direct with her frustration. You should read the whole thing, but some quotes I enjoyed are below…

“Presidents in great enterprises that are going badly suffer: Lincoln, LBJ with his head in his hands. Why doesn’t Mr. Bush? Every major domestic initiative of his second term has been ill thought through and ended in failure. His Iraq leadership has failed. His standing is lower than any previous president’s since polling began. He’s in a good mood. Discuss.

Americans have always been somewhat romantic about the meaning of our country, and the beacon it can be for the world, and what the Founders did. But they like the president to be the cool-eyed realist, the tough customer who understands harsh realities.

With Mr. Bush it is the people who are forced to be cool-eyed and realistic. He’s the one who goes off on the toots. This is extremely irritating, and also unnatural. Actually it’s weird…

Americans can’t fire the president right now, so they’re waiting it out.”

Here’s where I disagree with her. We’re the only ones who can fire him, and we should, immediately. For the sake of our nation and our place in the world.

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