Peggy Noonan stretches out her act
"He lies! He misbehaves! It embarrasses the angels!"
Yeah...well...I can imagine, given the entirety of human history and all, the angels'll get over it...
I didn't know the outcome of the Hill mess. Damn that is shitty.
The thing about Santos is he's just like Trump in one critically (and when I say that I could equally mean 'clinically') important way: they are both sick. That's why I feel bad joking about them. The sickness is deep, and permanent (we know in Trump's case) and spectacularly toxic. So I'm dusting off my pity once again and somehow gonna make certain they know I don't hate them but I do indeed feel everso sorry for them.
Before this point -- "It happens to be my feeling, my observation that the wilder America becomes, the more it wants its political class to be stable, mature — normal." --i was reading and then the mind started wondering and I was only parsing when I tripped on that line.
Prior to that, I briefly pondered all the focus on Santos -- the party's exactly that crazy at best, Santos having lost as a normal candidate in 2020 went all in being a Trumpy bullshit artiste (aided a great deal, as I'm wont to say, by DCCC gross incompetence), and he's not leaving office til he's convicted or voted out because being a modern Republican means never doing the right thing. To use Pegs' example; if Hill was a Republican, anyone with a clue think she'd have resigned? Maayyybe if she was a attacked with enough misogynistic attacks. Maybe.
Too, there's the question of just how many people actually read the Journal's opinion pages. Does the section matter?
As for that hanging question there, Pegs is approximately 10,000% dead wrong as DeathSantis and the House clearly prove, just to toss up the two examples coming quickest to aged mind.
I mean, of what relevance, much other than a subject for Roy to riff, is Noonan, the Journal opinion section, etc.?
Meanwhile, in another great moment in conservative media, there's these bonbons:
Love this whole takedown of Peggy. But the reason I am commenting today is the word 'fraudster'. An ex-pat who lives in Canada now, I heard Justin Trudeau address conservative talking points about how some people might have taken COVID money (from Canada) illegally. He referred to such people taking money when they should not as 'fraudsters.' I found this endearing, cute, and very Canadian. I explained to a neighbor from Europe (now living in Canada) the difference between English in 'Merica and English in Canadia. Fraudster was my big-time example. Now, reading this treatise on Peggy Noonan and her fainting couch, I am to learn that fraudster is also being used in the US? Shit. Who said it first??
"Were there really that many brittle, toffee-nosed upper-class self-announced “ladies” around who regarded all social phenomena as through a Margaret Dumont lorgnette?"
This is world class, solid gold stuff. The whole piece is. You do this 5 days a week 50 plus weeks a year for a fanatic and devoted, albeit too small fan base. If the quality varies, it's between "fantastic" and "OMFG this is the greatest thing ever".
Matt Tiabbi has two million substack followers.He's shoveling out the same tired Hunter Thompson retread shtick he has for the last 15 years -which is evidently the only thing he knows how to do.
That's just fucked up is all I'm saying.
Lorgnette. Lorgnette. Lorgnette... the word has lost all meaning. Seriously though, I yearn for the days when politics had an air of dignity, lo, aspiration to it (them? Hey it's early)... probably why my special area of study was the 18th century through the mid-twentieth. Yeah, there was always self-interest, greed, ego, power mongering, what-have-you, I'm not 'knave' (as Bugs Bunny would say), but Jesus take the wheel with these a**clowns.
REBID on Noonan on Santos: what a glorious Friday!
"It happens to be my feeling, my observation" -- and this, dear Reader, is where I reach out and slap her if she is anywhere near slapping range. With the blessing of the angels.
Would a life spent in a Billy Baldwin -- the decorator, not Alec's brother -- outfitted pre-war classic six on the UES, pounding back the gin the latest Girl fetches, while perusing back issues of The Catholic Register, be considered regular?
"He will be used relentlessly by the Democrats, and the media, to make the Republican conference look like a cabal of fraudsters."
So true, just like Curly was used by movie directors to make the Three Stooges look like a buncha clowns.
"He will be used relentlessly by the Democrats..." is watching Murc's Law in the hands of a real pro.
You might think our attention should be focused on the political party that enabled Santos to gain public office and then allows him to stay there, but no, it's the Democrats who are the lead actors in this bit of political drama, because the Democrats are ALWAYS the lead actors, the only ones who are ever guilty (or even capable) of committing an act of politics.
Like if you were running for Congress and did a lil' hit n' run while driving home (drunk) from a campaign fundraiser. Later, the cops catch up with you, but it's your opponent (a Democrat, natch) who deserves the blame for "exploiting this unfortunate incident for political gain."
I'm sticking with the deranged bag lady theme.
Her writing is really odd. She seems to have a kind of presenility thing going on. Vaguely gesturing towards strawman ne'er do wells, she would call us all back, back to whatever vague idea of a better time of decent piety and suppressed impulses and what have you.
She seems like a closeted prude, not quite willing to come out and say, Oh, I know we are all naked under our clothes but let's not think about it!
Who thinks about it, exactly, when?
"make the Republican conference look like a cabal of fraudsters"
You guys were shameful before he got here! #MST3K