Consider This

Peggy Noonan gives insightful, challenging and controversial advice to the White House.

"The White House, after the Miers withdrawal/removal/disappearance, would be well advised to call in leaders of the fractious base--with heavy initial emphasis on the Washington conservative establishment--and have some long talks about the future. It's time for the administration to reach out to wise men and women, time for Roosevelt Room gatherings of the conservative clans. Much old affection remains, and respect lingers, but a lot of damage has been done.

The president has three years yet to serve. That, I think, is the subtext of recent battles: Conservatives want to modify and, frankly, correct certain administration policies now, while there's time. The White House can think of this--and should think of it--as an unanticipated gift. A good fight can clear the air; a great battle can result in resolution and recommitment.

No one wants George W. Bush turned into Jimmy Carter, or nobody should. The world is a dangerous place, and someone has to lead America."

"And next time perhaps the White House, in announcing and presenting the arguments for a new nominee to the high court, will remember a certain tradition with regard to how we do it in America. We don't say, "We've nominated Joe because he's a Catholic!" A better and more traditional approach is, "Nominee Joe is a longtime practitioner of the law with considerable experience, impressive credentials, and a lively and penetrating intellect. Any questions? Yes, he is a member of the Catholic church. Any other questions?"

What are your thoughts?

Click here for Noonan's entire column.


At 10/13/2005 10:30:00 PM, Anonymous David said...

Peggy Noonan is such a breath of fresh air compared to Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and all those other commentators that just come across as shrill and mean spirited. She at least has some intellectual integrity and discusses things in a civil manner. (Although it was interesting to read your post about Hannity's speech because he certainly doesn't come across that way on the radio and TV. I was in L.A. at that time and if I had remembered, I would have tried to go listen) As for the substance of her column, I think Noonan is correct and I think the reason for all these problems is that this administration thinks it is untouchable in anything it does because there is no way that Republicans are going to dislike them so much that it would lead them to vote for a Democrat. What it comes down to is that there is really no competition. And for what I think is the vast majority in this country, there is very little difference between the two major parties. The appearance of cronyism and what is coming out today about the President insisting that a woman be named to succeed O'Connor (instead of the the most qualified candidate) coupled with information that several women turned him down, makes him look very weak and gives the impression that it is just the same old, same old in Washington.
Great new picture, by the way!

At 10/14/2005 02:32:00 AM, Blogger Robert said...

While Noonan may be right about what should be done, I'd put the chances of it happening about the same as the next Pope being Jewish. Bush isn't going to back down--and what normally is a great strength of his leadership is going to continue to divide (and I fear destroy) his party. The 06 elections are scaring me to death.

PS Congrats on winning Blog of the Week. I got my Crosley this week, and you're going to love it!

At 10/14/2005 03:05:00 AM, Blogger William said...

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At 10/14/2005 04:11:00 AM, Blogger Goat said...

These are going to be some wild hearings,I have some links up you may enjoy.

At 10/14/2005 04:15:00 AM, Blogger Goat said...

I think the debate in the conservative movement as a healthy educational one. I know I am learning a ton by the day.We must remember we are the educated voters not the brainwashed ones.

At 10/14/2005 06:03:00 AM, Blogger Cabe said...

Amen. Think about precedent, if I spelled it correctly.

12 years from now under a liberal presidency (God forbid...yet..we are sort of experiencing that now..):

Hillary Rodham Rodham Jr Jr: "I nominate Osama Bin Laden Jr Jr because he's very spiritual."


At 10/14/2005 06:28:00 AM, Blogger Lores Rizkalla said...

david: you are right. peggy is one of my all time favorite writers. and, she's a woman of class...and, thanks for the compliment :)

bob: yes, amen. i am concerned about the effect all this will have on the next election! by the way, welcome and thank you! i look forward to listening to my favorite talk show hosts on the new radio :)

goat: good point, my friend!

cabe: what a scary thought! stop it; it's not Halloween yet! ;)


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