Peggy Noonan WSJ op ed on Trump

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Peggy Noonan WSJ op ed on Trump

https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-is-woody-allen-without-the-humor-1501...

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The president’s primary problem as a leader is not that he is impetuous, brash or naive. It’s not that he is inexperienced, crude, an outsider. It is that he is weak and sniveling. It is that he undermines himself almost daily by ignoring traditional norms and forms of American masculinity.

He’s not strong and self-controlled, not cool and tough, not low-key and determined; he’s whiny, weepy and self-pitying. He throws himself, sobbing, on the body politic. He’s a drama queen. It was once said, sarcastically, of George H.W. Bush that he reminded everyone of her first husband. Trump must remind people of their first wife. Actually his wife, Melania, is tougher than he is with her stoicism and grace, her self-discipline and desire to show the world respect by presenting herself with dignity.

Half the president’s tweets show utter weakness. They are plaintive, shrill little cries, usually just after dawn. “It’s very sad that Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their president.” The brutes. Actually they’ve been laboring to be loyal to him since Inauguration Day. “The Republicans never discuss how good their health care bill is.” True, but neither does Mr. Trump, who seems unsure of its content. In just the past two weeks, of the press, he complained: “Every story/opinion, even if should be positive, is bad!” Journalists produce “highly slanted & even fraudulent reporting.” They are “DISTORTING DEMOCRACY.” They “fabricate the facts.”

It’s all whimpering accusation and finger-pointing: Nobody’s nice to me. Why don’t they appreciate me?

His public brutalizing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions isn’t strong, cool and deadly; it’s limp, lame and blubbery. “Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes,” he tweeted this week. Talk about projection.

He told the Journal’s Michael C. Bender he is disappointed in Mr. Sessions and doesn’t feel any particular loyalty toward him. “He was a senator, he looks at 40,000 people and he probably says, ‘What do I have to lose?’ And he endorsed me. So it’s not like a great loyal thing about the endorsement.” Actually, Mr. Sessions supported him early and put his personal credibility on the line. In Politico, John J. Pitney Jr. of Claremont McKenna College writes: “Loyalty is about strength. It is about sticking with a person, a cause, an idea or a country even when it is costly, difficult or unpopular.” A strong man does that. A weak one would unleash his resentments and derive sadistic pleasure from their unleashing.

The way American men used to like seeing themselves, the template they most admired, was the strong silent type celebrated in classic mid-20th century films—Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Henry Fonda. In time the style shifted, and we wound up with the nervous and chattery. More than a decade ago the producer and writer David Chase had his Tony Soprano mourn the disappearance of the old style: “What they didn’t know is once they got Gary Cooper in touch with his feelings they wouldn’t be able to shut him up!” The new style was more like that of Woody Allen. His characters couldn’t stop talking about their emotions, their resentments and needs. They were self-justifying as they acted out their cowardice and anger.

But he was a comic. It was funny. He wasn’t putting it out as a new template for maleness. Donald Trump now is like an unfunny Woody Allen.

Who needs a template for how to be a man? A lot of boys and young men, who’ve grown up in a culture confused about what men are and do. Who teaches them the real dignity and meaning of being a man? Mostly good fathers and teachers. Luckily Mr. Trump this week addressed the Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, where he represented to them masculinity and the moral life.

“Who the hell wants to speak about politics when I’m in front of the Boy Scouts, right?” But he overcame his natural reticence. We should change how we refer to Washington, he said: “We ought to change it from the word ‘swamp’ to perhaps ‘cesspool’ or perhaps to the word ‘sewer.’ ” Washington is not nice to him and is full of bad people. “As the Scout Law says, ‘A Scout is trustworthy, loyal—we could use some more loyalty, I will tell you that.” He then told them the apparently tragic story of a man who was once successful. “And in the end he failed, and he failed badly.”

Why should he inspire them, show personal height, weight and dignity, support our frail institutions? He has needs and wants—he is angry!—which supersede pesky, long-term objectives. Why put the amorphous hopes of the audience ahead of his own, more urgent needs?

His inability—not his refusal, but his inability—to embrace the public and rhetorical role of the presidency consistently and constructively is weak.

“It’s so easy to act presidential but that’s not gonna get it done,” Mr. Trump said the other night at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio. That is the opposite of the truth. The truth, six months in, is that he is not presidential and is not getting it done. His mad, blubbery petulance isn’t working for him but against him. If he were presidential he’d be getting it done—building momentum, gaining support. He’d be over 50%, not under 40%. He’d have health care, and more.

We close with the observation that it’s all nonstop drama and queen-for-a-day inside this hothouse of a White House. Staffers speak in their common yet somehow colorful language of their wants, their complaints. The new communications chief, Anthony Scaramucci, who in his debut came across as affable and in control of himself, went on CNN Thursday to show he’ll fit right in. He’s surrounded by “nefarious, backstabbing” leakers. “The fish stinks from the head down. But I can tell you two fish that don’t stink, and that’s me and the president.” He’s strong and well connected: “I’ve got buddies of mine in the FBI”; “ Sean Hannity is one of my closest friends.” He is constantly with the president, at dinner, on the phone, in the sauna snapping towels. I made that up. “The president and I would like to tell everybody we have a very, very good idea of who the leakers are.” Chief of Staff Reince Priebus better watch it. There are people in the White House who “think it is their job to save America from this president, okay?” So they leak. But we know who they are.

He seemed to think this diarrheic diatribe was professional, the kind of thing the big boys do with their media bros. But he came across as just another drama queen for this warring, riven, incontinent White House. As Scaramucci spoke, the historian Joshua Zeitz observed wonderingly, on Twitter: “It’s Team of Rivals but for morons.”

It is. And it stinks from the top.

Meanwhile the whole world is watching, a world that contains predators. How could they not be seeing this weakness, confusion and chaos and thinking it’s a good time to cause some trouble?

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Lol. All true. A weak,

Lol. All true. A weak, insecure drama queen.

His complaints out of the gate about the press coverage of his inauguration were not a petty anomaly, but encapsulate his presidency in a nutshell.

Sad.

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Fake News And The Losers That

AND NOW FOLKS

Fake News And The Losers That Worship It

Story at 11...

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Lol do you even know who

Lol do you even know who Peggy Noonan is?

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A Coward and Matt agree on

A Coward and Matt agree on drama queens, now their are a couple of candidates for transgendering.

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AC, she's a liberal hack,

AC, she's a liberal hack, right? Lol.

Man, the the trumpswab gold colored glasses are opaque. Sad.

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Establishment. Witness the

Establishment. Witness the comment on ignoring traditional norms. That's what bothers the establishment types - he doesn't allow them to control things as they normally do.

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Lol.

Lol.

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IRMC

IRMC

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Peggy Noonan is a thoughtful,

Peggy Noonan is a thoughtful, intelligent writer and author. She has roots back in the Reagan era.

I try not to miss her columns, as they are always thought provoking.

She also probably has closer ties to the establishment than she does the drain the swamp demographic. My recollection is that she crosses the line frequently, including having endorsed and voted for Obama in at least one election.

This column, while spot on for some comments, does not suddenly change the landscape for any who have had it with the entrenched lifers.

It's simply an opinion to be factored into thought processes.

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Lol do you even know who

Lol do you even know who Peggy Noonan is?
Actually I don't.
All I need to know is that you use her swamptalk to berate Trump in order to support your narrative.
That's enough to dismiss anything she says as FAKE NEWS.

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Look her up, doofus.

Look her up, doofus.

I wonder if you'll think her books on Reagan and Hillary are also fake news, lol.

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Peggy says…..

Peggy says…..

“The president’s primary problem as a leader is not that he is impetuous, brash or naive. It’s not that he is inexperienced, crude, an outsider. It is that he is weak and sniveling. It is that he undermines himself almost daily by ignoring traditional norms and forms of American masculinity.
He’s not strong and self-controlled, not cool and tough, not low-key and determined; he’s whiny, weepy and self-pitying. He throws himself, sobbing, on the body politic.”

Spider says....

What a bunch of bullshit...nothing more than rude banter. Stop sobbing and go attack a politician who practices gross hypocritical behavior outside traditional norms. Clinton and the media lost, get over it.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/oct/10/hypocrisys-heavy-economi...

By Richard W. Rahn - - Monday, October 10, 2016
The heavy price of hypocrisy
Rude banter doesn’t match threats to life and economic well-being

ANALYSIS/OPINION:
Were you shocked when you heard Donald Trump’s lewd comments? Were you shocked when Hillary Clinton, the leader of “destroy-the-women-victims-of-Bill-Clinton’s bimbo eruptions” and a notorious potty mouth herself, said Mr. Trump was unqualified to be president? Were you shocked when the leaked transcript of Hillary’s banker speeches showed her to be totally two-faced? And were you shocked when Sen. Elizabeth Warren attacked the CEO of Wells Fargo for being incompetent, or worse, because some of his customers were charged a total of a few million dollars in phony fees (not a good thing) while government agencies the good senator has direct oversight responsibility for pay tens of billions to fraudsters each year?

Richard Rahn was married to Peggy Noonan for 5 years…..they divorced in 1990.

And now you can entertain us with YOUR personal opinion of somebody else's personal opinion..

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Noonan and her ilk are scared

Noonan and her ilk are scared to death that their opinions matter less and less and that they'll soon need to find a real job. They know that their rants won't save them, but they don't know what else to do.

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Mainelion

Mainelion

Well said

as Udall said My recollection is that she crosses the line frequently, including having endorsed and voted for Obama in at least one election.

She is just another Beltway talking head with her finger in the air. Consider what insight she had endorsing Obama, I'd assume the first term. You know when he was spreading his BS about the most open administration every, or did she just get a tingle down her leg because he was the first half black liar ever nominated to be POTUS?

What came from that con job, MR Peace Prize, Libya, Good God the shit that flows out of Noonan's mouth and every presstitute can only be excepted by the ignorant classes that expect that government is there to protect them. I hope she falls soon and breaks a hip, because the BS she has spread in her lifetime as a pundit has helped kill millions of people.

I truly hope there is a god so bitches like Noonan can roast on a spit, you too Mel !

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Well, bless your very little

Well, bless your very little heart.

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Mike G, the fake tuff-guy,

Noonan is spot on when she talks about Trump's weakness. I've long held one truth: Never trust anyone with a combover - if they can handle a receding hairline chances are they are a weakling.

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Honestly, do you think Trump

Honestly, do you think Trump can effect any change without buy-in and cooperation from the establishment GOP?

It's easy to say, "Oh Noonan is just the old guard feeling threatened." It's another thing to repeal Obamacare without having the establishment GOP on the same page.

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Mike G is a misogynist twit.

Mike G is a misogynist twit. Move along...

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That's right I never did like

That's right I never did like Charity Frauds that sell government influence to the highest bidder and then when they have nothing of worth to sell shut it down to avoid the obvious criminality of it. The MSM and prosecutors just look the other way.

Or a family that constantly leaves a trail of murdered opponents, who somehow wind up dead immediately after crossing The Clintons or about to.

Also I'm really disgusted by the two tiers of justice in this country, the one where bankers, corporates, politicians can rip off billions from the people, but we all have to pull over to answer a cell phone or if you had one too many drinks at a restaurant you end up in jail.

But you are a pussy Matt and I do dispise your kind.

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"It's simply an opinion to be

"It's simply an opinion to be factored into thought processes."

Well Mel ,that certainly lost most of its' applicablility the last few posts in this thread !

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"It's simply an opinion to be

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What makes me a pussy, Mikey?

What makes me a pussy, Mikey?

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Your acceptance of all things

Your acceptance of all things uniparty, like a twig in a mighty stream

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But what makes you "dispise"

But what makes you "dispise" him? Is it his ability to string together a coherent sentence using correct spelling, punctuation and avoidance of comma abuse?

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There we have it: the extreme

There we have it: the extreme left defined: grammarians who care.

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Grammar Nazis, or just Nazis?

Grammar Nazis, or just Nazis?

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Make that prissy, anal

Make that prissy, anal retentive grammar nazis who care.

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That might be it, its that

That might be it, its that second grade teacher who made me hold my hand out if I did something bad and she'd wack it with a ruler. She was a wicked grammarian, a beast of a women, an authoritarian and that must be why I hate women who hire thugs to shoot people in the head for leaking DNC emails.

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Penguins can be so mean......

Penguins can be so mean......

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