Face It, GOP, She Makes Us Look Stupid: Noonan

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2009 8:00 AM CDT
In this Aug. 29, 2008 file photo shows Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, in Dayton, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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(Newser) – Sarah Palin's resignation is the perfect opportunity for the Republican Party to leave the drama queen behind, writes Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal. She may be “a gifted retail politician,” but “she makes the party look stupid, a party of the easily manipulated." She isn't thoughtful, and seems proud of that. A member of the self-esteem generation, she has no “proper sense of inadequacy.”

This isn't a working class girl, cruelly attacked by the media and “the elites.” “The elites made her.” It was the Republican elite that plucked her from obscurity. The media meanwhile would like nothing better than to continue the freak show. But the Republican Party ought to find a serious, thinking candidate, “because that is what a grown-up responsible party—a party that deserves to lead—would do.”