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Noonan: No, Jeb Bush Is Not the Sure Nominee

'No one should bow to his inevitability,' she writes

(Newser) - A common refrain these days is that Jeb Bush is locking up big donors and freezing out potential rivals so efficiently that he's cruising toward a sure GOP nomination. No way, writes Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal . So far, she doesn't like what she sees, describing... More »

Christie's 'Apology' All About Him

Dana Milbank blasts governor's narcissism, and other reactions

(Newser) - With his back to the wall yesterday, Chris Christie delivered "a forum on the virtues of his favorite subject: himself," observes Dana Milbank at the Washington Post . In this " apology ," the governor talked about how "incredibly loyal" he is, his "reputation for honesty" and... More »

Christie No Conservative on Surveillance

Peggy Noonan worried by governor's 'manipulative' approach

(Newser) - At a meeting of major Republican donors, Chris Christie took a firm stand on domestic surveillance—and it's not sitting well with Peggy Noonan. Christie called the debate over the extent of government snooping "esoteric" and "intellectual," slamming the "strain of libertarianism that's going... More »

This Interview Was Disgusting

Peggy Noonan was not a fan of Steve Kroft's sitdown with Obama and Clinton

(Newser) - Peggy Noonan was a huge fan of Dodge's " So God Made a Farmer " Super Bowl ad—it "spoke respectfully and even reverently of others," was expressly religious, and above all contained the "clear, clean" oration of Paul Harvey, a broadcaster with unabashed values but... More »

Why the Close Race? We've Seen the 'Real Obama'

Peggy Noonan: It was that out-of-touch guy at the first debate

(Newser) - There have been lots of excuses to explain away Obama's weak performance in the first debate, but Peggy Noonan says don't listen to them. Viewers "didn't see some odd version of the president" in Denver, she writes in the Wall Street Journal . "They saw the... More »

Romney Needs a New Boss

Peggy Noonan thinks candidate needs to 'get his head screwed on right'

(Newser) - Peggy Noonan raised some eyebrows earlier this week when she called Romney's campaign incompetent . "I was being polite," she writes in today's Wall Street Journal . "I really meant 'rolling calamity.'" Noonan says almost everyone agreed with her dire outlook, including some midlevel... More »

Ryan: Romney 'Obviously Inarticulate' in 47% Video

Republicans panicking as critics line up

(Newser) - Paul Ryan tried to massage his running mate's 47% faux pas yesterday in an interview with KRNV-TV in Nevada. "He was obviously inarticulate in making this point," Ryan said. "The point we're trying to make here is, under the Obama economy government dependency is up.... More »

Condi Could Save This Dull Election

In a crucial year, neither candidate has inspired: Peggy Noonan

(Newser) - We're in the middle of "a crisis election like 1932 or 1980," yet supporters of both candidates can't seem to muster much enthusiasm. We need to inject some inspiration and excitement into this race, and Condoleezza Rice could be just the person to do it, writes... More »

Romney: My Mistakes 'Haunt Me'

Mitt discusses life on the trail with Peggy Noonan

(Newser) - Mitt Romney has made some gaffes this election season, and he's not afraid to admit it. Sometimes he says things "that make me want to kick myself in the seat of my pants," he tells Peggy Noonan in an interview as he's on the cusp of... More »

Boehner: House Has Smart Folks, 'Some of the Dumbest,' Too

It's just a 'slice of America,' he says in interview

(Newser) - Peggy Noonan's column in the Wall Street Journal this week is an interview with John Boehner in which the speaker talks about issues great and small. Some samples:
  • The House: "We got 435 members. It's just a slice of America, it really is. We got some of
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Newt Gingrich Is No Reagan

Peggy Noonan says there's a 'wound' in the Republican party

(Newser) - Republicans are in the midst of "the most volatile and tumultuous presidential primary race of our lifetimes," and it's exposed an "age-old split between the grassroots and the perceived GOP establishment," writes Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal . "Actually, it's more a... More »

GOP Hawks Should Tone It Down

Candidates might just scare off the electorate: Peggy Noonan

(Newser) - In the latest Republican debate, we saw the candidates showcase their hawkishness, each trying to play it tougher than the next. (Except for Ron Paul, of course.) That may work in “Republo-world,” where theoretical discussions on, say, bombing Iran, are commonplace, but it won’t play well... More »

To Win This, Rick Perry Needs to Look Less Angry

Conservatives can't afford to be painted as radicals, Peggy Noonan writes

(Newser) - Rick Perry appears to be a “natural conservative, Texas Division,” and that’s awfully appealing for the Republican base, but he’s also got a glaring flaw, writes Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal . Perry has “a chesty, quick-draw machismo that might be right for an... More »

Peggy Noonan: Obama 'Is a Loser'

And nobody loves him

(Newser) - As this debt crisis unfurls, Peggy Noonan has realized something surprising: “Nobody loves Obama,” she writes in the Wall Street Journal . “This is amazing because every president has people who love him,” even Bill Clinton and George W. Bush on their worst days. But not Barack... More »

3 Things Obama Should Say in State of the Union

Peggy Noonan: For starters, call for a ban on ammunition clips

(Newser) - President Obama’s on a winning streak, and he has a chance to continue it with next week's State of the Union. To do so, he needs to offer “surprising, shrewd, centrist and good policy,” writes Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal . Here’s how:
  • Guns:
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Tea Party 'Saved' the GOP

Peggy Noonan: The party had lost its values, become the Establishment

(Newser) - Republicans made up “a party that didn't remember anymore why it existed” until “the tea party, with its energy and earnestness, restored the GOP to itself.” Tea Partiers rejected George W. Bush’s “spending, overreach and immigration proposals,” writes Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street ... More »

We're All JetBlue Attendants Now

Shift to a service economy has left us ticked off

(Newser) - America has become a country of harassed JetBlue attendants longing to pull the emergency chute and tell everybody to go to hell, writes Peggy Noonan. Steven Slater's story has struck a chord with the public because the shift to a service economy combined with a decline in manners has left... More »

Women Could Save the Catholic Church

Old church needs new blood in charge, writes Peggy Noonan

(Newser) - The Vatican shouldn't be allowed to let this latest round of abuse scandals fade away until some major changes are made, writes Peggy Noonan. The defensive, angry people at the highest levels of the church are too big a part of the problem to fix it, Noonan writes in the... More »

Villains of Financial Crisis Hide by Boring Us

Tepid hearings reveal pretty much nothing

(Newser) - If you’re like Peggy Noonan, you devoured CSPAN’s coverage of this week's Financial Industry Inquiry Commission hearings, and you got to see, live, the dramatic testimony of ex-Citigroup CEO Charles Prince. “Let’s be real,” Prince said. “You, for political reasons, both Republicans and Democrats,... More »

Don't Fan the Flames— We'll All Get Burned

Political rage is a national problem, not a partisan one

(Newser) - America's white-hot political rage is a national problem, not a partisan one—and if we're not careful, we'll all get burned. The Democrats are right to call attention to threats to lawmakers but they shouldn't treat this as a political opportunity, writes Peggy Noonan for the Wall Street Journal . "... More »

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