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We're All JetBlue Attendants Now

 We're All JetBlue 
 Attendants Now 
PEGGY NOONAN

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...

Women Could Save the Catholic Church
Women Could Save the Catholic Church
PEGGY NOONAN

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...

Villains of Financial Crisis Hide by Boring Us
Villains of Financial Crisis Hide by Boring Us
Peggy Noonan

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,...

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


PEGGY NOONAN

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 . "...

Kudos to Baier for Showing How to Handle Obama
  Kudos to Baier for Showing 
 How to Handle Obama 
PEGGY NOONAN

Kudos to Baier for Showing How to Handle Obama

Health care interview was 'startling and revealing'

(Newser) - Fox's Bret Baier performed a vital public service in his "startling and revealing" interview with President Obama on health care, writes Peggy Noonan. Unlike the vast majority of reporters, Baier refused to let Obama filibuster his way through the interview, and by doing so exposed the amazing fact the...

Happy Birthday, Health Care Disaster
 Happy Birthday, 
 Health Care Disaster 
PEGGY NOONAN

Happy Birthday, Health Care Disaster

Obama spent his first year being bold on the wrong issue

(Newser) - It's now a year since President Obama launched the push for health care reform that consumed the vital first year of his presidency, writes Peggy Noonan. "New presidents should never, ever, court any problem that isn't already banging at the door," but Obama chose to boldly address the...

Washington Is Waking Up to Public's Spending Fears
Washington Is Waking Up to Public's Spending Fears
PEGGY NOONAN

Washington Is Waking Up to Public's Spending Fears

GOP needs to build consensus for cuts—and win back White House

(Newser) - President Obama may be just trying to save his political life with the creation of a bipartisan commission on government spending but the move shows Washington is waking up to the public's worries, writes Peggy Noonan. Concerns about federal spending and its implications for America's future have, just in time,...

Obama Is Acting Like a One-Term President

 Obama Is Acting Like 
 a One-Term President 
PEGGY NOONAN

Obama Is Acting Like a One-Term President

He refuses to move to the center, writes Noonan, when that could save him

(Newser) - Obama seems to genuinely mean it when he says he'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president, and that could explain a lot, writes Peggy Noonan. He "equates becoming more centrist with becoming more like George W. Bush," which is why he's refusing...

UK-Style Question Time Isn't What US Needs
 UK-Style Question Time 
 Isn't What US Needs 
PEGGY NOONAN

UK-Style Question Time Isn't What US Needs

Terror threat calls for unity, not more partisanship

(Newser) - Question Time—in which opposition British politicians grill the prime minister every week—is great political theater but probably wouldn't translate so well to the US, writes Peggy Noonan. The idea has its pluses, but American politicians don't seem able to insult each other with the skill and elegance of...

New, Less Creepy GOP is Emerging
 New, Less Creepy 
 GOP is Emerging 
PEGGY NOONAN

New, Less Creepy GOP is Emerging

Brown's victory shows America's now permanently in play

(Newser) - Scott Brown's victory may signal the beginning of the end of the standoff between the free-spending, big government nuts and the free-spending, hypocritical creeps, writes Peggy Noonan. Voters thought President Obama was a moderate before they saw his governing attitudes and what they would cost, and decided he was a...

Disturbing Disconnect Hanging Up Prez
 Disturbing 
 Disconnect 
 Hanging Up Prez 
PEGGY NOONAN

Disturbing Disconnect Hanging Up Prez

Obama needs to learn to listen, writes Peggy Noonan

(Newser) - A year into his presidency, President Obama isn't reading from the same page as the American people and may not even be reading from the same book, writes Peggy Noonan. A president needs to have a "deep and shrewd sense of the people," but Obama seems blind to...

Health Care Victory Will Cost Dems Pound of Flesh

GOP now needs to ensure their 2010 victory is justified

(Newser) - If the Democrats are able to cheer the passage of a health care bill in time for the State of the Union address they'll be "cheering their own demise," writes Peggy Noonan. The victory won't be worth the loss of support the party has suffered by pushing through...

Adam Lambert Is What Ails America
 Adam Lambert 
 Is What Ails America 
PEGGY NOONAN

Adam Lambert Is What Ails America

Bad public behavior is behind pessimistic national mood

(Newser) - America's in a funk and it's partly Adam Lambert's fault, according to Peggy Noonan. Polls show that pessimism is the prevailing national mood and that's got as much to do with fears about the direction of this country's culture as it does to do with economy, Noonan writes in the...

Obama's Suddenly a Centrist
 Obama's Suddenly a Centrist 
Peggy Noonan

Obama's Suddenly a Centrist

Shifting president must be worried about independents

(Newser) - President Obama must be worried about independents and moderates, because he’s made a dramatic shift to the center in recent days. In an economics speech Tuesday, Obama lavished praise on small businesses, promising tax cuts as incentives to grow. “This is how Republicans, moderates and centrists think, and...

Obama Faces War Without His Base
 Obama Faces War
Without His Base
PEGGY NOONAN

Obama Faces War Without His Base

Prez 'redeclared' Afghanistan war without Dems on board

(Newser) - It was reassuring to see a Democratic president admit that we're "in a real struggle with bad people," writes Peggy Noonan of Obama's Afghanistan speech, but it's too bad his supporters don't seem to be on board. Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and George W. Bush had a political...

This Photo May Symbolize Obama's Presidency
This Photo May Symbolize Obama's Presidency
PEGGY NOONAN

This Photo May Symbolize Obama's Presidency

It could become as iconic as Gerald Ford's stumble

(Newser) - A bow like the one President Obama gave the Japanese emperor isn't that big a deal, but neither was Gerald Ford's stumble down airplane steps, writes Peggy Noonan. Ford's stumble came to symbolize a presidency seen as bumbling, however. The photos of Obama bowing—paired with headlines labeling his Asian...

Voters Punished Obama, Dems for Going Deaf
 Voters Punished Obama, 
 Dems for Going Deaf 
PEGGY NOONAN

Voters Punished Obama, Dems for Going Deaf

Election should be a wake-up call for out-of-touch White House

(Newser) - The Democratic Party should view its walloping in Tuesday's election as an opportunity to start listening before it's too late, writes Peggy Noonan . The Democrats have been focusing on the wrong issues since they gained power last year and that explains the huge swing to the Republicans in Virginia and...

'Stupid' Leadership Has Sapped America's Hope

Business is losing faith as government spends like spoiled kids

(Newser) - The economy's growing again but the people Peggy Noonan talks to—"the American leadership class who are not in Washington, most especially those in business"—have lost their confidence that a turnaround is coming. That's because they don't think the government has any solutions to America's problems other...

It's Not Bush's Mess Anymore
 It's Not Bush's Mess Anymore 
PEGGY NOONAN

It's Not Bush's Mess Anymore

Obama needs to stop complaining about what he inherited, start fixing it

(Newser) - President Obama needs to stop complaining that he inherited a mess and realize that the mess is now all his, writes Peggy Noonan. The White House is once again reminding people what dire straits the country was in when Obama's presidency began, but—as the president's free-falling poll numbers prove—...

Enough Already! Stop Trying to Grow Government
Enough Already! Stop Trying to Grow Government
noonan to obama:

Enough Already! Stop Trying to Grow Government

We're already too crowded with social problems; no room left

(Newser) - The Obama administration hasn't just misjudged the national mood by trying to push through health care reform in the middle of a recession, it's misjudged the whole era we're living in, writes Peggy Noonan. This isn't the '30s, when income tax was new and the federal government was still lean,...

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