She grabs the pulse of America and lays it out there for all to read.
Loyal readers know that I’m a big Peggy Noonan fan.
She sees things that other people don’t see … until it’s too late.
Here’s what Noonan had to say in her post-election column: What Comes After the Uprising
Donald Trump said he had a movement and he did.
This is how you know.
His presidential campaign was bad—disorganized, unprofessional, chaotic, ad hoc.
There was no state-of-the-art get-out-the-vote effort—his voters got themselves out.
There was no high-class, high-tech identifying of supporters — they identified themselves.
They weren’t swayed by the barrage of brilliantly produced ads — those ads hardly materialized.
This was not a triumph of modern campaign modes and ways.
The people did this. As individuals within a movement.
Trump supporters are overwhelmingly citizens of good will and patriotic intent who never deserved to be deplored as racist, sexist, thuggish.
It was a natural, self-driven eruption.
Which makes it all the more impressive and moving.
And it somehow makes it more beautiful that few saw it coming.
While says modestly that she didn’t see it coming, I beg to differ.
Here’s the proof …
We’ve often blogged off of Noonan’s columns.
For the record, here’s a recap of what she saw coming … click the links for the full stories.
“The biggest long-term threat is that people are becoming and have become disheartened … that this condition is reaching critical mass … and that it afflicts most broadly and deeply those Americans who are not in Washington.”
July 30, 2013: Noonan: “People stop listening …”
“I think every president in the intense media environment we have now, certainly every two-term president, gets to a point where the American people stop listening, stop leaning forward hungrily for information.
I think this president got there earlier than most presidents.
And I think he’s in that time now.”
October 28, 2013: Noonan: Cruising on the Titanic?
Regarding the ObamCare rollout:
“And there is the enduring mystery of why the president, who in his career has attempted to persuade the American people to have greater faith in and reliance on the federal government’s ability to help, continues to go forward with an astounding lack of interest
President Obama talks but he doesn’t implement, never makes it work.
He allows his signature program, the one that will make his name in the history books, to debut in failure.
In response he says bland, rounded words that leave you wondering what just got said.”
August 9, 2016: Is America becoming an “kakistocracy”?
“I end with a word that speaks of the moment we’re in.
It is “kakistocracy.”
From the Greek, it means government by the worst persons, by the least qualified or most unprincipled.
We’re on our way there, aren’t we?”
August 15, 2016: Noonan: “A historic decoupling between the top and the bottom …”
Regarding Angela’s Merkel’s policies free-flowing refugees into Germany:
“ Ms. Merkel, her cabinet and government, the media and cultural apparatus that lauded her decision were not in the least affected by it and likely never will be.
Nothing in their lives will get worse.
The powerful show no particular sign of worrying about any of this.
When the working and middle class push back in shocked indignation, the people on top call them “xenophobic,” “narrow-minded,” “racist.”
The detached, who made the decisions and bore none of the costs, got to be called “humanist,” “compassionate,” and “hero of human rights.””
September 2, 2016: Noonan: “Can Anxiety Beat Depression in November?”
“Mrs. Clinton is depression:
You know exactly who she is, what trouble she brings — she always brings that sack full of scandal — and you know deep down that she won’t make anything better.
Mr. Trump is anxiety:
If you back him you know you’re throwing the long ball, a real Hail Mary pass to the casino developer and reality TV star who may or may not know how to catch the ball when catching the ball means everything.
But he’s entertaining — he scrambles all categories, makes things chaotic.
Noonan’s conclusion: “in America anxiety beats depression because it’s the more awake state”.
You knew, Peggy … didn’t you?