Saturday, November 28, 2009

Peggy Noonan Finally States The Obvious

Obama's White House has come to be viewed by the Washington "establishment" as amateurish:

"This week, two points in an emerging pointillist picture of a White House leaking support—not the support of voters, though polls there show steady decline, but in two core constituencies, Washington's Democratic-journalistic establishment, and what might still be called the foreign-policy establishment.

When longtime political observers start calling for wise men, a president is in trouble.

It also raises a distressing question: Who are the wise men and women now? Who are the Robert Lovetts, Chip Bohlens and Robert Strausses who can came in to help a president in trouble right his ship? America seems short of wise men, or short on those who are universally agreed to be wise. I suppose Vietnam was the end of that, but establishments exist for a reason, and it is hard for a great nation to function without the presence of a group of "the oldest and wisest" who can not only give sound advice but help engineer how that advice will be reported and received.

The Obama bowing pictures are becoming iconic not for those reasons, however, but because they express a growing political perception, and that is that there is something amateurish about this presidency, something too ad hoc and highly personalized about it, something . . . incompetent, at least in its first year." [Emphasis added].

To which I say: "Gee, you think?"  Who would have guessed that electing a guy with no actual experience - excepting running for higher office and then voting present once he landed there - could lead to such a perception?  Well, maybe Peggy Noonan missed it, but what about some 58,343,671 other voters?

No comments:

Post a Comment