The Refs say “we’re here.” The Browns say “wait ’til next year.”

Heard ya missed us. We’re back!

The NFL is the most successful sports corporation in America.   All the major sports, baseball, basketball, hockey run along similar business models, but football more than any other is run and acts like a corporate entity.  The bottom line is money and power and  with the money the NFL makes it is the unquestioned king of the hill  Every knee  bends and every head bows when the mighty NFL speaks.

This week though, the NFL heard the voice of the commoners as all hell broke loose following a spectacularly bad blown call by the scab referees the league hired to stand in for their real referees.   You don’t need me to tell you how awful the replacement refs were in the Packers/Seahawks debacle on Monday Night Football.   Everyone within earshot of a television heard all about it the next day as the worst case scenario for the NFL came to horrifying life.   The refs screwed up in a way that not even the NFL could cover up for their rank incompetence.   When the Today Show, Morning Joe, and other non-sports programs began to drop names that should only be familiar to Sportscenter viewers that’s not good.  When politicians from union busting Governor Scott Walker to President Obama agree its time to get the real referees back on the field, Commissioner Roger Goodell  had to drop his hardball negotiation position from “take it or leave it” to “what’s it gonna take to get you guys back?”

The NFL is very sensitive to what its image is with the public and these poor saps in stripes were putting the brand in jeopardy with their blown calls, extra time outs and deer-in-the-headlights reaction to large, smelly, 300 lb men screaming and spitting obscenities in their face.   The NFL was getting killed in the press with even ESPN jumping on the pile to pummel the league as greedy bastards who would rather sink the entire season than make 32 teams cough up an extra $100,000 each to cover the locked out refs pay raise.    You won’t find a gathering of more smugly arrogant men than a NFL owner’s meeting, but they aren’t deaf either.   When your bad refs are getting more publicity than  your good players, things have gone too far.   That was the breaking point where enough owners must have pulled Goodell’s coat sleeve and said, “Make the deal and get this done NOW.”

The real deal refs returned Thursday night to a standing ovation from the Baltimore Ravens crowd prior to the game against the hapless Cleveland Browns.   Their return will be scrutinized more than the game itself which was typical of everything that’s bad about the Browns since their former owner Art Modell ditched Cleveland to move the team to–wait for it–Baltimore.

It’s been a long, hard road for Browns fans.

I feel sorry for Browns fans.  They have to be going straight to heaven when they die because they’ve already been through hell.  Between bad owners, bad coaches, bad players, bad teams, it’s been a bad 13 years since the Browns returned.   Every few years it seems like there’s a new owner or another coach and a new face of the franchise, but nothing changes and the sucking never stops.   The NFL is a league where doormats can challenge for Super Bowls if they are run by smart people, get lucky, guess right and follow a plan to be competitive.

None of that seems to work for Cleveland.    There’s really no reason for the Browns to suck for 13 years since their return.  Everyone has had their share of  busted draft picks, incompetent GM’s, absentee owners, lousy coaches, free agents you wish had been free and just plain  bad luck.   The Browns have all this and they keep having it.

It’s hard to believe the Browns will suck forever, but until they don’t they have the misfortune of being bad and boring.    Their defense is short of stars while their best player, cornerback Joe Haden sits out a four game suspension, but they try hard and hit harder.  But bless their little hearts, they’re out there all day because the offense is simply offensive.   The Browns are starting rookies at wide receiver, right tackle, running back and quarterback which is a trial by fire.   One day they may be good, but now they’re simply learning to play together which means this is a work in progress instead of a finished product.

The NFL Network is the league’s in-house television network and it puts out a pretty ragged product.   I don’t think much of it’s “personalities” such as Rich Eisen or “experts” like Deion Sanders and Michael “Mush Mouth” Irvin who anchor the network’s game highlights show.   What’s worse is the package of Thursday games suck hard because the  match-ups usually are games the broadcast networks don’t find all that attractive.    Pro football dominates our collective consciousness on Sunday and Monday.     I love football too and between NBC, CBS and Fox as well as the NFL Sunday Ticket on Direct TV in addition to the NFL Network, I can see every game,  but the Thursday games run the risk of overexposure.

This made the Ravens/Browns game perfect for the NFL Network.   A divisional tilt between the up and coming Ravens and the gritty Browns is the difference between a team that knows it can win and the other that hopes they can keep the score respectable.    The defense did their part, but the Browns inept offense couldn’t finish and the Ravens beat their rival for a ninth consecutive time as the Browns finished the first month of the season with four losses.    That’s all, folks!   The leaves haven’t turned brown yet and the season is already over for the Brownies.

Welcome back refs.  Bye-bye Browns.  Better luck next year.  Again.   Your new owner spent a billion dollars to buy the team.   Next year he can start putting together his own instead of these leftovers that came with the purchase price.   The NFL realized they couldn’t get away with lousy officiating but charging an exorbitant price to watch lousy football for over a decade?   That, they have no problem with at all.

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Ann Coulter’s Grand Illusions of Knowledge

“Yes, I know all about Blacks. I had sex with J.J. Walker. That counts, right?”

If a writer is supposed to write what they know, what do they write about if they don’t know anything about the subject?

They write books where they spout their opinion and hope no one notices their grasp on the facts is shaky.   Ann Coulter knows just enough about politics to get on television, but not enough that she should be taken seriously.  What she’s serious about is being the scourge of liberals everywhere questioning their intelligence, honesty, patriotism and reason to exist.

Mugged is Coulter’s ninth book.  I’ve read none of them and this one will not be where I start.   I’m not her target demographic.  I’m not White.  I’m not a conservative.  I think for myself.   That pretty makes me unsuitable for a Coulter fan.  I was going to quote something from Mugged, but then I shrugged and said, “Nah.  Why bother?”  If I’m not going to read it and I’m certainly not going to review it, why should I help promote yet another  “Obama ain’t shit” book full of right-wing revisionism?

The only reason for mentioning this witch in the first place is she was on ABC’s This Week to drum up interest in the book and in the process showed  off the ignorance of her bony ass.

“I think what — the way liberals have treated blacks like children and many of their policies have been harmful to blacks, at least they got the beneficiary group right,” Coulter said. “There is the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow laws. We don’t owe the homeless. We don’t owe feminists. We don’t owe women who are desirous of having abortions, but that’s — or — or gays who want to get married to one another. That’s what civil rights has become for much of the left.”

When asked whether immigrant rights were not civil rights, Coulter responded, “No. I think civil rights are for blacks… What have we done to the immigrants? We owe black people something. We have a legacy of slavery. Immigrants haven’t even been in this country.”

Ann is down for the chocolate.

This reflects a fundamental failure to grasp what the Civil Rights movement was waged for.   Blacks were certainly beneficiaries of the reforms brought about by the passage of the ’64 and ’65 Civil Rights Acts, but it was never the sole purpose to help only African-Americans.     Martin Luther King, Jr., made it plain when he said,   “If physical death is the price that I must pay to free my white brothers and sisters from a permanent death of the spirit, then nothing can be more redemptive.”    It wasn’t just the souls of Black folks that were on the line.   White folks were  doomed to be destroyed by their own racism as much as any Negro.   Only radical surgery to expel the cancer of racial hatred from the hearts of America could spare it from a second Civil War.

Ann Coulter wouldn’t know anything about that.

It’s past time to call out frauds like Coulter and their revisionist readings of history.   It’s time to call out these pseudo “experts” who are only out to hustle another damn dollar.  Let Coulter kick liberals around for fun and profit, but she’s in over her head and out of her depth on race matters.  There is an argument to be made for the positive role played by conservatives in the great struggle for civil rights, but there is nothing in her history that suggests Coulter is the best woman to tell that story.

Has she ever authored a scholarly paper?   Has she ever demonstrated any skill, aptitude or interest in the big and complicated issue of American race relations?   One of the first questions a literary agent asks any author is, “What qualifies you to write this book?”   Everything we know about Coulter disqualifies her from writing authoritatively about race matters.

Coulter’s audience is whomever buys her books and believes she’s a great thinker.  It’s a great scam and it’s made Coulter wealthier beyond belief or her meager talent.  She is what she calls others; a demagogue who will slag war heroes, 9/11 widows, or anyone else she can make a buck off of.   Coulter has nothing to give to any dialogue about race because lacks integrity she knows nothing about the subject.

Besides relentlessly scorning all things Obama, what has Coulter had to say about an issue this complex?  Only to speak approvingly of former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain by saying, “our blacks are so much better than their blacks” because “you have fought against probably your family, probably your neighbors… that’s why we have very impressive blacks.”

Speaking of a Black man as if he were a pet that learned a new trick isn’t any compliment and as far as deep, critical thinking it’s worthless.   Except for separating suckers from their cash, is there any reason for Mugged to exist?

Coulter’s audience is whomever buys her books and believes she’s a great thinker.  It’s a great scam and it’s made Coulter wealthier beyond belief or her meager talent.  She is what she calls others; a demagogue who will slag war heroes, 9/11 widows, or anyone else she can make a buck off of.   Coulter has nothing to give to any dialogue about race because lacks integrity she knows nothing about the subject.

The caution to “consider the source” has never been truer than when someone who is clueless about the complexities of American race relations seeks to expound on it.   What makes Coulter qualified to pontificate about it?

If the answer is “nothing” then let’s call Mugged out for what it is;  another cynical cash grab by Coulter that does nothing to bring the nation any closer to racial reconciliation, but will make her accountant very happy.

Herman Cain: Shut Up, Fool!

“I did not have sexual relations with that woman…oh wait…yes, I did. And I’d like to again.”

It would be easy to give Mitt Romney the Shut Up, Fool! award for a second consecutive week.  Hell, after his “47 percent” remarks he’s made a strong bid for Lifetime Achievement status, but that was the Real Romney we heard sneering about the flotsam and jetsam of the country.   This was a country club,  wealthy, White Republican male bitching to other country club, wealthy White Republican males in his natural habitat.

Mitt didn’t misspeak.  He said what he meant and personally I found his momentary lapse of candor refreshing.  I don’t want him to stop now.  I want him to keep this up right up to Election Day.   There’s always another fool willing to step up and oh look, here’s a fool we haven’t heard from in a while.

When last we heard from Herman Cain  he was suspending his presidential campaign over allegations of sexual harassment were levied against him by several women, all White, emerged and another woman, also White, came forth detailing a long-term affair (ew!) with the former pizza CEO.

Cain quickly dropped out of sight and wasn’t asked to speak at the Republican National Convention, but he emerged from whatever rock he had been under to make several silly statements including if he hadn’t torched his own campaign with his inability to keep his sausage  in his pants, he would be beating President Obama in the polls.

“Stupid people are ruining America, and we’ve got to take it back,” he said at an appearance before 300 people at the University of Florida before he serenaded them with a rendition of “Believe In Yourself” from The Wiz.

Cain ended his political campaign amid allegations of multiple affairs and sexual harassment. But he said he would have a “substantial lead” over Obama if he had won the GOP nomination.

“The reason is quite simple: I have some depth to my ideas,” he said.

Depth to his ideas?   The only depth Cain cares about is the depth of a woman’s cleavage when he’s checking her out.

The only thing Cain brought to the Republican presidential primary was a total lack of qualifications and a lust for White women.   He said he would have no interest in serving in a Romney Administration.   Good thing.  There’s already servers, janitors and cooks working at the White House.   They don’t need Cain’s coonin’ ass making goo-goo eyes at Ann Romney.

If only Cain were the Republican nominee.   Obama would be up by 20 points and Republicans would be committing ritual suicide in mass numbers.   This election would already be over.  Alas, due to the Herminator fiendin’ for the White stuff we were denied the spectacle of Black-on-Black crime as Obama publicly kicked Cain’s ass in three televised debate/bitch slaps.

It was a missed opportunity for the American electorate but it’s good enough for a Shut Up, Fool! award.

She: “Herman, please! Not in public!”
He: “Michelle, don’t act like you don’t love my hat”

“The Raid” Redeems the Action Film.

What I miss most about the demise of the video store is the joy that comes with discovering a movie that never played in a local theater or breezed in and out so fast it might as well have never played at all.   This was the case with The Raid: Redemption .   It stuck into local theaters and out again before most American audiences got a chance to check it out.   Now that it’s out on DVD and Blu-ray, we have a second chance at redemption.

What does it take to breathe life into a tired genre?   If you’ve seen one “SWAT Team takes on the mad drug lord and his bloodthirsty henchmen and everything that could go wrong does go wrong” flick, you’ve seen them all.   But not until you see this one!  It will peel your eyeballs back.  Stuff gets real crazy real fast and it does not let up until the credits rolls.

I won’t tell you The Raid features of sparkling dialogue, great performances, a finely written script or even makes a lot of sense.  It’s a smash your head against the wall,  blow your hair back action movie that starts quietly (briefly) and gets loud, wild and way past your expectations.

What’s the story?  Who cares about the story?   Someone gets credit for writing a story and a screenplay, but none of it matters.  The director Gareth Evans is too busy zipping  from one teeth-ratting beatdown to worry about screenplay, characterization, motivation or anything that gets in the way of  the next big brawl.    This is 101 minutes of “DAMN!” moments and there are plenty of “damn” moments here.  There must have been a few stuntmen that thought at least once, “I’m not getting paid enough for this.”

This is an action movie with  makes no pretensions of being anything but that.   Here’s the plot summary.  Rama, (Iko Uwaus) a  rookie cop and expectant father is part of a 20 man SWAT team detailed with assaulting a 30-story high-rise in Jakarta to take down a ruthless  drug lord (is there any other kind?).   What they don’t know is the drug lord has cameras all over the building and once he has the cops trapped in the towers, it turns into a vertical run to the top to reach him before they are all slaughtered by the gang members.

I got your police brutality right here!

What we have here is a video game movie that isn’t based upon a video game, though it should have been since it’s just like a role-playing game.   The protagonist starts off armed to the teeth with shotguns and pistols and truncheons and as he works his way though the hallways he encounters increasingly tougher opponents until he gets to the main henchman, the appropriately named Mad Dog, a sawed-off little bastard with the worst case of Short Man’s Disease ever.

Remember that scene in Pulp Fiction where John Travolta has to give Uma Thurman a shot of adrenalin to bring her out of unconsciousness?   The Raid is a shot of pure adrenalin and it will hit you right between the eyes.    Why bother with Sly Stallone and his decrepit band of  80’s action stars turned  AARP ass-kickers in those tired Expendables movies when there are real martial artists making butt-kicking epics like this?

The Raid won’t win any Academy Awards and it’s about as deep as a puddle, but man it is a total rush.    As soon as it was over I wanted to watch it all over again.    It raises the roof and brings it crashing down on your head, and you’ll love every dazzling, bone snapping second.   The Avengers was the most fun I had at the movie theater this year.  The Raid is the most fun I’ve had watching a movie at home this year.

“Where’s that Sly Stallone sissy?”

Mitt’s Marie Antoinette Moment

 

romney  Design by Andrew Caldwell, Original Photo by Jewel Samad, AFP/Getty Images

It’s  early for this week’s Shut Up, Fool! Award, but Mitt Romney has already made a strong bid to lock it up twice in a row. We don’t know much of what Mitt believes in, but he’s made it clear, he believes anyone who supports President Obama is a freeloading maggot.

Mother Jones magazine has a tape of Mitt Romney speaking to a room full of donors and he makes it pretty clear what he thinks about a good-sized chunk of the American population:

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax.

Romney went on: “[M]y job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

Anyone who wants to be the President of the United States has to be represent all the country, not just part of it. In effect, Romney is saying he will work for 53 percent of Americans while the rest can drop dead.

I can hear the argument coming from Romney’s defenders even before they open their mouth. Let me stop them before they say it. You think it’s dirty pool to surreptitiously tape Romney without his knowledge? I’ll grant that it isn’t entirely ethical, but politically it’s entirely fair. Nobody on the Right squawked prior to the Pennsylvania primary in 2008 when Obama was caught saying about working class White voters, “And it’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

At that time Obama’s remarks were pounced upon by rivals Hillary Clinton and John McCain.   “It’s a remarkable statement and extremely revealing,” McCain adviser Steve Schmidt said “It shows an elitism and condescension towards hardworking Americans that is nothing short of breathtaking, it is hard to imagine someone running for president who is more out of touch with average Americans.”

It’s déjà vu all over again. This is Romney’s guns and God moment. He believes there are two Americas and any old person collecting Social Security, any veteran who receives treatment in a Veterans Administration hospital, and every child who isn’t going hungry because her family receives food stamps isn’t taking “personal responsibility.”

Mittens doesn’t stand for much, but what he does stand for is cold, callous and class warfare. What he said is the proof of what liberal economist John Kenneth Galbraith once observed, The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.

With his poorly thought out statements about the Middle East protests, Romney displayed his unfitness for the presidency. These remarks should cost him dearly. 50 days away from the election and Romney has demonstrated he doesn’t give a damn about nearly half of the country.

Last week Mitt Romney demonstrated his unfitness for the office of the presidency.  This week he demonstrated he’s a wealthy plutocrat who looks down his elitist nose at anyone who isn’t White, rich and privileged.   He doesn’t deserve to be president.  He isn’t ready to be president.   He shouldn’t be president.

Keep reminding yourself that when you go to the polls in less than 60 days and vote accordingly.

Mitt Romney: Shut Up, Fool!

Don’t give this dope more chances to say dumb things.

There were other worthy candidates for the Shut Up, Fool! award.  Finding fools that say stupid things in a week’s time is not a problem.  It’s never a problem during election season.  The worst problem is there so much stupidity and so little space to call them all out.

Ohio Governor John Kasich made a strong play for the award.   Speaking at a rally for Mitt Romney he said, “It’s not easy to be a spouse of an elected official.  You know, they’re at home, doing the laundry and doing so many things while we’re up here on the stage getting a little bit of applause, right? They don’t often share in it. And it is hard for the spouse to hear the criticism and to put up with the travel schedule and to have to be at home taking care of the kids. And where is the politician? Out on the road.”

I feel for your wife, Governor.  Washing your Fruit of the Looms can’t be an easy task.  Mostly because you’re so full of shit.

Then there was Jay “Crybaby” Cutler, the quarterback of the Chicago Bears.   Prior to a Thursday night tilt against the Green Bay Packers, Cutler, basking in the afterglow of a Week One victory over the Indianapolis Colts, wished the Packers defensive backs “good luck” in trying to stop his new wide receivers, 6-5, 230 Brandon Marshall and 6-3, 214, Alshon Jeffrey.

The Packers harassed, hit and sacked Cutler seven times and when he wasn’t picking himself off the not yet frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, Cutler threw four interceptions and yelling at his offensive linemen.   Marshall caught two passes for a meaningless 24 yards, while dropping a certain touchdown pass in the end zone and Jeffrey added one reception for seven yards.

After the game Packers cornerback Tramon Williams said, “I don’t think we were doing anything to him. We were just having ‘good luck’ out there.”

When you flop as spectacularly as Cutler and the Bears flopped the odd of Cutler opening his trash-talking yap again this season should have dropped somewhere between zero and sub-zero.  They probably won’t though because on top of being a crybaby, Jay Cutler simply isn’t very smart.

But there’s no way to take the award away from Mitt Romney.   He worked for it, he earned it and nobody can deny him from it.   Not only was Mittens both stupid and wrong, he was malicious in his callous comments after the attacks on American embassies in the Middle East and the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens.

The reactions to Romney’s remarks were swift and savage.

I’ve said all I need to say how craven Romney is and how cruelly indifferent to the deaths of good people trying to do a tough job, he showed to the American people his unfitness for the office of the presidency.  This won’t cost Romeny the election, but it adds to the reasons to vote against him.  I leave the last word on this sorry display by a desperate politician to   former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough who said writing in Politico, ““And the lesson is clear: If we want to win the battle of ideas in the long term, we should be willing to face the fact that Mitt Romney is likely to lose — and should, given that he’s neither a true conservative nor a courageous moderate. He’s just an ambitious man.”

Mitt Romney certainly is ambitious.  He also needs to Shut Up, Fool! 

Mitt Makes Matters Worse

Even before the dead are buried, Mitt uses them for his own purposes.

The day after both presidential candidates called an unofficial truce to observe the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on America, Mitt Romney went back on the offensive with a both barrels attack on the Obama Administration. Responding to a statement made by the U.S. Embassy in Cairo condemning an anti-Islamic video playing on You Tube supported by Terry Jones, the Koran-burning preacher, that had led to violence in Egypt and particularly Libya which had taken the life of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others on his staff.

With less than 60 days to the election, the Republican response to the violence was predictable. We certainly didn’t have to wait for long for the predictable partisan attempt to hang the corpse of Ambassador Stevens around the neck of President Obama.

– At 10:09 p.m. ET, the Romney campaign sends out a statement to reporters. It’s “embargoed until midnight tonight,” i.e., until after the 9/11 anniversary. Romney:

I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. It’s disgraceful that the Obama Administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.

At 10:24, the campaign lifts the embargo and reporters start mentioning the statement.

– At 12:01 a.m. ET, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus tweets:

Notice that the timestamp says “9:01 p.m.” Twitter’s website is cued to Pacific Time. Both the RNC and the Romney campaign were honoring a 9/11 embargo that ended only when 9/12 came to the Eastern time zone.

Two men have a huge problem here. President Obama because he is the Commander-in-Chief and this crisis is one he, along with Secretary of State Clinton will have to deal with. This is the job. Let’s see how they do it.

The other man with a problem is Romney. He can play to the red-meat base and rip into Obama as a secret Muslim sympathizer and assert control of the situation in a John Wayne way by sending in the Marines to kick some ass. Or he can display some sober reasoning that he may not be in possession of all of the facts (there are reports the attacks in Libya were planned to coincide with the 9/11 observances).
It’s also worth noting how the masters of outrage on the Right have their ass on their shoulders over the embassy’s condemnation of the anti-Islamic film, but the film itself is fine and dandy because it’s protected hate free speech. And it’s very bad form for a presidential candidate to rush to the  microphones and criticize the incumbent during a crisis in a transparent attempt to score political points without waiting for all the facts.

Romney should have been more careful in his criticisms of the Obama Administration. His own lack of foreign policy experience and shoot-from-the-lip attacks on the president could send a signal to Islamic radicals in Libya and Egypt the nation is fractured and confused and lead to the deaths of more American personnel. The easiest thing in the world is to say is “You’re doing it wrong” when you haven’t explained how you would do it right.

Stevens was killed in the line of duty.

Romney has cynically decided there is more upside for him to criticize the State Department and Obama than to show any solidarity with the president when the nation’s diplomats are under siege.

Does offer a word of sympathy to the family of Ambassador Stevens? Does he demonstrate any concern for the American personnel still in harm’s way? Does he possess even a shred of support to the President of the United States in a time of crisis and the day after the 11th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack against the American homeland.

No. He does not. That would be the decent thing to do. That would be the honorable thing to do. But that isn’t what Mitt Romney does because he is a man of little decency and less honesty. He is the anti-Obama and he can only rip, shred and tear at the president in the hope it will boost his poll numbers a notch or two.

Decency and honesty take extended holidays in the final weeks of an election.

But that’s Romney for you. You never open your mouth until you know what the shot is.If he can’t think on his feet he should keep his mouth closed.

 

Peggy vs. the Prez: Charm Turns to Contempt.

“Obama? Oh yeah. He sucks.”

While President Obama’s DNC speech wasn’t as rousing as those delivered by Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama according to one of his former fans turned into one of his biggest critics, it was duller than watching paint dry.

“Barack Obama is deeply overexposed and often boring. He never seems to be saying what he’s thinking. His speech Thursday was weirdly anticlimactic. There’s too much buildup, the crowd was tired, it all felt flat. He was somber, and his message was essentially banal: We’ve done better than you think. Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?


There were many straw men. There were phrases like “the shadow of a shuttered steel mill,” which he considers writerly. But they sound empty and practiced now, like something you’ve heard in a commercial or an advertising campaign. It was stale and empty. He’s out of juice.”

That’s harsh, but what’s harsher is how Peggy Noonan  evolved from loving Obama to spitting on the ground he walks on.

There’s no reason to believe Noonan, a  former speechwriter for Ronald Reagan and currently a Wall Street Journal hack for Rupert Murdoch.  Noonan is disgusted by Obama now, but back in the day she was singing his praises

The case for Barack Obama, in broad strokes:  He has within him the possibility to change the direction and tone of American foreign policy, which need changing; his rise will serve as a practical rebuke to the past five years, which need rebuking; his victory would provide a fresh start in a nation in which a fresh start would come as a national relief. He climbed steep stairs, born off the continent with no father to guide, a dreamy, abandoning mother, mixed race, no connections. He rose with guts and gifts. He is steady, calm, and, in terms of the execution of his political ascent, still the primary and almost only area in which his executive abilities can be discerned, he shows good judgment in terms of whom to hire and consult, what steps to take and moves to make.

We witnessed from him this year something unique in American politics: He took down a political machine without raising his voice.

A great moment: When the press was hitting hard on the pregnancy of Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old daughter, he did not respond with a politically shrewd “I have no comment,” or “We shouldn’t judge.” Instead he said, “My mother had me when she was 18,” which shamed the press and others into silence. He showed grace when he didn’t have to.

Peg and the Prez in happier times.


Fast-forward three years later and
she’s hating on him something fierce and charm has turned to contempt.

“I never loved Barack Obama. That said, among my crowd who did ‘love’ him, I can’t think of anyone who still does.” Why is Mr. Obama different from Messrs. Clinton and Bush? “Clinton radiated personality. As angry as folks got with him about Nafta or Monica, there was always a sense of genuine, generous caring.” With Bush, “if folks were upset with him, he still had this goofy kind of personality that folks could relate to. You might think he was totally misguided but he seemed genuinely so. . . . Maybe the most important word that described Clinton and Bush but not Obama is ‘genuine.’” He “doesn’t exude any feeling that what he says and does is genuine.”

and then there’s this:

The president, if he is seriously trying to avert a debt crisis, should stay in his office, meet with members, and work the phones, all with a new humility, which would be well received. It is odd how he patronizes those with more experience and depth in national affairs.

He should keep his face off TV. He should encourage, cajole, work things through, be serious, get a responsible deal, and then re-emerge with joy and the look of a winner as he jointly announces it to the nation. Then his people should leak that he got what he wanted, the best possible deal, and the left has no idea the ruin he averted and the thanks they owe him.

For now, for his sake and the sake of an ultimate plan, he should choose Strategic Silence. Really, recent presidents forget to shut up. They lose sight of how grating they are.

When Noonan isn’t calling Obama “boring” and “a loser”, she’s suggesting he should simply “shut up.”   Is Miss Peggy is exhibiting some lingering regrets over her 2009 dinner with Obama at George Will’s house with fellow conservative attendees Bill Kristol, Rich Lowry, Charles Krauthammer, and Larry Kudrow?

Where is the love?  Did Obama take his shoes off at the dinner table, belch and fart or steal the silverware?

Why Noonan went from the world’s oldest Obama girl to ripping him without mercy is a mystery.   Did she wake up from a Hope and Change high to realize, “Crap, I forgot I’m supposed to be ripping this guy a new hole two or three times a week.”    If Obama thought he could charm his conservative critics, he’s learned it’s not happenng.

I thought Cornel West had set Usain Bolt-like speed records in going from admiration to detestation of the president without stopping at self-enlightenment, but Noonan is overcompensating for the heresy of her earlier “Barack is so dreamy” crush by eviscerating him without mercy.

Strange how Noonan once admired Obama for showing decency to Sarah Palin but  joined her in hating him.   It’s true that no good deed goes unpunshed.

When Ronnie met Peggy.