Check out this November 5, 2004 Washington Post chat between readers, Peggy Noonan and Donna Brazile. Here’s Noonan’s answer to the following question:

“Cleveland, Ohio: Is there a party for someone who favors small government, fiscal restraint, a strong national defense and a hands-off attitude on social issues?

Peggy Noonan: Smaller government? The Dems will never, ever give you that. Lower taxes? Go Republican. A just and fair tax code? Watch the Republican president. Wedge issues? Blame judges: they distort the system, and the GOP resists their distortion. A strong defense? The whole history of the past 40 years is weak Dems and strong Reps. You may be a libertarian but keep watchin the Republicans: they are the long term hope.”

Yesterday, in the Wall Street Journal, Noonan wrote the following:

“The Republican (as opposed to conservative) default position when faced with criticism of the Bush administration is: But Kerry would have been worse! The Democrats are worse! All too true… But saying The Bush administration is a lot better than having Democrats in there is not an answer to criticism, it’s a way to squelch it. Which is another Bridge to Nowhere.”

Peggy Noonan: somewhere out there, there’s a bridge with your name on it.

BEGALA AWARD NOMINEE: “At every turn [Oliver Twist] is menaced by adults whose grotesqueness, while comical, is also a measure of their moral deformity, and of the ugliness of the society that makes them possible. The worst thing about these villains, who tend to occupy positions of at least relative power, is that they believe their sadism and lack of compassion to be the highest expressions of benevolence. Like Barbara Bush after seeing the “underprivileged” citizens of New Orleans exiled to the Astrodome, they insist on telling Oliver that things are working out pretty well for him.” – A. O. Scott, New York Times today.


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