Peggy Noonan, in the WSJ, blamed Trump for the failed Coup (!).
Don Surber responded:
She wrote, “Iâ€™m thinking of the old ambassadors, mostly men in their 60s, 70s and 80s. Theyâ€™re woven into the town, solid citizens, friends of journalists, occasionally sources, and they know things. Theyâ€™re mostly retired, and at lunch at clubs in town often begin sentences with ‘And so I told Zbig . . .’ Thereâ€™s a bit of lost glory with them, but they care about America, are personally invested in it, love it with an old-school love, and respect systems, knowing that creativity â€” in art, science and diplomacy â€” can only be born within a certain immediate order.”
Zbig is Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski, who advised LBJ and was Carter’s national security adviser. On his watch, we doubled down on Vietnam (LBJ) and lost Iran and the Panama Canal under Carter.
But he made the cocktail circuit.
President Donald John Trump does not curry DC’s favor. He does not need them. He is a garish playboy billionaire who saved Manhattan only to be resented by Manhattan’s elitists who look down on his Outer Borough ways.
He is saving the country and the people who will in the long term benefit most â€” the elitists â€” are spitting angry.
She wrote, “Pretty quickly and to the entire edifice of Washington, it became clear Donald Trump was not a Jacksonian shock to the system, which is what his supporters think he was. He was a daily system overload, a one-man frying of the grid.”
If one man, even a president, can overload a grid, then you need a better grid.
But the fact is, they did this to themselves and refuse to accept responsibility. Anyone can cut you off in traffic; you decide whether to turn that into Road Rage.
We know what she (and they) decided.
Noonan wrote, “Their fears about him werenâ€™t assuaged by trusty old hands inside the White House because those hands werenâ€™t there. They didnâ€™t join the administration, because they didnâ€™t want their rÃ©sumÃ©s tainted or they thought wise counsel would never be heeded. Or because theyâ€™d signed a letter opposing him in 2016 and would never be forgiven.
“So a lot of good people didnâ€™t come in or werenâ€™t allowed in. And those who did work for the president came to seem strange â€” fierce, emotional, half mad themselves. There were good people there â€” the generals were solid â€” but one by one they left.”
The message from DC is clear: work for The Donald and you end your career.
So much for her illusion of this crowd being public servants. If you love your country, you serve when called.
Hers is a roundabout way to blame President Trump for the attempted coup by the Deep State and the Fourth Estate, which awarded her a Pulitzer for her contributions to this effort.
She wrote, “It was all this â€” the presidentâ€™s disdain, his well-fed resentments â€” that not only left Washington thinking Mr. Trump was crazy. It made Washington itself a fertile field for crazy. It was in this atmosphere that the Steele dossier, with its whacked out third-rate spy fiction, became believable, that sober-minded officials reportedly wondered if they should wear wires when they met with the president.
“He destabilized the entire town.”
No. The town’s Road Rage against him comes from their refusal to accept the will of the people and the policies that serve America and not Washington.
She is rooting for Democrats to offer a safe choice who will calm the waters, this shaming the legacy of Ronald Reagan for whom she once worked. Oh well, she always said Dan Rather was her favorite boss.
Hers is a cry from Versailles for Sloppy Joe Biden to save them from this Orange Man who wants to Make America Great Again.
Biden’s slogan is “America’s Coming Back Like We Used To Be.”
By America, he means the people who chatted with Zbig at cocktail parties.
But that is not going to happen. It’s over.
Peggy, Catholic, Irish, and of working-class origin, is still bedazzled by the charm, prestige, and life-style of the American Elite Establishment. She fails to recognize that they are too commonly just like Scott Fitzgerald’s Buchanans:
“â€œThey were careless people, Tom and Daisy- they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.â€