Monday, January 21, 2008

On Notice: Peggy Noonan and Bill Clinton

We almost pulled our bi-partisan muscle this morning putting these two up on the same post. Former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan and former president Bill Clinton may come from opposite sides of the political spectrum, but they share a cozy nook in the annoying pinhead cafe of public spectacle. Noonan, who is best known for crafting some of Reagan's best speeches (Boys of Point Du Hoc, the national address on the Challenger disaster and also coined the phrase, "kinder, gentler nation" for old man Bush) is showing up more and more bringing her perfectly parsed articulate brand of disconnected cornball bullshit to the pundit circuit. She is the only woman who can make flawless elocution tantamount to smacking gum or talking on a cellphone in a restaurant.

And Bill, angry pissy Bill. The former president has been a grade-a asshole throughout this primary season, sowing seeds of discontent amongst the electorate and allowing out-sourced campaign tactics (i.e. push-polling that uses Senator Obama's full name repeatedly) that would have Karl Rove buying him lap dances if they were hanging out at a strip joint together. I wish I could take credit for it, but Katrina vanden Heuvel of the The Nation quoted a source within the Clinton campaign calling him a "little league dad having a temper tantrum". The always wonderfully dry George Will referred to him as an "olympic class whiner"and his campaign Tourettes as a "metabolic urge" - perfect.

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