Noonan in the Sky with Diamonds
Give Peggy Noonan credit: She's not going to let a mere heat-based hallucination deter her columnizing. Indeed, in today's Wall Street Journal, she draws back the curtain on the workings of her own, uhm, gelatinous muse to demonstrate a causal relationship:
the humidity [is] just high enough that you feel like you're walking through pleasantly warm gelatin as you walk along the streets. A good time for a general political overview, I say.
Hear, hear! A good time, too, to administer transitions as though you're in the lightning-round of Password:
. . . half the country would be relieved to have a lazy president as he'd do less and make us less nervous.
And there is Iraq.
So there is! But what of. . .the bookends of terror? Let Peggy, uhm, explain:
It started with terror and has ended with no-terror-since.And with that settled, we're off, of course, to the next obvious transition:
That's a big reason [Bush's] base is still with him, and that's why a lot of Americans, when you come right down to it, are with him.
Those are the bookends. And the great question of course is: Will the second bookend hold? Every fact of our domestic political future rests on the answer to that.
A word on Mrs. Bush. Everyone knows she is popular and admired . . .Indeed. By plasticene people with looking-glass eyes. --HOLLY MARTINS