NOONAN: “And so his failures in the debt ceiling fight. He wasn’t serious, he was only shrewd—and shrewdness wasn’t enough. He demagogued the issue—no Social Security checks—until he was called out, and then went on the hustings spouting inanities. He left conservatives scratching their heads: They could have made a better, more moving case for the liberal ideal as translated into the modern moment, than he did. He never offered a plan. In a crisis he was merely sly. And no one likes sly, no one respects it.

So he is losing a battle in which he had superior forces—the presidency, the U.S. Senate. In the process he revealed that his foes have given him too much mystique. He is not a devil, an alien, a socialist. He is a loser. And this is America, where nobody loves a loser.

And so it is at 10 am ET on July 29, 2011 that Peggy Noonan, the great mind of the Washington Beltway, has come to a conclusion that was so readily obvious to the rest of 3-4 years ago. But, if we may be so bold as to offer a correction to the great Noonan: Barack Obama is an unloved loser, because he’s a socialist. And this is America, where socialists don’t get elected without the love and affection of Beltway Insider Intellectuals named Noonan or Brooks.

[Read Peggy Noonan’s “They’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling — Obama still has supporters, but theirs is a grim support” at the Wall Street Journal]

Here’s Noonan defending her column from the DEEPLY OFFENDED non-partisan, objective journalist, Mika Zzezhinksi (sp)..


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