The Spectacle Blog

Peggy’s Ripples

By on 2.17.06 | 8:51AM

The problem with Peggy Noonan's bizarre, rambling column yesterday is that when she floats the idea of Cheney's ouster in the Wall Street Journal, it's not just one woman's ramblings in a local paper. Her idle, factless speculation rests on her laurels and the reputation of her publication. And to at least the left and the media, if not the rest of the country, that counts for a great deal. So it's no surprise that Howie Kurtz leads with her column today:

What did surprise me was this Peggy Noonan column in the Wall Street Journal. She, after all, is a former Reagan and Bush White House speechwriter who took a leave in 2004 to work for the president's reelection. But here she is putting into play the question of not only whether Cheney is damaged goods but whether he might have to pack his bags...

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Re: Stretching the Definition

By on 2.16.06 | 4:58PM

Bloomberg scoffed yesterday in response to that New York Observer article. The AP reporter writes that the Observer's primary source "enjoys winking at the rumor as one of his favorite reporter-torturing devices."

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Orange Necktie Day

By on 2.16.06 | 2:07PM

I hereby declare tomorrow Orange Necktie Day. Every guy who wants to show his support for the Veep should wear an orange (preferably "target orange") necktie. This doesn't exclude you, ladies. Orange scarves are in order.

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Re: Stretching the Definition

By on 2.16.06 | 1:50PM

John, The best part is Bloomberg's aide's comment to the reporter, "Still not ready to discuss the strategy for the early primary states." There's several carts before horses here: you need an overall strategy before you have one for early primary states; you have to be a serious candidate to have an overall strategy; your candidacy needs a snowball's chance in hell before you're a serious candidate. Of course, these points are all debatable, but suffice it to say this Sheekey's way out ahead of himself. If Bloomberg ever wants to have a chance or gets serious, he might consider getting rid of his deputy mayor.

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Stretching the Definition of “Sane”

By on 2.16.06 | 12:58PM

Every once in a while you get a glimpse of how remarkably out of touch New York City's elites can be with national politics. The latest example: presidential buzz for Nurse Bloomberg, stoked by a longtime aide. Lunacy.

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Yeah, We Totally Hang Out all the Time!

By on 2.16.06 | 12:35PM

Jack Abramoff was reportedly fond of boasting about his ties to Karl Rove. Noam Scheiber, no friend of the Bush administration, is appropriately skeptical when it comes to Abramoff's word.

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Such a Winter’s Day

By on 2.16.06 | 12:19PM

The best part of being away from Washington is being away from Washington. Here in Santa Barbara I learn of problems even the White House press corps wouldn't blame on Dick Cheney. There is movement afoot in northern Santa Barbara County to split off and form a new (Mission) county. Or at least to relocate major county offices to Santa Maria, which, ever since the Michael Jackson trial and a housing boom fueled by prices more affordable than Santa Barbara's highest in the nation, is feeling its oats and no longer wants to be seen as a country backwater.

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Re: Reboot Peggy

By on 2.16.06 | 12:12PM

That's one weird column. The hypothetical Cheney replacement "would have to be a man wildly popular in the party and the press," says Noonan. She punts on naming a name, naturally, since approximately no one is "wildly popular" with the GOP base and with our esteemed press corps. So what was her point, again?

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Post-Muslims, Post-Iraq

By on 2.16.06 | 12:10PM

Batchelor on Mad Max Ahmadinejad calls to light a prophetic (1987) presumption belonging to Philip Rieff, king of sociologists with whom you should all get quickly acquainted:

"I persist [he wrote] in thinking, until better informed, that even Islamic jihadists are really therapeutic ideologists, who, like the Irish Catholic terrorists of the IRA, mobilize backward masses to gain power any man in good faith may live to regret."

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The Journalism Paycheck Wars

By on 2.16.06 | 11:43AM

Aren't over by any means. Iain Murray defended the practice "in our pages" a couple weeks ago, writing that pundits' arguments should be challenged, not their paymasters. One pundit accused of "payola," longtime TAS contributor Michael Fumento, fires back at mainstream media journalists engaged in very similar activity.

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