I’ve read her faithfully for years. She fed my young conservative spirit with words of understanding, encouragement, and perseverance during those long dark days called “The Clinton Years.” Her beautiful writings strengthened the fearful me like a bulwark during the months following 9/11. She was, and still is, a conservative role model and patriot of the highest degree. But why doesn’t she see Sarah Palin like I see Sarah Palin? Read more about Peggy Noonan’s thoughts on Sarah, her biography below, and watch a video.

A few days ago, Peggy Noonan wrote an essay for the Wall Street Journal called “Palin’s Failin’.” Her basic premise is that after 8 weeks on the campaign trail, she has no idea whatsoever what Sarah Palin stands for or that she has the tools, the equipment, the knowledge or the philosophical grounding hoped for and expected in a holder of high office.

Peggy, in her essay, also contends that Sarah Palin is a person of great ambition. But what is the purpose of the ambition? She wants to rise, but what for?

“For seven weeks I’ve listened to her, trying to understand if she is Bushian or Reaganite—a spender, to speak briefly, whose political decisions seem untethered to a political philosophy, and whose foreign policy is shaped by a certain emotionalism, or a conservative whose principles are rooted in philosophy, and whose foreign policy leans more toward what might be called romantic realism, and that is speak truth, know America, be America, move diplomatically, respect public opinion, and move within an awareness and appreciation of reality.

But it’s unclear whether she is Bushian or Reaganite. She doesn’t think aloud. She just . . . says things.”

A cut to the heart! Peggy, are we on the same planet? In 8 minutes I can do a google search and find factual, documented information on Governor Sarah Palin and her record that would make President Ronald Reagan stand up and call her blessed!

We all know Sarah’s basic bio: She is a first time governor of Alaska (and the 11th governor of the state itself) and a former city mayor. She was on an oil/energy commission, which she resigned from, after disagreeing with policy and alleged graft. She was on her local PTA and a confessed hockey mom.

But she is also a conservative who cut various taxes in Alaska, and is pro-natural gas pipeline. She took away revenue monies from the state oil companies because she felt they were taking too much from the people of her state. She is not pro-gay marriage or pro-changing the Constitution to include gay marriage, but after the Alaska State Supreme Court ruled to extend said benefits to gay couples, Palin agreed to follow the highest court of the state, and extend said benefits. She is unashamedly pro-life.

She has been asked point-blank, in forums ranging from a single citizen questioner to a vice presidential debate moderator, how she feels on gay marriage. Like Joe Biden, she is not pro-gay marriage, but she has voiced an opinion that the Constitution should not be re-written (actually a misconception, since the Constitution has nothing to do with marriage) and that she respects state rights. According to the official Web site of the Office of the Governor of Alaska, Governor Palin’s “top priorities have been resource development, education and workforce development, public health and safety, and transportation and infrastructure development.”

And her personal life? We know more about Sarah Palin in her 8 weeks on the campaign then we do of most lifelong politicians. Formerly a Catholic, now non-denominational born-again Christian who married her high school sweetheart whom she still loves dearly and has 5 pretty terrific kids with him. The other stuff? Really just tabloid.

In reading Peggy’s article the part that stood out to me the most was this:

“In the past two weeks she has spent her time throwing out tinny lines to crowds she doesn’t, really, understand. This is not a leader, this is a follower, and she follows what she imagines is the base, which is in fact a vast and broken-hearted thing whose pain she cannot, actually, imagine. She could reinspire and reinspirit; she chooses merely to excite. She doesn’t seem to understand the implications of her own thoughts.”

With all due respect, how can Peggy say that? First, how incredibly rude, minimizing, and dismissive of the good accomplishments of Governor Palin’s public service. Secondly, has she been there on the campaign trail? Has she seen the families who line up in droves with their special needs babies in their arms waving at Sarah – identifying with her, loving her? Has she seen the big burly union workers holding up signs declaring their full support? It was just a couple of weeks ago that Peggy was gushing Sarah’s praises.

I am sorry to say Peggy you’ve missed it on this. I hope it’s not because you are simply ‘out of touch’ with average Americans across the country or that worse, you judge her from an elitist insider’s world shared by both parties. The Republicans haven’t had a deep, refreshing breath of fresh air in a very long time. Don’t ruin this one.

Peggy Noonan Biography

Margaret Ellen “Peggy” Noonan was born on September 7, 1950, in Brooklyn, New York so her age is 58. She is a graduate of Rutherford High School in Rutherford, New Jersey and of Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Peggy was a primary speech writer and Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan -see several fun photos below.

In 1984, Peggy, as a speechwriter for President Reagan, authored his “Boys of Pointe du Hoc” speech on the 40th anniversary of D-day. She also wrote Reagan’s address to the nation after the Challenger explosion, drawing upon the poet John Magee’s famous words about aviators who “slipped the surly bonds of earth… and touched the face of God.”

Later, while working for then-Vice President George H. W. Bush, Peggy coined the phrase “a kinder, gentler nation” and “a thousand points of light”, used frequently by President Bush 41. Peggy also wrote the speech in which Bush pledged: “Read my lips: no new taxes” during his 1988 presidential nomination acceptance speech in New Orleans.

Peggy Noonan is a columnist for The Wall Street Journal and the best selling author of seven books on American politics, history and culture. Her essays have appeared in Forbes, Time, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the New York Times as well as other publications.

She holds honorary doctorates from Adelphi University, St. John Fisher College, Miami University, and her alma mater, Fairleigh Dickinson University.

She is a frequent guest on political talk shows. She has also been nominated for Emmy Awards for the writing of a post-9/11 television special and for her work on the television drama The West Wing.

Peggy is a member of the board of the Manhattan Institute. She is divorced with one son named Will. She lives in New York City.

Her current book, Patriotic Grace, is available now.





“Peggy Noonan on Palin’s Debate” Video