Peggy Noonan is at it again as she undoubtedly displays the frustration that establishment and elite media hold for the American people.
Her latest column starts off by accurately portraying the voters as being frustrated with outsiders telling them what to do.
Alabama has its back up, or at least its Republicans and conservatives do, and it’s understandable. They don’t like when Northerners and liberals and people in Washington tell them who their senator should be. They don’t like when reporters from outside come down and ask questions and turn over rocks looking for what’s crawling on the underside. There’s always an underside. Man is made from crooked timber.
People from the Deep South feel culturally patronized. This is because they are. Reporters from outside don’t admire or relate to them; when a Washington Post journalist presented as fact, in a 1993 news report, that evangelical Christians are “largely poor, uneducated and easy to command,” you know he was thinking of Southern evangelicals. Hollywood has long cast Southerners as witless and brutish in films from “Inherit the Wind” to “Deliverance” and “Mississippi Burning.”
Politically, Southern conservatives have long decried a double standard. Ted Kennedy spent much of his life as a somewhat inebriated roué whose actions caused the death of a young woman, but now we’re instructed to call him the Lion of the Senate. Bill Clinton was worse than Roy Moore.
But then she goes on to do exactly what she accurately states that southern voters are sick of:
Alabamans who continue to back Mr. Moore are making a terrible mistake.
I put it on the women because Republican men there right now are lost. They are busy playing to every stereotype every bigot ever held about them. They are busy comparing Roy Moore and his victims to St. Joseph and the Virgin Mary. They are busy leaving phone messages falsely claiming to be Washington Post reporter “Bernie Bernstein,” offering big cash for dirt on Mr. Moore. They are busy saying they’d vote for any Republican over a Democrat. Gotta be loyal to your own.
They have been busy making themselves look like fools.
She goes on claiming that the allegations against Roy Moore are “credible.”
The charges against Mr. Moore are not only serious; they are completely credible.
If you read the original Washington Post story, you know it was rigorously reported, with great care and professionalism. Four women who did not seek out the press, who did not know each other, and who surely guessed going public would bring them nothing but grief, came forward and provided first-person details that established a pattern. Thirty people corroborated details. This is not attack journalism. It is great journalism.
Ms. Noonan does quite a dance in this piece and accomplishes absolutely nothing except highlighting the media’s hatred toward the little people. The passive aggressive condescension of the past has turned into an all-out lambasting of any American who rejects manufactured narratives after reviewing objective facts to make up their own minds.
Many of us, myself included, believe wholeheartedly that the allegations against Judge Roy Moore are smears. That’s it.
The only objective facts to be considered in all of it are two things (none of which Ms. Noonan will deal with):
1.) The timing. These charges could have come out in any of Judge Moore’s local elections over 40 years. They didn’t. These charges could have come out in the primary earlier in 2017 when conservative voters in Alabama could have voted for Rep. Mo Brooks. They didn’t. These charges could have come out during the runoff with Luther Strange. They didn’t. They only came out when the only alternative Alabama voters had was a far left candidate who supports late term abortion and who is weak (at best) on illegal immigration.
2.) The yearbook. The only piece of “evidence” ever presented in the charges against Roy Moore was a yearbook he allegedly signed. For the more than a week now, Roy Moore has challenged Gloria Allred to turn over the yearbook to have the inscription analyzed. To date, Allred refuses. If she’d simply turn it over and could get the inscription verified, it could have put the whole thing to rest days ago. Noonan mentions nothing of this.
It’s absolute buffoonery at this point for these Washington elitists to keep tripping over themselves. At the end of the day, Noonan’s nonsense will only help the Moore campaign. Ridiculing southerners or the American people won’t earn her any dividends and will in fact only contribute to her already diminishing credibility.