Peggy Noonan on "Democracy Is Not Your Plaything

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Once in a while I read a summary that is so pointed and thorough that it needs neither explaining nor comment. Noonan is former speech-writer for President Reagan and long-time, Pulitzer winning writer for the Wall Street Journal. (This explanation was probably needed.)

Here’s an idea.

It would be good if top Hill Republicans went en masse to the president and said: “Stop it. Clean up your act. Shut your mouth. Do your job. Stop tweeting. Stop seething. Stop wasting time. You lost the thread and don’t even know what you were elected to do anymore. Get a grip. Grow up and look at the terrain, see it for what it is. We have limited time. Every day you undercut yourself, you undercut us. More important, you keep from happening the good policy things we could have done together. If you don’t grow up fast, you’ll wind up abandoned and alone. Act like a president or leave the presidency.”

Could it help? For a minute. But it would be constructive—not just carping, leaking, posing, cheering and tweeting but actually trying to lead.

The president needs to be told: Democracy is not your plaything.

Originally Posted on http://danerwin.typepad.com/my_weblog/.


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