Commentary as Job Interview
Related to Marc’s posts (here and here) on Peggy Noonan’s reaction to President Bush’s inaugural speech, Patrick Sweeney of Extreme Catholic delves into some of the relevant theological considerations. He also makes this story-behind-the-story suggestion:
Perhaps Peggy Noonan thinks she’s in the running for William Safire’s job.
This is ankle-biting envy. This is offering a “Good, but I could have done better” criticism.
Too much cynicism paints the world in nasty tones, but positioning is inevitably a part of decisions, particularly among writers and particularly among opinion writers. Noonan’s credibility is such that readers should doubt neither her sincerity nor perspicacity in picking up on something significant in the President’s speech. Still, it must be difficult, at her level of success, to close one’s mind to the benefits of dissent from the conservative Republican line.