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By ATWadmin On June 1st, 2007

I do like Peggy Noonan, I think she is a very thoughtful conservative writer. So when she excoriates President Bush for his treatment of those many Republicans who are genuinely concerned about his Immigration plans, I think she’s well worth a listen… don’t you? 

The White House doesn’t need its traditional supporters anymore, because its problems are way beyond being solved by the base. And the people in the administration don’t even much like the base. Desperate straits have left them liberated, and they are acting out their disdain. Leading Democrats often think their base is slightly mad but at least their heart is in the right place. This White House thinks its base is stupid and that its heart is in the wrong place.

For almost three years, arguably longer, conservative Bush supporters have felt like sufferers of battered wife syndrome. You don’t like endless gushing spending, the kind that assumes a high and unstoppable affluence will always exist, and the tax receipts will always flow in? Too bad! You don’t like expanding governmental authority and power? Too bad. You think the war was wrong or is wrong? Too bad. But on immigration it has changed from "Too bad" to "You’re bad."


  1. I just finished reading her article 10 minutes ago. She knocked it out of the ballpark today. I agree with every word she wrote. I am so infuriated with King George and his administration I could spit nails. The immigration issue was the last straw for this conservative. This Republican Administration can kiss my support gone!

  2. Yes he’s been soldily pathetic on this. Interesting she brought up the language people use to clobber anyone who opposes immigration proposals. That seems to be a general scourge across BOTH left and right nowadays on all sorts of issues. Playground politics.

  3. She recognizes now in June of 2007 that there is no wisdom in the White House. Not since the "I am shocked, shocked to find there is gambling here" scene in Casablanca have I read anything so funny.

    Noonan is stung by the Administration’s language against its opponents on immigration reform. Did she not understand that the Bush driven attacks on the patriotism of his political opponents has been going on since September 12, 2001?

    The entire article is a sad attempt to get off the wagon by a smart woman (she wrote some of Regan’s best lines). Too late. Utterly too late.

  4. You’re slightly wrong Mahons. Peggy Noonan has been writing critically of Bush and his administration for the past three years. She has never been a big fan of Bush, even prior to 9/11. This article is just the loudest bell she has rung so far.

  5. Daphne is right – Noonan has indeed been critical at several junctures. That’s the thing about those of us on the right, we’re not afraid to criticise our would-be leaders"!

  6. I still think Bush was right about the war. And nothing else has mattered as much to me. Until this immigration bill came along.

    He and the rest of the Beltway political elite sit comfortably in their ivory tower and have no clue what is going on in the country.

    I’m only giving money to Republican candidates who are far outside the beltway and offer back-to-basic conservative platforms: defend the country (which includes not giving it away to the neighbors) and stay as far away from my money and lifestyle as possible.

  7. David – the Left have castigated their leader Monsieur Blair. So much so that they have utterly undermined his credibility and caused a rift over basic priniciples of liberal concern like liberal interventionism in Iraq and fascism etc. Iraq was liberal intervenionism if you want to look at it on a purely democratic level. I dont think there is any left right agenda in critique.

  8. Patty,



    That’s true but the huge irony is that the Left have castigated Monsieur Blair for doing things which were right – like Iraq and Afghanistan. To my mind it shows the sickness of the hard left that they minds cannot work out things which are right and wrong, not right and left!!

  9. An interesting note. I love Noonan and she worked for Reagan and she’s always comparing Bush to Reagan. But isn’t it Reagan who gave blanket amnesty to illegals in the 80’s?

    Also, what short of total deportation of 20 million people would conservatives NOT consider amnesty?

    Anywho, I’m off for a well earned week-end getaway!
    Adios muchachos!

  10. OT: but does anyone else working in London get emails from City of London police like this?

    We do

    City of London & United Kingdom

    There have been two reports of hostile reconnaissance in the City over the last week. One incident involved video filming outside a premises in Bishopsgate and a second concerned a male in Queen Victoria Street who decamped into Bank underground on approach of police.

    Both matters are currently under review and stills will be circulated in the near future.

    Colleagues are reminded that hostile reconnaissance is an important aspect of terrorist attack planning, and it is assessed that such activity would begin well before any planned attack. This would involve not only physical reconnaissance but also the use of open source research including a focus on related websites.

    Current trend analysis indicates that attack planning timelines are in the main reducing, and colleagues are urged to report all instances of potential reconnaissance in a timely manner to Police.

    Pan London, the number of incidents of hostile reconnaissance reported to Police this year has shown a 37% increase.

    Animal Rights

    SHAC this week announced a new City based company as a target for their demonstrations., Despite the recent arrests SHAC are keen to maintain an outward show of solidarity and give the impression that its `business as usual` People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

    On Tuesday 16th May PETA dumped one tonne of horse manure outside Claridges. This was an attempt to draw publicity against Gordon RAMSAY the celebrity chef, who runs the restaurant and his attempt to promote horsemeat on the "F-Word" television programme.

    It is assessed that PETA will continue to commit high profile criminal acts / stunts to highlight their campaign for animal welfare. This can be evidenced from their campaigns within the United States where they enjoy both high levels of support from celebrities and the public as well as a substantial ability to raise funds to support their campaigns.

    It is anticipated that this now become the norm as they seek to establish their credentials within the UK and specifically London. It is highly likely that high profile stunts will continue within London with the potential to cause ongoing embarrassment


    The 2007 G8 Summit takes place from 6th to 8th June this year, at the German Baltic resort of Heiligendamm.

    Intelligence indicates that demonstrators’ plans are well advanced with activists expecting a large and confrontational protest. Anti-G8 activities are expected to take place in the UK from 2nd – 10th June 2007 involving those activists who are unable to or can’t afford to attend the venue in Germany itself.


    Following last week’s meeting of Republican dissidents, reports have surfaced that the Real IRA (RIRA), the Continuity IRA (CIRA) and the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) have agreed to renounce violence as they have reached a common position on a peaceful strategy for Northern Ireland.

    However, such claims were almost immediately rubbished by the Thirty-two County Sovereignty Movement (32 CSM), the political wing of the RIRA, who said they were "completely without foundation".

    The 200th anniversary parade of the Loyal Orange Lodge will take place in central London on 9th June from Park Lane to Victoria Embankment and is due to attract several thousand Orangemen from across the country.

    Future Events June 3rd Race for Life will be starting at Ludgate Hill and finishing in West Smithfield. Road closures will be in place from 09.00 until 12.30. 7th June Crisis Square Mile Run starting at Paternoster Square at 19.00.

    There will be no road closures in place for this event. 8th July Tour de France roads will be closed from 06.00 hrs in central London http://www.tourdefrancelondon.com 19th July Standard Chartered Great City Run.

    Routine information regarding events in the City of London can be found by logging onto http://www.cityoflondon.police.uk

  11. Any attempt to resolve the immigration issue that doesnt go right to the heart of the matter is, im afraid, merely polishing a turd.

    so called free trade and the globalised market place are the biggest factors involved here.

  12. Completely agree Daytripper. Spot on.

  13. Daphne – Peggy Noonan in 2004 took a leave of absence from the Wall Street Journal to work on the Bush re-election campaign. Indeed, in a February 2004 article she argues why real America likes him so much. She’s been on the Bush teat since she helped his old man coin the "gentler kinder nation" and "thousand points of light".

    In politics, unlike sinking ships, the rats aren’t always the first to leave. She is trying to create the illusion that she isn’t up to her neck in Bush sel-spun apologia and it won’t work.

    As for the right being the only section of the political world to criticise its own, that is without merit. The left is constantly devouring its own, and indeed here in the US the strongest criticism of Hillary Clinton (for example) comes from the left wing of her own party.

  14. Charles-in-Texas: I think we should control the border (build an effective wall, reenforce the Border Patrol) , enforce the laws already on the books – and then, and only then, discuss amnesty.

  15. Patty – the only wall we should have built in Texas is a wall around the Bush compound that what have kept him there.

  16. Daytripper posted:

    "Any attempt to resolve the immigration issue that doesnt go right to the heart of the matter is, im afraid, merely polishing a turd.

    so called free trade and the globalised market place are the biggest factors involved here."

    Of course you’re right. It’s no coincidence that in the UK big business are one of the loudest supporters of uncontrolled immigration. Their members just love all that cheap labour from eastern Europe.

  17. The United States is extremely well placed to absorb immigration and it’s culture ethos and history has flourished due to it more than any other nation has ever benefited. Patriotic Americans should welcome it.

  18. Colm – I agree and we do welcome it. However nativism has also been a tradition that we’ve had to overcome and Noonan (whose family immigrated here) knows that. But it is one of the few wedge issues her type can still cling to.

  19. Surely the issue is control. Controlled immigration is good if it’s in the interests of the economy, but uncontrolled is bad. No nation state can remain viable in the long term if it loses control of its borders.

  20. Peter

    Yes I definitely agree, but why have for example so many Mexicans had to enter illegally. the US should welcome much larger numbers legally. It will only do the US the power of good.

  21. Of course you’re right. It’s no coincidence that in the UK big business are one of the loudest supporters of uncontrolled immigration. Their members just love all that cheap labour from eastern Europe.

    exactly. but in the case of the US it was the trade agreements made even before bush. it doesnt take a poor mexican long to figure out that they can get a better deal on the otherside of the fence. which is exactly what the trade economists secured for america.

    No nation state can remain viable in the long term if it loses control of its borders.

    and yet the greatest proponents of "free trade", and the destruction of everyone elses borders are the very same people who want to close their own. another cake and eat it moment.