Thursday, February 02, 2006

Peggy Noonan on the challenges facing the GOP and Dems

Peggy Noonan, one of my favorite writers and someone I had the privilege to meet last year, had this to say in an article appearing in today's Wall Street Journal:

Conservatives are always writing about the strains and stresses within the Republican Party, and they are real. But the Democratic Party seems to be near imploding, and for that most humiliating of reasons: its meaninglessness. Republicans are at least arguing over their meaning.
That, in a nutshell, sums up pretty much what everyone in the Virginia blogosphere is talking about.

6 Comments:

At 2/02/2006 12:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well put,Riley.
But, no one can make a point as well as Peggy. She talks gooder than even George Will.

But, I do get concerned when I see posts in places like this and hear discussion of altering our message to gain office. I'd rather be out of power with my principles intact than in bed with the enemy in the Capitol.

I believe our core Republican values -- govern best by governing least, allow a level playing field for commerce, protect the Bill of Rights, and protect American interests -- allow room for diversity in the party. I believe Senator Danforth's views described in today's Wash Post encapsulate that.

 
At 2/02/2006 01:02:00 PM, Anonymous Rtwng Extrmst said...

The real reason I think Dems are doing well in VA lately is they are running campaigns to make people thinkg they are moderate while successfully caricaturing our candidates as "extremists". We need to do a better job in picking candidates who support our issues, can effectively speak to those issues to the public, and do not give the Dems a believeable reason to caricature them.

We also need some party organization and leadership around our issues in order to build a united front to speak directly to Virginia voters on all important issues. Sort of like the '94 contract w/America.

 
At 2/02/2006 01:02:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

I think the real answer is to keep your principles, but know your audience and stress your points of agreement with them. Different messages will resonate in different parts of the state.

What would be intellectually and politically dishonest would be to change one's beliefs to fit a district.

A candidate can be a committed social conservative, but make the main focus of his campaign transportation if that is what his potential constituents care about the most and he has certain beliefs that he wants to make points about.

 
At 2/02/2006 05:52:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

News flash for Peggy:

You are really clueless and should shut the hell up.

 
At 2/02/2006 11:55:00 PM, Blogger RightsideVA said...

This guy who calls himself "Anonymous" really gets around. I have seen several of his comments in the past and they are all pretty much the same. A waste of time and energy...
I have been reading Peggy Noonan for years in the Wall Street Journal and she is an incredible writer and person. She did some really good pieces back after 911 and her books are always worth reading several times....

 
At 2/03/2006 10:41:00 AM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

And Anonymous provides proof that the Dem party is the "Seinfeld" Party. It's about nothing.....

 

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