Baker versus Noonan

Susan Baker read Peggy Noonan’s recent Wall Street Journal column so that you don’t have to. Baker took issue with Noonan in a letter to the editor published yesterday. It’s hard to nail Noonan down in the column, but Baker bites on Noonan’s set-up:

Peggy Noonan starts out decrying Joe Biden as “too old and infirm” to be president and Donald Trump as “too crazy” (“2024: A Certain Fatalism Sets In,” Declarations, May 11). I think this gives Old Joe a pass; after all, who doesn’t feel for an old man?

Instead, I see a man who has spent his adult life living off the largesse of political power. I see a man who has weaponized law enforcement to attack his opponent as well as everyday citizens—concerned parents, pro-lifers, Catholics and even grandmothers praying in the Capitol.

I see a man who defies Supreme Court rulings by expanding regulatory overreach and canceling student debt. I see a man who throws allies under the bus to gain votes, holding back arms in Ukraine and Israel, and prolonging, not winning, wars.

I see a man who attacks dependable fossil fuels and mandates electric cars that few want to satisfy the noisy greens. I see a man who would sanction abortion through the third trimester and supports the mutilation of troubled children, both under the guise of health. I could go on—open borders, fentanyl, Afghanistan, Hunter, Tara Reade, inflation.

In short, I see a man destroying our country. This election, I’ll vote “crazy.”

Susan C. Baker
Mooresville, N.C.

Noonan concludes the column with which Baker takes issue by writing in a vein meant to persuade Trump’s enemies by appealing to their deprecation of Trump:

I end with a word to Trump foes who hope he’ll be found guilty in the New York case and sentenced to prison time. They think this will finish him off. It will not.

Donald Trump doesn’t know it, but he will love prison. He’ll be the most specially treated convict in American history, better than the mob bosses in “Goodfellas.” He’ll be in his cell with his phone—he’ll get one—live-streaming and live-Truthing; he’ll be posing thumbs up in his uniform surrounded by gangbangers and white collar hoodlums. He’ll philosophize about how a lot of people in prison don’t deserve to be there, the system’s rigged, he’ll consider pardons. All convicts tell you that they were railroaded, but this will be new to Trump, he’ll believe them.

He’ll be the king of Rikers. He’ll say he’s learned a lot and the guards are all for Trump and he’s going to get out and reform the justice system. It will be fabulous for him. He’ll put himself as Martin Luther King and he’ll be writing Truths From the Birmingham Jail.

People forget: He loves this, loves the game, the drama, and the devil takes care of his own.

Noonan’s fantasia purports to humor Trump’s enemies. Perhaps for that reason, Noonan’s train of thought may be a little off course. I doubt the Secret Service is on board with it.

The Journal must compensate Noonan handsomely for her deep thoughts. If she were as concise, commonsensical, or straightforward as Ms. Baker, she would probably struggle to make a living.

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