What a disappointing column, but Noonan is, after all, a woman and a conservative.
She identifies the rubicon, but the best she can manage to address it is, "be reasonable." Spoken like a true country-clubber, Peggy. You do the sheeple of the GOP proud. One of the biggest problems we have in this country is the tendency of people with rational minds and the will to use them to face a turning point in history and immediately fall prey to the knee-jerk reaction. Demure. Pretend it's summer in the Hamptons year round. Be reasonable. This is one of the reasons I prefer Ann Coulter's shrieking, bug-eyed rhetorical bomb-throwing. At least she's not being reasonable.
In the next half generation, we will face unreasonable times. Count on it. Even Peggy sees it through her rose-colored glasses. There is a distinct chance that the hollowed-out shell that our currency has become will fall in on itself of its own weight. There is a certainty that a substantial number of the 20 million (and climbing) illegals pouring over our borders are people who do not wish us well. It is highly likely that we will be faced with the choice of falling back to a self-sufficient constitutional republic, or becoming an authoritarian global empire. The very last thing we need is a leader at the helm whose overwhelming instinct in the face of all this is to "be reasonable." Such a leader puts me in mind of Jack Nicholson's President in Mars Attacks! after the Martians blew up Congress:
I want to remind you that we still have two functioning branches of government, and two out of three ain't bad.
Conservatives are ever reasonable, to their lasting detriment.
In a fit of utterly blatant hypocrisy, Peggy would have us trust Romney, despite his obvious difficulties with telling the truth, assuring us he won't flip-flop on the positions he has taken and will stick to his guns because, "He has no choice." That's some pretty thin gruel, Peggy. A mere four paragraphs later she warns us to discard Hillary because she is a triangulating populist and untrustworthy. Admit it, Peggy, that whole charade is your hormones speaking for you. Mitt is cute, in that squeaky-clean sort of way that older conservative women seem to love, and Hillary just isn't your type, not that many of us would find a lying Marxist lesbian to be our types either.
She fawns over McCain in like fashion. I guess he's the country-clubber version of a bad boy. She calls him "personally heroic." Pardon me, Peggy, but what a pant-load that is. You really need to get away for a while. One of McCain's signature traits is the tendency to change sides on whatever whim suits him. This isn't new behavior, either. Just ask his fellow former tenants of the Hanoi Hilton or his first wife. From a personal ethics and morality point of view, McCain is probably the only Republican running who is more of a slug than Giuliani. The man is still a stark raving lunatic, even though he and his handlers seem to have gotten his meds right for the moment.
Try this: Re-read the article with the thought in mind that Peggy could have written this about who she would like to date instead of who should be President. I think you'll have the gist of the article down pat. Sometimes I don't know which is worse, the screeching, man-hating, left-wing feminists, or the preachy, menopausal, right-of-center harridans. Either way, let's hear it for the apolitical housewife. May all these women of power aspire to your greatness.