Noonan is particularly incensed about President Bush’s shoddy treatment of his conservative critics. Many members of the increasingly fragile GOP coalition have strongly attacked Bush’s path-to-citizenship immigration bill, and, in response, he has impugned their patriotism. Last week, Bush said that opponents of his immigration bill “don’t want to do what’s right for America.” Bush surrogates have intimated the same thing.Hmm, it's not fun when shoe is on the other foot, huh Peggy? I suppose it's also unpleasant to see your guy for what he truly is: a superficial, callow coward who relies on name calling and inflammatory, false accusations as a pathetic means to get his way.
Noonan is nonplused: “Why would they speak so insultingly, with such hostility, of opponents who are concerned citizens? And often, though not exclusively, (of) concerned conservatives?” My response to that is: Welcome to the club, Peggy. For years, Bush and his surrogates have suggested that they alone have a monopoly on the national interest, and that those who disagree with them are ipso facto threats to the national interest. (Bush, referring to his Senate Democratic critics in 2002, said that they were “not interested in the security of the American people.”) It’s only now, apparently, that Noonan and other mainstream Republicans have fully come to appreciate the Bush team’s signature arrogance.
Bush has been doing this for years to the Dems, and it was acceptable then by the likes of Noonan. However, apparently it's insulting and hostile only when such treatment is directed at oneself. The height of ignorance.