In 2008 she became infatuated with a rookie senator with an almost negligible resume as an Alinskyite (i.e., radical socialist) community organizer, a part-time Illinois state politician famous for setting a world record in voting “present”, and part-time lecturer (nota bene: not professor) of one course on the 14thAmendment and blacks at the UChicago Law School. Obama was president (nota bene: not editor) of the Harvard Law Review, apparently a ceremonial post often used to promote diversity; he wrote nary a single word for it. Looking at this man, she said this: “His victory would provide a fresh start in a nation in which a fresh start would come as a national relief.... He rose with guts and gifts. He is steady, calm, and, in terms of the execution of his political ascent, still the primary and almost only area in which his executive abilities can be discerned, he shows good judgment in terms of whom to hire and consult, what steps to take and moves to make.” While sensible, grounded people saw Obama for what he was based on his past actions and words, a man who never held a real job before the presidency, fake conservatives like Noonan and David Brooks (who infamously swooned over the “crease” of Obama’s pant leg) saw what they wanted to see.
Now Noonan, not having learned to distrust her instincts, delivers a hit piece on Ted Cruz. Noonan is the George Costanza contrary indicator here. Cruz scares the beejessus out of liberals, socialists, fake conservatives, and go-along, get-along Republicans because he is smart, charismatic, and committed to principles of liberty rather than authoritarian big government. She now says of Cruz in the Wall Street Journal in a post titled “The Too Smooth Cruz”: “He is 44 and a first-term senator. He entered the national stage less than three years ago, though it seems like longer because he made himself so famous so fast. He talks about Reagan, but Reagan in 1980 had been a union president, two-term governor of a huge state, candidate for the GOP nomination in 1976, and longtime leader of modern conservatism. He had been an executive; he had run things; his accomplishments could be measured.”
Though Noonan was enthralled with Obama in 2008 despite a wafer-thin resume, now the following apparently doesn’t count for Cruz, who actually has done lots of stuff at ages when Obama was smoking dope with his choom gang, working as a “community organizer” for a socialist organization, and flitting around the Illinois statehouse avoiding a voting record:
· Editor – a working, productive editor – of the Harvard Law Review, unlike Obama’s ceremonial affirmative-action post of “president”.
· Clerk to the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
· Solicitor General of the State of Texas, where he argued and won cases before the US Supreme Court.
· Associate Deputy Attorney General in the U.S. Justice Department.
· Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.
· Real-world experience in the private practice of law.
I’d say Cruz stacks up a world better than Barack Obama did then, and does now.