October 12, 2014

Peggy Noonan, who writes for that great bastion of non-partisanship, The Wall Street Journal, doubled down on her assertion that Leon Panetta's new book was too mean to Republicans like Newt Gingrich, David Petraeus and her hero St. Ronnie -- calling it "obnoxiously partisan" when Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer asked her what she thought of the book and his interview earlier on the same show.

SCHIEFFER: Peggy, you said you found Sec. Panetta's book obnoxious.

NOONAN: Yes I did.

SCHIEFFER: What did you think of his performance today?

NOONAN: Non-obnoxious. Actually, I thought it was... he said something important that gathered together some thoughts in his book. And he said words that I think are going to prove to be memorable. “A president needs the heart of a warrior.” A president needs someone to feel passion and execute plans in a very personal and on the job and focused way.

So I think he made that point rather strikingly. He also made his points about ISIS and the possible need for boots on the ground over there.

I found the book itself to be obnoxiously partisan and frankly ultimately unhelpful in that way. I always want the older and more accomplished and impressive members of our government when they come forward and rightly share their thoughts in books and memoirs, I always want them to be a little above the battle and appreciative of those they've had arguments with.

So I don't feel I saw enough of that, but I thought he was impressive today.

Yes, because we all know that's exactly how Republicans act when they leave office. Maybe she could ask a certain former Vice President and his flame throwing daughter what they think about that assertion.


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