"Noonan’s message to Palin: ‘Our country is facing huge challenges. Suck it up and be serious.’"
Today on The Laura Ingraham Show, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan criticized Gov. Sarah Palin’s (R-AK) lack of gravity while the nation is experiencing a major financial crisis:
INGRAHAM: She’s saying to people out there who don’t feel like they’re connected to this political culture, “I’m hearing you, I know how you live, I know what your values are, I’m hearing you.” I think that’s what she trying to say. […]
NOONAN: Oh, I think they both ought to get more serious. Our country is facing huge challenges. Suck it up and be serious. And don’t be doing this cute colloquial stuff. It doesn’t sit right with me. And it doesn’t seem fitting. … She’s a spirited person, I get all that, but I would like her to be more serious.
Noonan’s comments represent larger conservative disenchantment with Palin. Yesterday, David Brooks said that she should “read a few more books,” and Kathleen Parker admitted that conservatives “gave her a pass up front.”