In Which I Agree With Peggy Noonan
It’s rare these days for me to agree with columnist Peggy Noonan, especially after Noonan wrote so glowingly of Obama in the run-up to the 2008 elections, but this time she has a point, and a good one (emphasis in original):
In attempting to praise Ronald Reagan and his legacy, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell ruffled the feathers of conservative columnist Peggy Noonan on Meet the Press when Mitchell claimed Republicans are “trying to appropriate Ronald Reagan for their own political purposes now.” Noonan, the former Reagan speechwriter, immediately called Mitchell out and got her to clarify exactly what she meant.
Noonan responded, “Republicans are not, I think, trying to appropriate Ronald Reagan – Ronald Reagan was a Republican. Conservatives aren’t trying to appropriate him – he was a conservative.”
Precisely. Someone needs to tell Andrea Mitchell that one cannot “appropriate” that which already belongs to one. But I guess that kind of logic is a mystery to someone who believes history began 2o January 2009.