June 29, 2005

Noonan on putting the "Me" in Merit

Peggy Nation takes her hatchet to Dee Cee's Vanity Saloon today.

I'm too lazy to check it myself, but something tells me the brand of egomania she's damning isn't a particularly new phenomenon. What got her revved up is just a rapid series of unusually silly ("Honest Abe Obama") and/or egregious (the Supremes and Eminent Domain) examples.

Also, I don't think the problem can be wholly blamed on Washington itself. Politicos are human beings just like everyone else and they bend and sway to the popular culture. We hardly live in a day and age of reticence and humility, and the vanity she's complaining about certainly doesn't stop at the Beltway's edge. The difference is that when Tom Cruise makes an ass of himself we can all just point and snicker, but when politicians and the judiciary get in on the act, we're much more likely to suffer the consequences.

I don't mean to suggest that she doesn't have a valid gripe, just that the problem is deeper and more systemic than her rant suggests.

Posted by Robert at June 29, 2005 12:01 PM

Tsk, tsk. You're never going to near noonan's panties if you pan the pieces she pens.

Posted by: Bill from INDC at June 29, 2005 12:40 PM

What price your attempt to get George Will to show you his boxers?

Posted by: Robert the LB at June 29, 2005 12:56 PM

Of course politicians are conceited SoBs. They think they have the answers to the problems, and that you should vote for them. I'm not being critical, it's just that anyone who wants to be put in office has to be conceited enough to think that his answers are the right ones. At least it's better than being conceited enough to force everyone to put your picture in their homes.

Posted by: rbj at June 29, 2005 01:11 PM

Unless your name is Katie Holmes, in which case, Cruise's antics are likely to impact you in a more direct, career-destroying way.

Posted by: The Colossus at June 29, 2005 01:35 PM

You heard it from me first--Katie Holmes is a Future Flash in the Pan

Posted by: LMC at June 29, 2005 04:14 PM

I agree. Griping about politicians being egomaniacs is kinda like griping about Democrats liking higher taxes. It's a given. I like Peggy, but she's got to find something more original.

Posted by: Dash at June 29, 2005 05:57 PM
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