Conservative Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan made a bizarre reference to President Barack Obama’s grammar and posture on Thursday while accusing him of practicing divisive politics.
“He shouldn’t be at campaign-type rallies where he speaks only to the base, he should be speaking to the country,” she wrote. “He shouldn’t be out there dropping his g’s, slouching around a podium, complaining about his ill treatment, describing his opponents with disdain: ‘Stop just hatin’ all the time.'”
Noonan’s complaint referenced Obama’s speech on Wednesday in Kansas City, during which he made repeated requests for GOP lawmakers to “get some work done.” She did not mention that Obama made the speech hours before House Republicans pushed a bill through calling for them to sue Obama over changes to the Affordable Care Act.
She also accused House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) of treating the recent influx of thousands of undocumented young people from Central America as “a political prop,” without mentioning that at least one Republican, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), has openly called the children “invaders” and accused the government of wanting them to come to the U.S. for the purposes of medical experimentation.
Noonan also called the Internal Revenue Service “sick with partisanship” following reports that former Director of Exempt Organizations Lois Lerner referred to conservative talk radio hosts as “as*holes” in a conversation with an unidentified associate using her government Blackberry device.
“All this reflects a political culture of brute and mindless disdain, the kind of culture that makes divisions worse,” Noonan wrote.
Noonan also seized on the illegal activities of Pennsylvania abortion clinic operator Kermit Gosnell as evidence of a “new stage of barbarism,” contrasting anti-abortion conservatives with “those who earnestly insist that any limit on a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy constitutes an illegitimate restriction on the essential rights of all women—that abortion is a personal concern, not a societal one.”