Peggy Noonan column - "So Much to Savor"
We can do a little more savoring before we jump back into the dirtpile.
Peggy Noonan has made many of the points that need to be made and repeated if we are going to capitalize on our victory.
I do not know what the Democratic Party spent, in toto,
on the 2004 election, but what they seem to have gotten
for it is Barack Obama. Let us savor.
George Soros cannot buy a presidential election. Savor.
"Volunteers" who are bought and paid for cannot beat
volunteers who come from the neighborhood, church,
workplace and reading group. Savor.
The leaders of the Bush effort see it this way: A ragtag
band of more than a million Republican volunteers who fought
like Washington's troops at Valley Forge beat the paid Hessians
of King George III's army. Savor.
But I do think the biggest loser was the mainstream media, the famous MSM, the initials that became popular in this election cycle. Every time the big networks and big broadsheet national newspapers tried to pull off a bit of pro-liberal mischief--CBS and the fabricated Bush National Guard documents, the New York Times and bombgate, CBS's "60 Minutes" attempting to coordinate the breaking of bombgate on the Sunday before the election--the yeomen of the blogosphere and AM radio and the Internet took them down. It was to me a great historical development in the history of politics in America. It was Agincourt. It was the yeomen of King Harry taking down the French aristocracy with new technology and rough guts. God bless the pajama-clad yeomen of America. Some day, when America is hit again, and lines go down, and media are hard to get, these bloggers and site runners and independent Internetters of all sorts will find a way to file, and get their word out, and it will be part of the saving of our country.
Last note. As much as anyone, the POW wives of Vietnam,
who stood against the Democratic nominee for president
and for the Republican, can claim credit for the Bush victory.
Everyone with a computer in America, and a lot of people with
TVs, saw their testimony about the 1970s, and their husbands,
and John Kerry. You could not come away from their white-haired,
soft-faced, big-eyeglasses visages without thinking: He should
not be commander in chief.
Oh, another last note. Tuesday I heard three radio talkers who refused to believe it was over when the ludicrous, and who knows but possibly quite mischievous, exit polls virtually declared a Kerry landslide yesterday afternoon. They are Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham. The last sent me an e-mail that dismissed the numbers as elitist nonsense and propaganda. She is one tough girl and they are two tough men. Savor them too.
The exit polls appear to have been part of the Dems' October Surprise. I will have more on that later.