Peggy Noonan is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and the author of eight books on American politics and culture.

America Is So in Play

wsj.com — Donald Trump's staying power in the polls reflects a change in the electorate only now coming into focus. So, more thoughts on Donald Trump's candidacy, because I can't stop being fascinated. You know the latest numbers. Quinnipiac University's poll this week has Mr. Trump at a hefty 28% nationally, up from 20% in July.
Aug 27, 2015

Mr. Trump’s support is not limited to Republicans, not by any means. on.wsj.com/1U9lXuY

Aug 27, 2015

.@Peggynoonannyc: Trumpism flourishes in the deepening estrangement between the elites and the non-elites in America. wsj.com/articles/ameri…

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A Campaign Full of Surprises

wsj.com — A few months ago I wrote that the 2016 presidential primary looked to come down to Bloody versus Boring. The Republican race would be bloody-more than a dozen candidates scrapping for attention, trying to gain traction, pounding each other. The Democrats would be boring, the long glide of the queen.
Aug 21, 2015

RT @TomBevanRCP: Peggy Noonan: Bush appears to be no more gifted a campaigner than Clinton, though he lacks the vaguely sinister air. on.wsj.com/1K9TSxm

Aug 21, 2015

The GOP side of 2016 turns out to be exciting, and the Democrats—well, at least not boring. on.wsj.com/1HZBpxF pic.twitter.com/e5nlVoS3VR

Aug 21, 2015

Mr. Kasich isn't talking about “compassionate conservatism,” but something else, and much better. on.wsj.com/1HZBpxF

Noonan: Privacy Isn't All We're Losing

wsj.com — The U.S. surveillance state as outlined and explained by Edward Snowden is not worth the price. Its size, scope and intrusiveness, its ability to target and monitor American citizens, its essential unaccountability-all these things are extreme. The purpose of the surveillance is enhanced security, a necessary goal to say the least.

The Three Presidential Primaries

wsj.com — There are not two presidential primary contests going on but three: "More Obama," "Less Obama," and "Trump." Something big is going on among the "More Obama" people: It is getting impossible to believe their race will remain confined to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
Aug 14, 2015

RT @FaceTheNation: "The Three Presidential Primaries" on.wsj.com/1Txgdeb & more from @PeggyNoonanNYC this SUN on @FacetheNation

Aug 15, 2015

Did @peggynoonannyc just call Donald Trump Hitler? Read to the end & decide. on.wsj.com/1Txgdeb

Aug 14, 2015

.@Peggynoonannyc on Trumpism "outlandish candidates backed by indignant enraptured people who’ve lost their judgment" wsj.com/articles/the-t…

Aug 15, 2015

Congratulations to the leaders of both parties: The past 20 years you’ve taken us far. We’re entering Weimar, baby. on.wsj.com/1JXvAGP

Aug 15, 2015

RT @Peggynoonannyc: Congratulations to the leaders of both parties: The past 20 years you’ve taken us far. We’re entering Weimar, baby. on.wsj.com/1JXvAGP

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Fireworks at the Republican Debate

wsj.com — Since the performance of political debaters is mercilessly and repeatedly analyzed by reporters and pundits, it would be fair and delightful if someday they critiqued us back. "Jeb, I didn't really think that second question was aptly phrased, did you?" "No, Scott, I didn't.
Aug 07, 2015

Marco Rubio was fresh, crisp and poised. He has successfully staked out the future as his theme. on.wsj.com/1IRIOUN

Aug 07, 2015

Last night, Trump failed to dominate. Fiorina belongs in the top tier. on.wsj.com/1IRIOUN pic.twitter.com/VT7AFg20G4

Aug 07, 2015

Yes, I know this sounds quaint, but Trump was boorish and ungentlemanly to @megynkelly. on.wsj.com/1IRIOUN

Aug 07, 2015

Fireworks at the Republican Debate by @peggynoonannyc on.wsj.com/1IpRu3j via @WSJ

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Perry's Popping-Off Problem

wsj.com — Rick Perry this week roared away from the pack. Gallup had him the party favorite, with 29% of Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents saying they're most likely to support him. Next came Mitt Romney with 17%, Ron Paul with 13%, and Michele Bachmann at 10%.

What Voters See in Donald Trump

wsj.com — His rise is not due to anger at government. It is a gesture of contempt for government. I had a conversation this week with a longtime acquaintance who supports Donald Trump. She's in her 60s, resides in north Georgia near the Tennessee line, lives on Social Security.
Jul 31, 2015

Why Trump? “The whole country will be in better shape. And ISIS won’t like it that he’s in charge.” on.wsj.com/1KD6wX1

Jul 31, 2015

Comments here are usually the most interesting thing on the page @peggynoonannyc on.wsj.com/1Ddn9WA via @WSJ

Jul 31, 2015

Maybe there is some sense in Donald Trump's rise in poll. @peggynoonannyc explains. wsj.com/articles/what-… via @WSJ

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Don’t Mourn Atticus Finch

wsj.com — When I pointed to him his palms slipped slightly, leaving greasy sweat streaks on the wall, and he hooked his thumbs in his belt. A strange small spasm shook him, as if he heard fingernails scrape slate, but as I gazed at him in wonder the tension slowly drained from his face.

The 2016 Contest Begins to Take Shape

wsj.com — The weekend will be dominated by back-and-forth on the Iran deal. The administration will argue that some agreement was necessary and this was the best that could be got. They will continue their almost childlike insistence that it proves President Obama is either Ronald Reagan (he negotiates with foes) or Richard Nixon (he reaches out to adversaries).
Jul 16, 2015

The 2016 Contest Begins to Take Shape: Hillary tries pointillism & the GOP contends with an embarrassment of riches. on.wsj.com/1CGljNR

Jul 16, 2015

A concern for her campaign has to be Mrs. Clinton’s robotic delivery, as if she’s never there in the moment. on.wsj.com/1CGljNR

Jul 16, 2015

I wanted to think along with Hillary's big economic speech, but Mrs. Clinton doesn’t give you much to think to. on.wsj.com/1CGljNR

Jul 17, 2015

RT @BDayspring: "His years as embattled WI governor have given him a hold on the GOP imagination." @Peggynoonannyc on Scott Walker ow.ly/PKlB4

Jul 17, 2015

.@Peggynoonannyc on 2016 stagecraft: "John Kasich is next. I’m hoping he won’t announce in a T-shirt & underpants." on.wsj.com/1HXoXi3

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Donald Trump’s Appeal-and Its Limits

wsj.com — Sometimes an ill wind feels like a breath of fresh air. Donald Trump is an unstable element inserted into an unsettled environment. Sooner or later there will be a boom. He has shot up like a rocket since his June announcement but likely has a low ceiling and short staying power.
Jul 09, 2015

Donald Trump: Sometimes an ill wind feels like a breath of fresh air. on.wsj.com/1LV5rZG

Jul 10, 2015

Peggy Noonan on the appeal--and explosive limitations--of Donald Trump. on.wsj.com/1fs8FHX

Jul 10, 2015

'Does #Trump ruin the GOP brand? That tends to be the eager question of those who hope he will ruin the GOP brand.' on.wsj.com/1fs8FHX

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Aug 29, 2015

@GielAvenue She was wonderful in "Anastasia" too. Impressive when actors, who are artists, are also sturdy professionals and craftsmen.

Aug 29, 2015

RT @gramilano: Ingrid Bergman was born 100 years ago today and died 33 years ago today. pic.twitter.com/1yfwtoaa44

Aug 29, 2015

RT @hughhewitt: Combine @Peggynoonannyc take w/that of Christopher Caldwell: weeklystandard.com/author/christo…. The appeal of @realDonaldTrump isn't just immigration

Aug 28, 2015

RT @kaybaileyhutch: @RNC if @CarlyFiorina is in top 10 in polls the week before @CNN debate, she has earned the right to the main stage!

Aug 28, 2015

RT @ConArtCritic: Look, he was born practically yesterday and he gets it. vine.co/v/eIu0mtVqZE2

Aug 28, 2015

RT @MrBailey79: One of the best articles I have read all year: Article The Timothy Hunt Witch Hunt : commentarymagazine.com/article/the-ti… @Commentary #TimHunt

Aug 28, 2015

RT @DCCatholic: Happy feast of St. Augustine! Check out this beautiful stained glass from St. Augustine parish in DC & a great quote: http:…


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