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Peggy's World!What is troubling our Upper East Side princess of wordsmithery on this fine Friday? Health care! Not the lack of it, of course — Peggy could give a crap about the 40 million Americans with no access to basic health care, the kind of wretched untouchables who never see a doctor outside of an emergency room, with a sick child, swollen with some easily preventable illness had only a pediatrician been something within economic reach. Peggy isn’t impressed by this liberal president already delivering government-backed health care for another 3.5m uninsured kids, either. What she wants, this wealthy Wall Street Journal columnist, is some soaring bullshit rhetoric about health care, on her teevee. Worked for Reagan!

The Scene: Peggy’s apartment, the blinds closed, curtains drawn, well-worn WASP carpet with a few too many cigarette holes, the butler’s table stacked messily with news and fashion magazines, a faint stench of take-out mingling with the clean industrial scent of soap and spray starch, the 3 a.m. repeat of Leonard Lopate rumbling low through the kitchen radio, Peggy in repose on the fainting couch, Chinese dressing gown carelessly open, droplets of warm gin on her pale belly, lipstick traces on the Capri 100 butts crowding the simple silver Tiffany ashtray …. and oh goodness, where has the night gone? Narrow beams of cruel sunlight have found their way through the tasteful barriers, and the Morning Edition announcers are prattling on now, must get one’s self together, find the French Press and why ever can’t the help put it back in the same place twice?

The other day I was watching “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, and Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, came on from Washington to talk about health care. A reporter on the set, Andrew Ross Sorkin of the New York Times, asked a few clear and direct questions: What is President Obama’s health care plan, how would it work, what would it look like? I leaned forward. Finally I will understand.

Yes, finally! Six decades of bewildering confusion, about the Socialist Health Care regime, but now the light would shine, as surely as those laser beams of sunshine sliding up her spider-veined ankle …..

Ms. Sebelius began to answer in that dead and deadening governmental language that does not reveal or clarify but instead wraps legitimate queries in clouds of words and sends them on their way. I think I heard “accessing affordable quality health care,” “single payer plan vis-à-vis private multiparty insurers” and “key component of quality improvement.” In any case, she didn’t answer the question, which was a disappointment but not a surprise. No one answers the question anymore.

Gobbledygook is the term, we think. Where is the “shining hospital on a hill” and the “new day for feeling chipper” and the “rising tide lifts all tumors”? Where, indeed, is the poetry?

I shouldn’t pick too hard on Ms. Sebelius specifically. Most people in the administration, and many in government, speak as she speaks, and have for many years. In her case there’s reason to believe it’s a quirk. A New York Times profile recently had her recalling with self-deprecating charm the time her child ran a high fever and she caused a bit of confusion by forgetting to say, “We have to go to the hospital!” and announcing instead, “This unsustainable increase in body temperature requires immediate access to a local quality health-care facility!” I made that up, but it was believable, wasn’t it?

No, that wasn’t believable in the least, you hack. Ugh, let’s continue.

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We’ll try again next week. How about if you put in a bit more effort, too, Ms. Noonan? Christ.

What’s Elevated, Health-Care Provider? [Wall Street Journal]

About the author

A writer and editor of this website from 2006 to early 2012, Ken Layne is occassionally seen on Twitter and writes small books and is already haunting you from beyond (your) grave.

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  • shortsshortsshorts

    And Noonington entered the Shire, and there stood Sebelius, scroll in hand, to refute these perilous claims.

  • rereridiculous

    Arcane? What the hell does that mean?

  • CrunchyKnee

    I bet Peggers doesn’t regret any of her abortions.

  • queeraselvis v 2.0

    I continue to be astounded by how much Mr. Obama reminds me in his first few months of George W. Bush in his first few years. There is a sense with both men that they always pushed too hard, were always revolutionizing and doing “the work of generations,” as Mr. Bush put it.

    No. she. did. NOT. make. this. comparison. You take that back, you stunted, verbose, uninspired, George Eliot hack wannabe.

  • Monsieur Grumpe

    I volunteer to chew off her fingers so she can’t type stuff like this anymore. Who’s with me?

  • norbizness

    Friday: Noonan writes some garbage.
    Thursday: Krauthammer writes some garbage.
    Wednesday: Ignatius writes some garbage.
    Tuesday: Richard Cohen writes garbage.
    Monday: William Kristol.. er.. Ross Douthat writes some garbage.

    There I’ve laid out my clothes for next week.

  • Come here a minute

    Do members of the administration speak obscurely because they can’t help themselves, or do they speak the way they speak because they really aren’t all that keen to have people understand them? … It would be nice if America were allowed to know what exactly the plan is, and how it would work, and who would pay, and how.

    And if it were that simple, it would have been done in ’93, moran.

  • Noodle Salad

    The strong desire to have government run by people who don’t understand the technical aspects of their jobs is one of about a zillion reasons I could never be a Republican.

  • SayItWithWookies

    If there’s some way to speak with Edwardian circumspection, yet make one’s meaning perfectly clear, please inform Ms. Noonan, as she is having a bit of trouble with a delicate matter: her brain is made of oatmeal.

  • JMP

    Yes, how dare that woman use multiple sentences to describe a complicated health-care plan!

  • Mr Blifil

    Suddenly I’m much more interested in the woman who decided to run for Congress because she had a baby.

  • tehbenton

    [re=317946]CrunchyKnee[/re]: Except the one that lived.

  • charlesdegoal

    Sebelius? He must have composed that Valse Triste a hundred years ago. I didn’t know he was still alive.

  • guerilla-nation

    her column this week was totally phoned in … from that shining booby hatch on a hill.

  • wheelie

    Damn right Peggy! What does “access to education” even mean?!? They should say “Go to the teacher”.

    As for this ridiculous health jargon, like “atrophic gastritis”, WTF?? What’s wrong with “funny pain in the tum-tum”?

  • Come here a minute

    [re=317956]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: [re=317971]guerilla-nation[/re]: Chewing off her fingers won’t help because she’s phoning it in, HA HA!

  • McDuff

    Was Peggy the woman I saw literally dragging one of those little lap dogs across Central Park West last time I was in NYC? That dog just did NOT want to cross the street.

  • freakishlystrong

    Why is everything such a goddamn mystery to Peggington? All that librul shit; torture, affordable healthcare, mysterious!

  • Bill_TX

    Aw, c’mon Jim! You can do it! Do it…for trucknutz.

  • engulfedinflames

    i’m epileptic. sometimes when i have a seizure i see a thousand points of light, peg has been a real comfort to me.

  • TeddyS

    Dear Ms. Noonan, you mushbrain twit: Maybe that affordable quality health care would pay for an operation to shape up your fat ass. Strong letter to follow.

  • Vartan84

    “This unsustainable increase in body temperature requires immediate access to a local quality health-care facility!”

  • chascates

    Nature, and Nature’s Law lay hid in night
    God said Let Peggy Noonan Be, and all was light.

    –with apologies to Alexander Pope

  • magic titty

    Ken Layne is new Jeebus?

  • MzNicky

    “government-backed health care for another 3.5 uninsured kids”

    Wow. That’s very Solomon-esque of Obambi. Plus I thought he was all the Messiah and everything. So who gets the other half of the kid — SATAN?!

  • Gallowglass

    “I don’t understand why he doesn’t simply let all the poors, queers and ethnic minorities die of AIDS, like St. Ronald did, way back when I was relevant,”

  • MzNicky

    And another thing: If they can’t cure cancer, can they at least come up with a vaccine against insufferability and give Peggers a big ol’ painful shot in her butt?

  • S.Luggo

    Lady de Noonieville, member of a party of straight-shooters, who gave us:

    – Operation Iraqi Freedom
    – Islamo-fascism
    – Enhanced Interrogation Techniques
    – Misunderestimating risk
    – Pre-emptive Invasion (aka, unprovoked attack)
    – Healthy Forest Initiative (allowing increased logging of protected wilderness)
    – Clear Skies Initiative (allowing increased mercury emissions; exempting coal plants & refineries from sdding new anti-pollution equipment st the time of their production upgrade)
    – Stuff happens

    “I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market system.” –George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Dec. 16, 2008

  • RoscoePColtraine

    “For behold, it is as I have commanded thee, for were it not so, I would not have spoken thus: take thine ass from thine head.”

  • God, Country, and Jail

    Peggy Noonan =/= WASP.
    Do NOT pin this looneytunes on us. Okay, we killed the Indians, but then we totally mellowed.

  • TGY

    She’s used to a more basic level of obfuscation from a previous administration.

  • Mustang

    “Blah blah blah poverty blah blah blah disease blah blah suffering blah blah BLAH Oh for the love of MIKE, Ms. Sibelius…You bore me!!!”

  • mookworthjwilson

    this may be a stupid questions, but does anyone real care what this twatface has to say?

  • wheelie

    [re=318054]God, Country, and Jail[/re]: But she digs frayed WASP carpets and thinks we should all get one to survive the recession; she said so the other week. I’ve ordered mine off of eBay.

  • S.Luggo

    “It would be nice if America were allowed to know what exactly the plan is, and how it would work, and who would pay, and how.”

    Which is why we have this clear explanation of the Republican alternative plan from Eric Cantor:

  • the lady MS. Sheila Dixon

    [re=318069]mookworthjwilson[/re]: Whenever I hear Piggy and that Daily Beast bitch on morning joe , i think of

  • AxmxZ

    There are no big words, Dame Noonington, only very small heads. With unfortunately big mouths.

  • Boojum

    “I continue to be astounded by how much Mr. Obama reminds me in his first few months of George W. Bush in his first few years. There is a sense with both men that they always pushed too hard, were always pounding their cocks in, harder, just a bit too hard, in my ass.”

    There. Fixed.

  • JoeSmithHomo

    Pegs! Health care is just one of those things that should retain an air of mystery. Ms. Sebelius handled the situation as should be expected. Briefly acknowledging with a knowing glance and then just walking by, her eye to the future.

  • pdiddycornchips

    Who wrote that opening? Why does Noonanington bring out your inner Oscar Wilde?

  • germansteel

    Next to Cokie Roberts, there is no more vacuous, insipid and boring person in the commentary business than Nooner or Sooner, herself. There was a day when she might have been doable, but that was in the last century. Also.

  • BlueStateLibtard

    Oh God, I could just see that apartment, sun-faded flowery curtains, shabby chic roses upholstery, warm and musty, priceless bric-a-brac on the mantle of the never-used fireplace, photos from 40 years ago hanging all askew, couple of prescription bottles on the antique sidetable…

  • nbawriter

    Ken, nothing brings out your poetic potential like Pregs by Noontime. And your scene setting was a triumph of the craft. It also made a little puke get to the top of my throat … then shoot violently onto my screen.

    Bottom line: You owe me one laptop machine.

  • pdiddycornchips

    “Most people in the administration, and many in government, speak as she speaks, and have for many years”

    Wingnuts prefer their catch phrases like they prefer their women. Dumbed down and easy.

    Evil Doers

    They hate our Freedom

    I’m the decider

  • BlueStateLibtard

    [re=318188]pdiddycornchips[/re]: Wingnuts prefer women? Hm, I’d beg to differ.

  • assistant/atlas

    Apparently, Peggy Noonan simply does not care for inane, vague, bullshit-filled utterances.

    Given her writing, this would qualify as ironic, yes?

  • loquaciousmusic

    [re=317968]Mr Blifil[/re]: Bristol Palin’s running for Congress?

  • jagorev

    Is it wrong that Jim’s description of Peggy’s repose gave me a boner?

  • RabidHamster

    [re=317956]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: I’m not a fan of blood, but if you want to set her aflame, I’ll volunteer to piss on her to help put it out eventually. Wait, is that the ban-line I see behind me? crap! also.

  • Scandalabra

    La Noonan now works for Rupert Murdoch. What part of apropos does she not understand?

  • facehead

    WTF? I have a few WASP posters on my wall, and a keychain, I had no idea they made carpets. Will it clash with my KISS ARMY sofa cushions?

  • Tommmcatt



  • Ken Layne

    [re=318245]jagorev[/re]: Especially because Jim didn’t write it!

  • WadISay

    For the record, Peggy totally creamed her jeans over Bush during his first term. Her descriptions of him throwing out the first pitch of the baseball season, or landing on the carrier, or “the deep bond forming between [Bush] and the American people” are geriatric porn classics. Dissembling twat.

  • Tommmcatt

    I often wonder if Mms. Noonan reads these, and, if so, what will happen on that day, in the future, when she and Newell, or Layne, end up off in a corner at some press function somewhere. What will she say to them, I wonder? Will it be like a scene from Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolfe?, or more like something out of The Graduate? Time will tell, I suppose….

    I also wonder if Peggy is a commenter here, and if her screenname is Custerwolfe.

    Questions, questions….

  • rebellitor

    Et tu, Peggy? With the anti-intellectual rhetoric? Pandering to the Palin crowd again. They won’t have you back, Peggy! They won’t!

  • facehead

    [re=318343]Tommmcatt[/re]: Might it not go like STAR WARS?

    Newell: Oh, er, hi there Mrs. Noonan, I work for Won … a local warblog.

    Peggy: I know who you are, Jim Newell.

    Newell: Hmm … would you like a drink?

    Peggy: Jim, I have something important to tell you.

    Newell: O dear.

    Peggy: Jim, I am your father.


  • Tommmcatt


    Ah, yes. Yes, just like that, of course.

  • hobospacejunkie

    [re=318354]facehead[/re]: Ken don’t get no respect.

  • buggers

    Dear Ken Layne, this post was awesome. HIGH FIVE!!

  • Bruno

    So who is Peggy Noonan ‘doing’ to keep her career alive? I am really curious that anyone with that much money would stoop to such a level

  • MrsNateSilver

    [re=318182]nbawriter[/re]: Absolutely agree about the puke in mouth. Especially with this visual: “droplets of warm gin on her pale belly…” Oh God. There is went a again. Bubbling vomit from up my guts.

  • MrsNateSilver

    Erm, “There IT went again.” Saturday Morning Typos Rool.

  • rpmcestmoi

    The rich rosary clutcher still lusts for the addled Ronnie….daddy, daddy, tuck me in…!…and is trying to stay within the lines of the glorious right as described by Murdoch and the Bankers (good name for a TV series on Fox, don’t you think?) so the local liquor store keeps delivering. Hey, a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do!
    This meandering, sophistic piece of the 16th in the Wall Street Journal lacks that centeredness she had when she was curling her tongue for Obama. It is clear she doesn’t care but she needs to type every day. Type and drink. That’s discipline.
    There is a special place in hell for such religious putas with unconscious incestuous impulses. It is where they keep Republican gays who will not admit to their reasonable and human feelings; bankers who, well, are bankers; and defilers of children.

  • sagebrush

    Does anyone know if Peggers was writing such addle-pated BS when she was writing speeches for the Gipper? Or is the senile dementia taking over? And why does the NYT publish it?

  • WadISay

    [re=318675]sagebrush[/re]: The Pegstress wrote George H.W. Bush’s “room called tomorrow” speech, back in the ’80s. So, yes, early onset senile dementia. As to why this fluttery, gushy shit gets published, it is to serve as proof to unbelievers of the banality of evil in the world. Capice?

  • mrcknievel

    Peggy Noonan’s columns = drunk dialing….really.

    She writes “President Obama continues to baffle and delight the proles with an incandescent smile, and leonine assurance..a political mirage in an economic desert…blahzay…*snore*..blahzay…”

    I hear “Baaaaaarack…I will NOT be ignored…Baaaaarack..fuck it I’m boiling Bo..”

  • jagorev

    [re=318303]Ken Layne[/re]: Whoops. Consider it a compliment – this was a Newell-level deconstruction of Peggs.

  • EdFlinstone

    You know in Peggys day, these uninsured kids were healed with government cheese and capital gains tax cuts.