Peggy Noonan, noted magical dolphin authority, discusses Scott McClellan's book. She does so with all her customary insight -- that is to say, it's a pretty worthless column. Except for this bit, which shows that while even a blind squirrel sometimes find a nut, it's more correct to say that squirrely Reagan-fetishist columnists are nuts, and can be pretty blind.
Noonan puts two paragraphs right next to each other. See if you can spot the flaw in her thinking.
The left, while embracing the book's central assertions, will paint him as a weasel who belatedly 'fessed up. They're big on omertà on the left. It's part of how they survive.
The right will—already has—pummel him for disloyalty. But those damning him today would have damned him even more if he'd resigned on principle three years ago. They—and the administration—would have beaten him to a pulp, the former from rage, the latter as a lesson: This is what happens when you leave and talk.
Yes, clearly it is the Left that survives on omertà, as opposed to the Right, and that is the logical conclusion to draw from the McClellan episode. The Bush administration, you see, is entirely composed of Legitimate Businessmen.
And then we get this:
[We need] More serious books, like Doug Feith's. More "this is what I saw" and "this is what is true."
Conservatism is not "out of ideas." It's full of lunatics.