The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan Needs A New Word For ‘Loser’

Peggy Noonan, the conservative columnist for the Wall Street Journal, is none too happy with the Obama administration. This morning in her op-ed piece for the publication she got really creative in her name calling of President Obama. She referred to him as a ‘loser.’ The last time I heard anyone call someone a ‘loser’ was in 1993 and his name was Beck, and he was calling himself that.

Next she attacked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney by calling him a “ferret with flop sweat.” It wasn’t until this morning that I had heard the term, but Urban Dictionary filled in the blanks for me as to what the hell the term meant.

Flop sweat:  Nervous perspiration caused by a fear of failure before an audience.

The republicans are on a roll this week with their antics. Just a couple days ago it was revealed that they were watching The Town for inspiration on how to handle this debt ceiling crisis. If you ever wondered exactly where your tax dollars went, now you know: movies, and maybe popcorn too.

The “hostage situation,” as Obama has called the debt ceiling situation, is faraway from being settled as neither party wants to budge. But what’s new? These two parties have a habit of holding out to the bitter end, putting the American public into a whirlwind of fear and confusion. Perhaps it’s a scare tactic to keep us in place? Or maybe just kids on a playground who refuse to get along.

Noonan also went on to compare Obama to the two presidents before him.

On President Clinton:

“Clinton radiated personality. As angry as folks got with him about Nafta or Monica, there was always a sense of genuine, generous caring.”

On George W. Bush:

“If folks were upset with him, he still had this goofy kind of personality that folks could relate to. You might think he was totally misguided but he seemed genuinely so. . . . Maybe the most important word that described Clinton and Bush but not Obama is ‘genuine.’ [Obama] doesn’t exude any feeling that what he says and does is genuine.”

So Obama is not genuine, nor is he the “devil, an alien, a socialist.” No. According to Noonan, he’s a “loser.”

How childish is such a term? Very. Noonan is obviously an educated woman, so why she could not find a more colorful, delightful and interesting way to ridicule Obama is, frankly, mind boggling. As a lover of words, I want to help Noonan expand her insults for her next op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal. I consulted Merriam-Webster and found the following synonyms for her:

“Bomb, bummer, bust, catastrophe, clinker, clunker, debacle, disaster, dud, fiasco, fizzle, flop, frost, lemon, miss, shipwreck, turkey washout, botch, hash, dog, disappointment, muddle, shambles and nonstarter.”

Perhaps next time, Noonan can call Obama a “fizzle” or a “lemon,” or maybe a “fizzly lemon.” That sounds like a lovely summer drink, doesn’t it?  Maybe members of  both parties should probably indulge in a “fizzly lemon” cocktail, so they can finally quit their bickering and save the economy before it’s too late.

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    • W Bertrand

      I had to look up flop sweat as well and folks, it fits. Perfectly! Her description of Bush and Clinton was apt as well. Both had their faults but they cared for all of us and not just the next election. Miss Noonan’s colorful description describes our floundering chief executive as well.