Peggy Noonan: This Is No Ordinary Scandal

 

 

 

 

” “Something big has shifted,” Noonan added. “The standing of the administration has changed. As always, it comes down to trust.”

Noonan, who served President Ronald Reagan, said that Obama, “as usual, acts as if all of this is totally unconnected to him. He’s shocked, it’s unacceptable, he’ll get to the bottom of it. He read about it in the papers.

“But he is not unconnected, he is not a bystander,” she said. “This is his administration. Those are his executive agencies. He runs the IRS and the Justice Department.

“A president sets a mood, a tone. He establishes an atmosphere. If he is arrogant, arrogance spreads. If he is to too partisan, too disrespecting of political adversaries, that spreads, too.”

She called the Internal Revenue Service scandal the more serious of those engulfing Obama.

“This was more systemic. It was an operation. The word was out: Get the Democratic Party’s foes,” she said.”