The official statement credits here with "rising to the moment with beautifully rendered columns that connected readers to the shared virtues of Americans during one of the nation’s most divisive political campaigns." And it lists 10 columns, all of which can be read at the link (which is great, since they're originally published at the Wall Street Journal, where you need and probably don't have a subscription):
- February 27, 2016 Trump and the Rise of the Unprotected
- March 5, 2016 The Republican Party is Shattering
- April 23, 2016 That Moment When 2016 Hits You
- May 7, 2016 Trump Was a Spark, Not the Fire
- August 27, 2016 A Wounded Boy’s Silence, And the Candidates’
- September 10, 2016 Remembering a Hero, 15 Years After 9/11
- September 24, 2016 The Year of the Reticent Voter
- October 22, 2016 Imagine a Sane Donald Trump
- November 26, 2016 No More Business as Usual, Mr. Trump
- December 31, 2016 Shining a Light on ‘Back Row’ America
I blogged about "What to Tell Your Children About Trump" here. I tweaked her as "Kind of vulnerable to flattery." Trump had talked to her on the phone about how she'd been "unfair to him, sometimes mean, sometimes really, really mean." I guess the Pulitzer people liked other columns — the ones where she was mean.
And I blogged about her November 11th column — "What Comes After the Uprising" — here.
So... from inside the elite, where people are "lost in a data-filled fog" and did not see what was coming, Noonan is able to report that there's fear and to demand reassurance. Her prescription is: Hire the elite insiders!So... I didn't like the 2 columns I did blog about. I don't know if I would have preferred the 10 the Pulitzer people chose, but none of them jumped out at me as much as the 2 I chose. Obviously, I'm at least as likely to blog about something I don't like as something I like. But I haven't methodically read the 10 chosen columns, so I'm not really in a position to assert that the Pulitzer committee only likes conservative columnists when they are aggressing against conservatives.*
The president-elect should make a handful of appointments quickly, briskly, with an initial emphasis on old hands and known quantities. Ideological foes need not be included but accomplished Washington figures, especially those from previous administrations, should be invited in. It is silly to worry that Mr. Trump’s supporters will start to fear he’s gone establishment. They believe in him, are beside themselves with joy, and will understand he’s shoring up his position and communicating stability.Trump needs help, she says.... Not only does Donald Trump not know how to be President, in Noonan's view, he didn't even know how to run for President. He just happened to be there in the midst of a people's movement, an "uprising"... "It was a natural, self-driven eruption."
... [T]here are former officials and true experts with esteemed backgrounds who need to be told: Help him.... Donald Trump doesn’t know how to be president...
Incredible! Trump didn't run a high-class, high-tech campaign. That's correct. But that doesn't mean he did nothing!... Here was one man who looked at America and saw it his own way, jumped into something for the first time, and played it instinctively, screwing up sometimes, but standing strong and barreling on. It's the most amazing political performance I've seen in my life.
And Peggy Noonan would like to deem it nothing and to say it was the people who did it all. And now, as she sees it, Trump threatens to take his nothing performance into the White House. He didn't know how to campaign, and he "doesn’t know how to be president." So he needs help from the professionals, from Noonan's circle of highly educated, elite, befogged friends. He needed them before, and he's only lucky he won without their help. He stumbled into a people's movement, a "natural" uprising of "normal people." So he'd better bring in the abnormals who didn't see what was coming but who are finding it "somehow... more beautiful" because they didn't see it coming. They didn't position themselves properly to seem as though they belong close to the new President, but perhaps if Peggy strings enough words together Trump will see the strange, wonderful way that they really do belong.
* This sentence should be recognized as employing the rhetorical device called apophasis.