‘Clear and inescapable’: The choice between Trump and Biden

'Clear and inescapable': The choice between Trump and Biden

Columnist Peggy Noonan’s decision to go full-metal-jacket for Joe Biden in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday opens a new flank in the Democratic assault on the incumbent president. As one would expect from a scrupulous professional, Ms. Noonan has not taken up the cudgels in the most furious, disreputable tactics of the anti-Trump resistance these past four years.

She did not explicitly buy into the Russia-Trump collusion fraud, was not a cheerleader for impeachment over unimpeachable activities and, as far as I observed, never touched the nonsense about the Logan Act, the Emoluments Clause or invocation of the 25th Amendment. She favored impeachment without suggesting whether President Trump should be convicted and removed.

The one area where a reader could note that she had gone over to the barricades of Trump’s enemies was in her condemnation of his initially dismissive attitude to the coronavirus. This is something of an embarrassment for the president, but there was a widespread practice at the outset — including by such figures as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — to underrate the potential danger of the illness and to shore up public morale against initial panic. Of course, Democrats quickly abandoned that position when they saw the possibilities that a prolonged shutdown and an economic depression might enable them to snatch the election from the jaws of defeat, where it was before the onset of the illness.