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WSJ’s Peggy Noonan visits Hoover Institution

The Hoover Institution hosted a visit with Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan on Friday, the think tank reports. Noonan met with Hoover fellows, but did not give a public talk.

WSJ columnist and author Peggy Noonan visited the Hoover Institution on Friday, November 11, 2011. Noonan’s recent columns have tackled topics including the oppositional rhetoric of President Obama and US representative Paul Ryan, the Republican primary candidates and debates, and the Occupy Wall Street protests. Hoover fellows and Noonan discussed current political and cultural events.

Noonan has written seven books on American politics, history, and culture. Her essays have appeared in Forbes, Time, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and other publications, and she is a frequent guest on political talk shows. Noonan was a special assistant to President Ronald Reagan from 1984 to 1986.

Not all Hoover fellows are impressed with Noonan’s work, though. Research fellow Paul R. Gregory confessed on his blog in May:

I rarely make it through a Peggy Noonan article. Her WSJ column soars into the stratosphere, high above the political fray. She muses in rhetorical flourishes about the human condition. She offers little advice or analysis that I consider of practical use.

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.


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