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December 18, 2009

NOONAN LAMENTS 'THE ADAM LAMBERT PROBLEM'.... Pollsters routinely ask Americans whether they believe the country is, in general, on the right track or the wrong track. Politicos tend to take the number pretty seriously -- it offers a peek into the public's overall attitudes on the economy, politics, the future, etc.

For the first third of the year, the right-track/wrong-track numbers were moving quickly in the right direction. But over the summer, they peaked, leveled off, and began to drift in a pessimistic direction again.

The Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan thinks she knows why. (via Steve M.)

The economy has always had an impact on the general American mood, and the poll offered data to buttress the reader's assumption that economic concerns are driving pessimism.... But something tells me this isn't all about money. It's possible, and I can't help but think likely, that the poll is also about other things, and maybe even primarily about other things.

Sure, Americans are worried about long-term debt and endless deficits. We're worried about taxes and the burden we're bequeathing to our children, and their children.

But we are concerned about other things, too, and there are often signs in various polls that those things may dwarf economic concerns. Americans are worried about the core and character of the American nation, and about our culture.

It is one thing to grouse that dreadful people who don't care about us control our economy, but another, and in a way more personal, thing to say that people who don't care about us control our culture. In 2009 this was perhaps most vividly expressed in the Adam Lambert Problem.

I tend not to keep up such things, but it seems Adam Lambert is a singer, made popular by "American Idol." Lambert, who is gay, did some racy number on ABC several weeks ago; the network freaked out; and it caused a national stir for about a day and a half.

Noonan, however, sees a larger significance: "Mr. Lambert's act left viewers feeling not just offended but assaulted.... It cannot be exaggerated, how much Americans feel besieged by the culture of their own country, and to what lengths they have to go to protect their children from it."

All of this has a certain stay-off-my-lawn quality that's not especially compelling. It was more than a half-century ago, but I suspect a similar column must have run in 1956, when Elvis swung his hips a little too much on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Professional pollsters can probably speak to this more effectively than I can, but I imagine the right-track/wrong-track numbers have very little to do with a televised musical number that the vast majority of Americans didn't watch and barely remember. Rather, people probably feel more optimistic when the economy is stronger, jobs are more plentiful, families have health care coverage, parents can afford their kids' college tuition, and servicemen and women come home from war(s).

This year, the numbers faded, not because of a culture conflict, but because people had higher expectations of how quickly the country would recover from last year's disasters. When progress was slower than was hoped, optimism for many faded.

About a year ago, the right-track/wrong-track number was the lowest it's been since the dawn of modern polling -- the right-track number fell, frighteningly enough, into the single digits in some major national polls. It wasn't because wholesome families saw something they perceived as lewd on the American Music Awards show; it was because Noonan's friends in the Bush White House had run the country into a deep ditch, one which we're still crawling out of.

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Noonan and other talking heads earn their wages making stuff up - this is merely another example of her earning her pay! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on December 18, 2009 at 2:50 PM | PERMALINK

"a televised musical number that the vast majority of Americans didn't watch and barely remember"

See, that's what wrong with most Americans today. I, on the other hand, remember everything I don't watch. In fact, right now I'm recalling the episode of Lost I didn't watch last week (if there was one).

Posted by: Ken Glenny on December 18, 2009 at 2:55 PM | PERMALINK

This explains a lot (maybe most) of the "wrong way," I think:
http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2009/12/18/corporatism/index.html

Posted by: Dems lose huge in 2010 on December 18, 2009 at 2:59 PM | PERMALINK

She's on to something but it sure as h*ll isn't Adam Lambert. The country is worried about the right wing evangelistic nut cases that are running the Republican party. They are worried that this country is no longer about religious freedom and a country of immigrants. These idiots have a 'prayer meeting' asking for health care to fail and rain down on the Democrats. They are INSANE and WHO does the media report on??? Not the hardworking 'normal' middle class but these 'thumpers' and 'tea partiers'...And THEN the meeting will set it up with one 'normal' person making a comment and being rebutted by the crazies and act like that's EQUAL.

Posted by: SYSPROG on December 18, 2009 at 3:01 PM | PERMALINK

I'm concerned that anyone still cares what Noonan thinks about anything.

Posted by: Jamie on December 18, 2009 at 3:04 PM | PERMALINK

My "wrong track" number goes up any time I realize Noonan writes for a national audience.

Posted by: Memekiller on December 18, 2009 at 3:05 PM | PERMALINK

culture? what god damn culture?

i get it... a gay guy flaunts.

and a black guy leads the country... who the hell do they think they are?

oh, please, peggy, have another schlurp a'gin...go talk to the guys down at the end of the bar, the ones with the shaved heads...they'll listen to ya...

Posted by: neill on December 18, 2009 at 3:05 PM | PERMALINK

I'm pessimistic because Peggy Noonan still gets printed by newspapers. I've seen more insightful LolCats.

And WTF is an Adam Lambert, and why should I care? Do the new telescreens not come with an "off" button?

Posted by: dr2chase on December 18, 2009 at 3:06 PM | PERMALINK

The christian guy won Idol. what more does she want?

Posted by: SaintZak on December 18, 2009 at 3:08 PM | PERMALINK

I disagree with high expectation of economy. Americans had a expectations Congress would work to move the country forward and provide insurance reform for the beleagured American. We are daily bombarded with right wing voices shouting hate mongering lies to prevent legislation to move the country forward. John Birchers use violent rhetoric and threaten with violence to get their agenda on top.I am tired of Congress telling us they want what is best for Americans , when actually Congress( there are exceptions) wants what is best for their own bottom line and personal vengence.

Posted by: MLJohnston on December 18, 2009 at 3:11 PM | PERMALINK

I've become increasingly pessimistic over the last 30 years because one of our two major political parties has become increasingly psychotic and peopled by hypocritical nutjobs who think that "going rogue" is a Good Thing.

Posted by: josef on December 18, 2009 at 3:12 PM | PERMALINK

>>>Noonan, however, sees a larger significance: "Mr. Lambert's act left viewers feeling not just offended but assaulted.... It cannot be exaggerated, how much Americans feel besieged by the culture of their own country, and to what lengths they have to go to protect their children from it."

LOL. I guess Tiger's sexual escapades didn't bother anyone because it was 'straight'sex and everyone knows 'straight' sex is healthy, all American sex.....even if it means you have to cheat on your spouse to do it. We need to have a special place for the Noonans of this country so they can play out their fantasies without being subjected to any challenges by reality.

Posted by: ted on December 18, 2009 at 3:13 PM | PERMALINK

So what is the Adam Lambert problem? Is it the sad fact that he didn't win, but only came in second? Or is it the probability that he was happy he didn't win? Or is the problem related to his choice of clothes for the "think you can dance" performance (looked like black poop on his right shoulder, and the shoes, the horror of the shoes).

I'm going with the poop...and too much makeup on his imperfect cheeks.

Posted by: tomj on December 18, 2009 at 3:14 PM | PERMALINK

Pure projection. Noonan once again proving her utter uselessness. Also, "people who don't care about us control our culture"? Such as, oh, I dunno, columnists at the WSJ and other Marie Antoinettes living in a bubble of their own invention, perhaps?

Posted by: bobbo on December 18, 2009 at 3:15 PM | PERMALINK

It's a miracle Lambert became an idol. It's a miracle that when he tired and began to slip, the dolphins who surrounded him like a contingent of angels pushed him upward.

It is fall now… Out West, where you vacation, the aspens will already be turning. They turn in clusters, because their roots connect them. Come back to work—and life.

Posted by: Peggy Noonan on December 18, 2009 at 3:16 PM | PERMALINK

sounds like peggy's been busy doing her christmas shopping and had little time to prepare a column so she decided to take something pat buchanan wrote a few months ago and recycle it with her own spin.

in other words, it's a piece of crap. if there is a whiff of discontent in the air it's because of the economy, stupid. double digit unemployment tends to do that. of course, that doesn't make for a provocative column since it's so damn obvious.

btw, what did adam lambert do? i am so far out of the loop ...

Posted by: mudwall jackson on December 18, 2009 at 3:17 PM | PERMALINK

btw, what did adam lambert do? i am so far out of the loop ... -mudwall jackson

Had the nerve to kiss another boy on teevee.

Posted by: doubtful on December 18, 2009 at 3:18 PM | PERMALINK

Didn't the Doughy Pantload(tm) recently have a lengthy anti-reality TV screed published in the formerly-illustrious Los Angeles Times?

Do the all still leap on cue to whatever talking points get faxed out? How long before Hannity and O'Reilly call out Project Runway for enabling terrorists and wanting to take away our guns?

Posted by: poliwog on December 18, 2009 at 3:26 PM | PERMALINK

Sometimes you just have to keep walking, Peg...into a long-overdue retirement.

Posted by: shortstop on December 18, 2009 at 3:27 PM | PERMALINK

Well, hopefully the right people were offended by Adam Lambert (being those that believe the majority has the duty to extend or withhold rights to the minority cultures). Music has always been the young generation's report card to the older one.

Posted by: Hannah on December 18, 2009 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK

I had an Adam Lambert problem.

Posted by: Larry Craig on December 18, 2009 at 3:32 PM | PERMALINK

I have a Lambert problem.

Posted by: Ted Haggart on December 18, 2009 at 3:34 PM | PERMALINK

Another column where Noonan notices that there is objective evidence available, then chooses to ignore it in preference to a projection of her own issues.

Far more evidence exists that the public's pessimism is due to people like Peggy Noonan having positions of influence than of any Adam Lambert "problem".

Posted by: biggerbox on December 18, 2009 at 3:34 PM | PERMALINK

I have a tea-bagging problem.

Posted by: Rick Perry on December 18, 2009 at 3:35 PM | PERMALINK

I have an Adam Lambert problem. I think? How old is he again?

Posted by: Mark Foley on December 18, 2009 at 3:40 PM | PERMALINK

It cannot be exaggerated, how much Americans feel besieged by the culture of their own country, and to what lengths they have to go to protect their children from it.

Ummm, in our "free" country, if Americans don't like what is offered to them, don't they have the option not to watch/listen/read?

Love the way the "free" market stops at cultural activity.

Posted by: M. Bouffant on December 18, 2009 at 3:45 PM | PERMALINK

"See, that's what wrong with most Americans today. I, on the other hand, remember everything I don't watch. In fact, right now I'm recalling the episode of Lost I didn't watch last week (if there was one)."

Kenny this cracked me up. Thanks for the laugh. lol

Posted by: Silver Owl on December 18, 2009 at 3:46 PM | PERMALINK

I had never heard of Adam Lambert before reading this post. I blame Howard Dean.

Posted by: PeakVT on December 18, 2009 at 3:47 PM | PERMALINK

If you would like to know why the country is feeling more and more pessimistic just turn on the TV. Reality shows, news programs, and even many commercials show the worst in people. After watching most tv programming I feel depressed.

Posted by: tiredofgreed on December 18, 2009 at 3:48 PM | PERMALINK

Reality-newsfommercials.

Posted by: red on December 18, 2009 at 3:50 PM | PERMALINK

Love the way the "free" market stops at cultural activity.

Good one!

Posted by: Bob M on December 18, 2009 at 3:53 PM | PERMALINK


Oh come on, Steve! We all now perfectly well that the reason people felt that we were on the wrong track a year ago was becasue of The Terrorist Fist-Bump Problem.

Posted by: Old School on December 18, 2009 at 3:54 PM | PERMALINK

Shorter Noonan: "Gays are icky!"

Posted by: king buzzo on December 18, 2009 at 3:59 PM | PERMALINK

Well Lambert faked fellatio on his program. I think that's just ridiculous. I am not into pretending to shove a person's face into your crotch on stage, man or woman.

Posted by: MNPundit on December 18, 2009 at 4:01 PM | PERMALINK

Personally, I find it much more obscene that we are blowing the limbs off Iraqi children or bombing Afghan wedding parties, than who Adam Lambert chooses to kiss. Why do conservatives get so squeamish about sex and don't bat an eyelash over mass murder? War is the ultimate pornography!

Posted by: $am Simple on December 18, 2009 at 4:02 PM | PERMALINK

5 bucks says she lives in D.C., Anything special happen there?

Posted by: red on December 18, 2009 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK

Funny, I don't remember Noonan having a problem with Bob Dole (talk about ewww!!!) pitching boner pills on the teevee.

Posted by: scooter on December 18, 2009 at 4:10 PM | PERMALINK

Pointing at excessive sexuality on tv takes people's eyes off the excessive salaries of CEOs. Both of these are on their way out.

Posted by: catherineD on December 18, 2009 at 4:15 PM | PERMALINK

If we shredded her piece (as it should be) and made compost of it, the runoff would create toxic bilge water. Please, keep your perversions in the dark and use them to brutalize the innocent as the conservatives do.

Posted by: Hyperbolic Hypocrisy on December 18, 2009 at 4:17 PM | PERMALINK

"I suspect a similar column must have run in 1956, when Elvis swung his hips a little too much on The Ed Sullivan Show"

I believe it was also Peggy Noonan who wrote that column.

Posted by: converse on December 18, 2009 at 4:24 PM | PERMALINK

"I believe it was also Peggy Noonan who wrote that column."


converse, thanks for the laugh!

Posted by: tiredofgreed on December 18, 2009 at 4:36 PM | PERMALINK

It cannot be exaggerated, how much Americans feel besieged by the culture of their own country

as a gay-American I can't agree enough! Noonan nails it FTW

Posted by: andy on December 18, 2009 at 6:00 PM | PERMALINK

I'd love to see a poll of how many Americans know who Adam Lambert is-- especially Americans of voting age. I for one have no idea.

I liked Noonan for 5 minutes once, when she talked smack about Palin. Other than that she seems to be suggesting that the right track/wrong track numbers have something to do with some kind of brewing culture war-- sorry, but culture war crap is what we do well during peacetime or what the GOP does when they run out of ideas. When people are jobless they don't care about an "Adam Lambert problem."

Posted by: zoe kentucky on December 18, 2009 at 6:13 PM | PERMALINK

Yes, Republicans make a big stink about sex, yet they're the ones "ruining" the culture with their sex scandals. Peggy Noonan still hasn't left the 50s and she has this retro technicolor starry eyed vision of what America should be. It's hilarious that she actually wrote this dreck and got it published. Yech.

Posted by: elizabeth on December 18, 2009 at 6:51 PM | PERMALINK

Er, didn't Adam Lambert become a star on American Idol because something like 40 Million Americans voted for him?

Posted by: mars on December 18, 2009 at 7:15 PM | PERMALINK

Let the pearl clutchers cluck all they want...Adam Lambert is a force. He's here, he's queer, and he's fantastic.

Posted by: Love him on December 18, 2009 at 8:06 PM | PERMALINK

Reprinting Noonan's crackpot ravings just makes you look as insane. I have a problem with Adam Lambert...I can't get enough of him. Even though my husband lost his six figure job, and we lost our home, listening to Adam's phenomenal voice has entertained and inspired me to feel that there is hope. If Ms. Noonan wants to know what is truly getting people down, all she need do is look in the mirror. If only closed minds came with closed mouths, the world would be a better place.

Posted by: Nina on December 18, 2009 at 8:23 PM | PERMALINK

Noonan simply wants to change the subject to something other than the economy; pundits to the contrary, most people, as yet, still hold the Republicans responsible for that!
On the other hand, it's well known that Democrats are out to make everyone into gay, abortion-demanding socialists who don't believe in God/guns/greed (take your pick).

Posted by: Doug on December 18, 2009 at 9:00 PM | PERMALINK

Noonan is such an asshole, to gripe about Lambert's gaymancing but just swallow avalanches of right-wing filth, comparisons of Obama to Hitler etc. from her so "dignified" Party ...

Posted by: neil b. on December 18, 2009 at 9:10 PM | PERMALINK

Where do I even began? Which of the following fuck-ups best accounts for what is truly getting people down?

Torture?
Kidnapping?
War crimes?
Illegal detention?
Illegal war?
Illegal wire-taps?
Hidden KIA caskets?
Insufficient armor?
Katrina?
Covert agent outing?
Falsified intelligence?
Deleted emails?
Politicized hiring/firing?
No-bid contracts?
"Bring'em on?"
"Go fuck yourself?"
Abu Gharib?
Gitmo?
Mission Accomplished?
"Now you've covered your ass?"
"Heckuva job Brownie?"
My Pet Goat?
Healthcare costs?
Wall Street bailout?
Zero accountability?

None of these matter. It must be Adams Lambert.

Posted by: Banana-Eating Kungle Monkey on December 18, 2009 at 9:11 PM | PERMALINK

misfired misinformed misdirection.........

Posted by: Edith on December 18, 2009 at 9:42 PM | PERMALINK

Adam Lambert? And how did he get famous? Fox TV! Yes, Rupert's really big contribution to the dumbing down of America.
oldswede

Posted by: oldswede on December 19, 2009 at 12:23 AM | PERMALINK

Adam Lambert is the least of our worries. The Peggy Noonan problem on the other hand...

Posted by: karen on December 19, 2009 at 12:47 AM | PERMALINK

The AMA performance was gross, sick, nasty, and revolting. It was totally planned and rehearsed ... from the simulated oral sex to the middle fingering. All done to boost sales, because that's the kind of thing Adam Lambert fans love. What's next? Well, all the sexual perversions have been exploited except children and animals, so that is where Adam will go next ... and YOU ADAM LAMBERT FANS will love it, because that's the kind of sick, twisted, perverted, immoral people YOU are.

Posted by: Mary on December 19, 2009 at 12:56 AM | PERMALINK

@ mary Thank you for making it crystal clear who is correct in both Banana-Eating Kungle Monkey and SYSPROG'S examples. You couldn't have made more of a case against people like you, if you tried. Please continue to rail against the "Dread Adam Lambert", set your tune to a fiddle, and watch as Rome burns.

Posted by: Lisa on December 19, 2009 at 3:04 AM | PERMALINK

Apparently I'm in the minority here, but I thought Peggy Noonan made a pretty good point. If anything, she didn't go far enough. This is far bigger than a measly little Adam Lambert incident. Ever since TV became a consumer product in 1947, we have suffered for it. You have to see the "Adam Lambert" problem as 1 of 1,000 examples of this kind of trend. With issues like unemployment, the 10.5% number is so clear that not much is lost in interpretation. However with cultural issues there is enough subtlety that we need a wise oracle like Peggy Noonan to point things out, and this she has done with gusto.

The issue is it's the 20% of people who get off on this trash (NOT gay sex simulations, but the whole reality TV 'revolution' that blew up in 2000 with Survivor) who make TV watching miserable for the majority of normal people.

Whatever though. I have better things to do with my time than watch TV (record music, hit the gym, read books). People who spend 4 hours every evening planted in front of a TV have no right to complain about the content of what they're watching. To me the larger point is that TV itself has done wonders in degrading the American character and turning so many people into the flabby, unthinking drones that they are. Was it normal to be fat in 2/3 of the country back in 1950, or did people take a little pride in their appearance and dignity?

Anyways, I'm trying to say that these cultural issues matter. I don't vote for either party or really have much of a political agenda here, just would like to see people take it seriously when others speak of the decline in American character. It never ceases to amaze me how many people waste their entire lives watching this crap. Doesn't mean you have to accept the other baggage that comes along with a Peggy Noonan type.

One last point, the issue isn't the free market, which is the best way to organize society over the long term. It's the truths that the free market is telling us about our own character. If people really prefer to watch this garbage, then garbage is what should be on TV. What should really change is the American character, and when that happens the quality of television program will also improve to reflect that. However, as things stand now these Adam Lambert incidents are the kinds of things that make money. The beauty of the market is that it tells no lies about what Americans want to spend their bling-bling ($$$$) on.

Posted by: Dan Bryan on December 19, 2009 at 7:11 AM | PERMALINK

I've been a long time subscriber to The Wall Street Journal and gave up on their editorials a long time ago. They reflect a right wing and often irrational perspective that has only been accentuated since Murdoch took over the publication. The danger for the publication is that he's slowly moving the editorial direction over to the news coverage, turning what had been a good business and news reporting publication into a right wing rag ala Faux News.

Posted by: Paul on December 19, 2009 at 12:32 PM | PERMALINK

Now, now. We must all be very sympathetic towards Ms. Noonan. She only recently woke up from an eight-year-long coma to find the country in ruins. During that time some impudent imposter had been writing columns under her byline declaring George W. Bush the greatest statesman since Solon, the invasion of Iraq a brilliant idea and deficit spending a non-issue.

No wonder she's so dazed and confused.

Posted by: Mandy Cat on December 19, 2009 at 3:08 PM | PERMALINK

Peggy who?

Isn't Noonan about 5-6 years away from retirement age? (unless she should live as long as Jesse Helms, or Strom Thurmond).

It really won't be that long until she, and other nostalgic/sentimental get-off-my-lawn types,
(eg Pat Buchannan) are no longer with us ...

Posted by: Joe Bloggs on December 19, 2009 at 5:01 PM | PERMALINK

I'd like to have an Adam Lambert problem.

Peggy need to retire if this is all the dribble she can come up with. Homophobic much?
The days of Opie and Andy have been long gone.
Are we better off? no. But we can't blame Adam Lambert, afterall his performance was only 1 month ago. Decades have passed since America lived in Opie and Andyville. Yes, it was a kinder, gentler time, but time moves on. Blame video games, not Adam.

Posted by: mezmirized on December 19, 2009 at 8:01 PM | PERMALINK

Someone tell this woman that her opinions are old and dried up, just like her.

Posted by: Mona999 on December 20, 2009 at 12:34 AM | PERMALINK

I was going to rant about WSJ validating the ugly underside of American society, bigotry, etc. But since inanity deserves ridicule I will join the chorus instead:

I have a HUGE Adam Lambert problem, I'm addicted.

Posted by: KarenB on December 20, 2009 at 5:51 AM | PERMALINK

Peggy Noonan appears to believe that everyone is going to join in with her righteous rage and creaky, fossilized condemnation of Adam lambert's peck on the lips of his male band member at the AMA awards. As Adam says, "Protect your children, people!"

Well, Peggy, before the "Adam Lambert Problem," there was the Elvis Presley Problem (oh no, did he really thrust those hips?"), the Rolling Stones Problem ("What did he just sing in that lyric?") and even the David Bowie problem ("Is that man wearing MAKEUP...?).

Talk about your outdated moral outrage. As Adam correctly pointed out on "The View," we have no problem with female sexuality/nudity or displays of violence in America, but a man kissing a man on the lips? Quelle horror.

Even Barbara Walters has said that Adam's sexy performance on network TV at almost 11:00pm on a school night was no big deal.

I'm also going to guess that Ms. Noonan never actually watched the two hour riot of female pelvic thrusting and male crotch grabbing(Shakira, Rihanna, Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga) that was the AMA's this year. More likely, she saw the isolated clip of Adam's late night performance. Period. Whatever.

For those of us who support, love and admire Adam Lambert, there is really only one thing left to say. It's only rock 'n' roll, but we like it!! And somehow, generations of children have already survived.

Posted by: Minty on December 20, 2009 at 11:39 AM | PERMALINK

My only comment is to use some logic: Peggy Noonan was born in 1950--it is now 2009. As an older woman she lived through the wild '70s -- think about that. Vietnam protests, sex, drugs and rock and roll -- do you really think as a young person she was Miss Prim and Proper? I doubt it. Maybe she is ashamed of her past, maybe she is so old now that she wishes she was reliving her past. Adam Lambert is merely a reminder of those days when life was an awakening, and she blasted him for what she may miss now. Someone who lived through the '70s has a pretty good awareness of what is "different." Her article seemed very self-indulgent and filled with nasty bigotry and hypocrisy.

She lives in NYC! NYC is the most diverse city in the nation -- she can't avoid differences in people. Her article was a sham, a purposeful attack on a talented young man who just happens to be gay (I would have loved to have just heard his vocals).

I have a strong feeling that her "article" (to use the term loosely) was a lead-in to her new morality (I have a hunch when she was younger she had FUN). It was a personal attack, and that is what was wrong. She singled out an extremely creative young man and ridiculed him and his over-the-top creativity -- which, as a young person, I'm sure he has learned from -- just as I'm sure Peggy learned from HER past.

If she wants to politically post her views, let her. Personally attacking someone she doesn't know, especially since she lived through one of the wildest times in our nation's history when she was young -- should make her well aware of her empty views. I'm ashamed that an educated, intelligent woman would be so purposely nasty.

And she should also realize that as a result of HER generation, that the younger generation is more accepting of other people's differences -- in a good way. SHE and her generation contributed to the acceptance of not only different kinds of people, but also to the flaunting of wealth by those who have it. She's sitting on a double-edged sword, and she's too old to slide down it too far -- she will be skewered.

Leave personal assaults aside, and stick to the facts. WSJ must have editors -- do they think personal assaults on individuals actually help or hurt the economy? Obviously, the economy is neutral, so these assaults are purposely mean, bigoted and nasty. Honestly, she doesn't deserve an entire section of the WSJ if she can't write non-judgmentally -- hurling insults and attacks at a young, creative artist, who was on a show ABOUT creative artists, is just stupid and wrong.

I, personally, think she is getting older, and resents it. Let's face it, she's not young anymore, and Adam is -- maybe it's a personal, and unconscious resentment toward a very creative, personable, and entertaining young man. (And I'll bet she's secretly a "Glambert!" :D)

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