The Republican Party Is Shattering
Wall Street Journal
3 March 2016
Peggy Noonan’s article, “The Republican Party Is Shattering (2016),” examines the downward spiral of the Republican Party as a result of Trump’s recent success during Super Tuesday. Noonan backs up her argument by explaining how Democratic and Republican ideologies have shaped themselves into completely different views, with not even the slightest agreement on fundamental issues. In general, the author’s purpose is to point out that the slow collape of the Republican Party could result in a drastic change in political thought. Though the author is Democratic, Noonan’s fearful tone while describing the consequence of loosing the Republican party suggests that she is writing towards well-educated Americans who respect Republican principals.
Noonan starts off her argument by establishing credibility through her narration. The author starts off by stating, “For me the Republican Party was always the vehicle of a philosophy, conservative political thought…” Though the columnist goes on to voice her opinion on topics she disagrees with compared to the Republican Party, yet she ends her list by writing, “at the prospect of the party’s shattering I feel somewhat shattered too.” Furthermore, Noonan’s first person narrative not only establishes ethos, but it also provides relatability to her audience members. Throughout the article, the author also throws around loose quotes about Donald Trump but does not reveal who said them, thus reflecting Trump supporters’ common thought. For example, Noonan states, “‘He can think outside the box.’ Can he ever.” Overall, the addition of general sayings and commentary about Donald Trump sprinkles some comedic relief in Noonan’s writing as she describes the severeity of Trump potentially becoming the Republican nominee.