September 7, 2004


A Mythic Reality (PAUL KRUGMAN, 9/07/04, NY Times)

George W. Bush isn't General Galtieri...[y]et...

Paul Krugman isn't Harold Meyerson...[y]et he gets our obligatory fascist reference of the day award.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 7, 2004 3:34 PM

Dear Mr. Krugman:

In the history of electoral politics, what head of government has not used military success for partisan political advantage?

FDR?(LOL) Churchill couldn't because the opposition was in the government as was true for Eshkol and Meir in Israel. Thatcher declared new elections as fast as her legs could carry her after the re-imposing British imperial suzerainity over the Malvinas. Bush 41 tried to but his failure to 'finish the job' alienated his base. Woodrow Wilson squandered his advantage by backing a ludicrous 'League of Nations.'

Posted by: Bart at September 7, 2004 4:03 PM

Bart -

You do realize that you're talking to Paul Krugman, there, right? Just checking.

It is an interesting analytical question (or will be on Nov. 3) to ask exactly what percentage of Bush's vote is from people specifically and deliberately voting because they want to watch Krugman's and Moore's heads explode. Kinda like that secret, sick desire to see what REALLY happens to a cat if you put it in the microwave.

Same thing here, but these particular cats have been p***ing on your bed way too many times.

Analytically, it's actually a serious question.

Posted by: Andrew X at September 7, 2004 5:37 PM

Man oh man, the guy is going to be hiding under the bed and with 15 locks on his door and all the windows welded shut by Nov. 3, hoping (but probably not praying) that the brownshirts don't know where he lives.

Posted by: John at September 7, 2004 6:32 PM

I wonder if a big-time columnist who almost grabs the gold ring can suffer from the mental debility that seems to strike pols (Gore, Stassen) who just miss.

Not that I'd know. I'm the smallest of small-time columnists

Posted by: Harry Eagar at September 7, 2004 6:56 PM

What kills me most about Krugman is he's on the faculty of where I got my doctorate, albeit in thankfully very different disciplines.

Posted by: Bart at September 7, 2004 10:14 PM

Even his allusion are unoriginal; Salazar or
Fujimori perhaps, (because of their civilian
trchnocratic bent) but Galtieri. Even if that
were the intent, and Bush were to start' dis-
appearing the oposition, who would run the
Times, simulacra.

Posted by: narciso at September 8, 2004 1:11 AM