November 5, 2004


No Surrender (PAUL KRUGMAN, 11/05/04, NY Times)

President Bush isn't a conservative. He's a radical - the leader of a coalition that deeply dislikes America as it is. Part of that coalition wants to tear down the legacy of Franklin Roosevelt, eviscerating Social Security and, eventually, Medicare. Another part wants to break down the barriers between church and state. And thanks to a heavy turnout by evangelical Christians, Mr. Bush has four more years to advance that radical agenda.

Democrats are now, understandably, engaged in self-examination. But while it's O.K. to think things over, those who abhor the direction Mr. Bush is taking the country must maintain their intensity; they must not succumb to defeatism.

Please, please, please, come out and fight the GOP on these issues that break 70-30 in its favor.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 5, 2004 12:13 AM

Geez, I knew that Bushitler was going to punish the blue states for dissenting, but sending the Air National Guard to strafe a New Jersey school?


Posted by: Eugene S. at November 5, 2004 1:20 AM

"But for the lingering aura of 9/11, they would have won."

So that's his excuse. The man is on crazy pills.

Posted by: M Ali Choudhury at November 5, 2004 5:33 AM

Krugman should go back to his day job, advising Enron on corporate ethics.

Posted by: Bart at November 5, 2004 6:15 AM

Given Krugman's surging paranoia, it would have been funnier if the Air National Guard jet had done this about 40 miles further north and hit a target near Princeton. Paul would be filing all his columns from Toronto for the next four years.

(And things like the school "attack" occassionally do happen -- down here in Texas, the Air Force accidentally bombed a bathroom with dummy munitions a couple of years ago on a training flight out of Holloman AFB, and the bathroom was part of a home in a solidly Republican county).

Posted by: John at November 5, 2004 6:18 AM

Mr. Krugman, as your doctor if selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are right for you.

Posted by: Mike Morley at November 5, 2004 6:54 AM

It was never more on point: Quos Deus vastat. . .

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 5, 2004 7:14 AM

Hey, credit where credit's due. That first paragraph is very perceptive.

Posted by: David Cohen at November 5, 2004 7:38 AM

Paul Krugman, Joan Biaz and Jane Smiley's crazy tirades are absolutely priceless. I feel like I've won the lottery. I am waiting for them to commit seppuku, but they don't have any sense of honor.

Posted by: pchuck at November 5, 2004 9:52 AM

Conservatives will be better off when they
just admit that they do hate this country the
way it is. When they adopt the fiction that
we can make "incremental changes" and somehow
arrive back at the Good Old America they lose.

Of course some of the more urbane riders of
the Rebpublican bandwagon will eventually part
ways when conservatives admit this to themselves.

Posted by: J.H. at November 5, 2004 11:51 AM

That's not conservatism, it's too disaffected.

Posted by: oj at November 5, 2004 12:02 PM
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