February 7, 2005


An Off-track Rowback of the Clawback: The Paul Krugman Social Security madness continues. (Donald Luskin, 2/07/05, National Review)

Shortly following our vivisection of Paul Krugman’s New York Times column last Friday, America’s most dangerous liberal pundit was forced to run a lengthy correction of his errors about President Bush’s Social Security reform proposal.

But did Krugman have the integrity to run it on the pages of America’s “paper of record”? No. Instead he ran it as a letter to the ultra-leftist blogger “Atrios,” signed with the name “P. K.” How classy, how brave — a pseudonymous letter to a pseudonymous blogger.

And was Krugman man enough to admit he’d made a mistake? No. Instead, he began his correction,

My column this morning wasn’t the finest — sometimes the magic works, sometimes it doesn’t.

What Krugman means by “sometimes the magic works” is that, usually, he can get away with it — the lies, distortions, errors, and misquotations — or at least get away with it in the adoring eyes of his angry liberal readers. What he means by “sometimes it doesn’t” is that, every once in a while, the Krugman Truth Squad nails him so totally dead to rights that he has no choice but to deal with it.

So Maureen Dowd has taken to having her fa,mily write her columns--the few good ones anyway--and Paul Krugman hints here that he writes his with a Ouija board.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 7, 2005 11:23 PM

Well, at least Paul Krugman knows that the only people who read his column also read Atrios.

Posted by: Randall Voth at February 8, 2005 7:46 AM