Krugman–ah yes, how to handle this Mr. Pessimist Anticant? With every passing column, I get the feeling the conscientious liberal is really a frothing paranoiac. Raise any objection against the Krugster–just look at this exchange with Clive Crook–and you’re a hack, full of intensity, brutish, grotesque, insolent. Maybe we should try stroking his ego? I’m willing to bet he’d purr if you commented on all the awards he has hanging in his office. (He might jizz in his pants, if you notice the Nobel.) Now I’ve begun to picture the tweedy prof as a cornered mad man, with a flurry of blue book exams falling out from the notebooks in his hands, he’s making demands, snapping back….not $800 billion, $800 trillion!!!!…..maybe he even has a pen to some poor student’s head…and he’s making threats….demanding to be treated with respect….and we’re all saying, it’s okay Paul, put the pen down… but he’s answering back “You’re the vulgarians, you f#$ks!”
Unfortunately, that’s not a nightmare. That’s Krugman’s latest column:
And I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach — a feeling that America just isn’t rising to the greatest economic challenge in 70 years. The best may not lack all conviction, but they seem alarmingly willing to settle for half-measures. And the worst are, as ever, full of passionate intensity, oblivious to the grotesque failure of their doctrine in practice.
Other than rounding it off with a Yeats rip off, he also manages to lump Arnold Kling in with John “My Friends” McCain and the rest of the beta Republicans in congress. Now I can’t speak for Kling, but as a reader of EconLog, I daresay he’d never identify himself with either.
Worse yet, the column is meant to act as a get out of jail free card for Krugman. Now, when the stimulus doesn’t enhance our economic performance, the Krugster can say, but of course! You fools! Remember my column! You didn’t spend enough.