Nope, he’s lost it

But what directly drives the attack on democracy, I’d argue, is simple careerism on the part of people who are apparatchiks within a system insulated from outside pressures by gerrymandered districts, unshakable partisan loyalty, and lots and lots of plutocratic financial support.

For such people, toeing the party line and defending the party’s rule are all that matters. And if they sometimes seem consumed with rage at anyone who challenges their actions, well, that’s how hacks always respond when called on their hackery.

That’s Paul Krugman and he’s not talking about the Clinton machine.


27 thoughts on “Nope, he’s lost it”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    Clinton and the Bushes. Or Paul Ryan for that matter.

    The decline of Krugman is sad to see. I can’t help think it isn’t really him. We have a Kathy-Bates-in-Misery-type situation here.

    Someone ought to stage an intervention.

  2. Mal Reynolds (Serenity)

    The column comes across as how an 18 year old would attempt to summarize their first foray into Classical civilization and literature. “ZOMG guyz Trump is totally Caesar”.

  3. It’s a standard tactic of these people: take a criticism of them, change the names and details and then copy and paste it into an attack on the people who originally wrote it.

  4. As has been said previously, Krugman’s lot are having fits because they realise that their man ruling by decree has set a bit of a precedent.

    I suppose the formal election of Trump has triggered them all over again.

  5. So Much For Subtlety

    As the great Confucian thinker Kwai Chang Caine once said, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than speak and remove all doubt.”

    A bit late for the Krugster.

  6. Talking of the formal electoral college vote, the campaign by Democrats to persuade appointed electors to switch votes has backfired in an amusing way, with more Dems voting against Clinton than Republicans voting against Trump.

    Just 2 Trump electors switched, one voting for Ron Paul (OK, shouldn’t do it, but sound fellow) and one for Kasich.

    Five Clinton electors switched; one to Bernie, one to a Red Indian squaw, and (this is the best bit) three to Republican Colin Powell.

  7. ‘Many people are reacting to the rise of Trumpism and nativist movements in Europe by reading history’

    No they aren’t you cunt.

  8. ‘Consider what just happened in North Carolina. The voters made a clear choice, electing a Democratic governor.’

    What a fucking liar. The election wasn’t settled until MrCrory conceded FOUR FUCKING WEEKS after the election.

  9. ‘But if there is any hope of redemption, it will have to begin with a clear recognition of how bad things are. American democracy is very much on the edge.’

    As Timmer often points out when we get such declarations, the exact opposite is true. When the people vote against them, democracy itself is at risk.

    “Preserve democracy; vote Democrat!”

    One-party rule is the only way to preserve democracy. Dumbass with a PhD.

  10. Re the North Carolina election for governor:
    “McCrory [Republican] held … a 60,000 vote lead until a block of 90,000 votes from Durham County was added to the total, putting Cooper [Democrat] back in the lead by fewer than 5,000 votes out of 4,500,000 cast”

  11. “‘Many people are reacting to the rise of Trumpism and nativist movements in Europe by reading history’”

    Well, it’s a start. As long as it isn’t a Marxist history then at least they will begin to have some idea.

  12. Bloke in North Dorset

    When I’d finished the first paragraph I had to check whether or not it was a “Ragging on Ritchie” post.

    Shows how low Paul’s outpourings have become.

  13. Bloke in North Dorset

    Only slightly OT, if you haven’t made a Christmas charity donation yet perhaps you’ll consider this one.

    H/T commenter on David Thompson’s blog.

  14. A great economist, a fucking useless political commentator. He has for example read the Greek situation more clearly and accurately than anybody else, but as soon as his brain crosses back into the USA it turns into porridge.

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