Rip Van Krugman

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on December 20, 2002

Today's offering from New York Times columnist Paul Krugman is more of what we've come to expect from the Democrats' snarky hatchet man.

I'll start with the last part first, because it is really the central issue.

It may be that the bad few weeks the administration has just had were the result of random events. But I think the public is finally waking up to the fact that the people in the White House know a lot about gaining power, but not much about what to do with it.

Krugman's column is all about the fact that the Republicans got themselves elected, but have no policy -- on anything. You see, the common people are stupid, the Democrats have the right plan (for everything) and the last election was just a big mistake.

Krugman's trying to rewrite history. Remember back just a few weeks ago, when Democrats were trying to figure out what went wrong Nov. 5? The consensus, from pundits and Democratic party operatives themselves, was that the Republicans had a plan, and the Democrats didn't.

Now Krugman's trying to rewrite history. Did he nap through that unpleasant episode or is he just in denial?

The remainder of Krugman's column is just a recount of his last dozen or so columns.

1) Obligatory cheap shot at Trent Lott (Can't resist kicking a man when he's down).

2) Accounting scandals (Typical gun law argument -- we need new laws, even though they broke existing ones).

3) Economic team (Bush picked them, so they're useless).

So, if he's got no ideas for a new column, he'll just combine them and recycle old ones.

Time for another vacation.


Transcript of the Hulu 1619 Project segment on Dunmore's Proclamation.

Again, none of this is true. Dunmore issued his order from exile on a ship off of Norfolk. He fled Williamsburg 5 months earlier (with his own slaves in tow) because the revolution was already underway.

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