Name one: Who are the "self-described centrists, pundits and politicians," Paul Krugman is denouncing , who talk about reining in deficits but who supposedly "punted" at the "historic moment" by refusing to back the Senate health bill? The ones who won't "consider any government economy measures that don’t involve punishing people with lower incomes"? It would help focus our progressive anger on the proper targets if Krugman would dare to identify some of these shadowy figures. Even one. ... What's the point of being a bitter, ad hominem , propagandizing economist if we don't know which hominem you're ad ? ... P.S.: I actually don't know whom Krugman has in mind. It can't be his usual villains--"centrist" Dem Senators--since they're all voting for the bill. My best guess is idiosyncratic columnist Robert Samuelson , target of Henry Aaron's recent op-ed (linked in the Yglesias post Krugman's riffing on). But who are the other "pundits and politicians"? ...
Update: Reader R. suggests NYT columnist David Brooks. Brooks' unconvincing seat-of-pants analysis hardly seems worthy of generating a macho, Nobel-level characterological assault. Unless there's a preexisting condition ! ...
Update 2: Krugman originally wrote, regarding his unnamed targets, that "everyone I can think of here does happen to be male." In an update, he now agrees with Stan Collender that Olympia Snowe should be included among the character-challenged "punters." So that's one name. But Krugman's update only re-raises the question of who the men were whom Krugman was actually thinking of when he wrote his attack. By his own admission he wasn't thinking of Snowe. So who? Names would provide welcome reassurance that they exist outside Krugman's grudge-prone mind. ...
P.S.: Do Krugman and Aaron realize that the "trigger' for the allegedly crucial "Fed"-like independent cost-saving board, supposedly un-emasculated in the latest Reid bill, actually gets re-emasculated by that bill in 2019 (when the big systemic cost-savings are supposed to start to happen)? See Tumulty . Maybe Krugman would concede that, if all you cared about was deficit-reduction , reasonable macho minds might differ over whether the Reid bill should pass? ... 12:42 P.M.
Good News II: Chrome window trim will save GM and the UAW! 12:40 P.M.
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Richard Rushfield's "Don't Follow Me, I'm Lost" is shockingly funny and well done. [ Shocking?--ed It's a memoir of Hampshire College in the '80s. Who'd think that would be fun, as opposed to dreary? Also, "shocking" is a Joe Klein word--we stick it in for effect.]