Thursday, September 02, 2004
Paul Krugman, certifiable loony: National Review's Byron York went to a forum the other day featuring New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, Clinton hatchet man Sidney Blumenthal and proven liar Joseph Wilson, among others.
What York discovered was that Krugman isn't just a left-wing hack -- he's got serious mental problems.
Krugman told the crowd that the president is simply a front man for larger and more sinister forces.
"We probably make a mistake when we place too much emphasis on Bush the individual," said Krugman, who received a standing ovation when he was introduced. "This really isn't about Bush. Bush is the guy that the movement found to take them over the top. But it didn't start with him, and it won't end with him. What's going on in this country is that a radical movement...that had been building for several decades, finally found their moment and their man in Bush."
Krugman said he and other liberals had been "asleep" and unaware of the true dimensions of the danger during the years in which President Bill Clinton found himself facing a variety of scandal allegations. But Krugman said there is a "complete continuity" between today's politics and the "campaign of slander and innuendo" against Clinton. "There's complete continuity going back, really, I think — but this is my next book — you really need to go back to Goldwater. A lot of this has to do with civil rights, and the people who don't like them."
Krugman described the conspiracy as "the coalition between the malefactors of great wealth and the religious right." He offered no further details about who, precisely, is in the conspiracy but said that "substantial chunks of the media are part of this same movement."
You'd accept this sort of insanity of a writer at, say, The Nation, but this guy's a columnist at the New York Times. Most companies have pre-employment drug tests. Maybe the Times needs a pre-employment psychiatric screening.