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Wednesday, June 12, 2002

The Envelope, Please

Tuesday's "Smoking Krugman" award (looks like a smoking gun, used to "smoke out" Krugman, oh, you get it) goes to the Brothers Judd. Evidently, when we read this:

"One of Bill Clinton's underappreciated virtues was his considerable idealism when it came to economic policy. The Berkeley economist Brad DeLong lauded Mr. Clinton's "record of being willing to take major political risks in order to do what he thinks is right for the country as far as international economic policy is concerned."

we should have known that Brad DeLong was Deputy Assistant Secretary of the United States Treasury for Economic Policy, from 1993 to 1995, and apparently was involved with NAFTA and the Mexico bailout. As he moved on, DeLong served as an expert witness for Democrats backing Gore in one of the 2000 Florida vote-trials. Quite an objective choice to provide a quote on the performance of the Clinton era relative to Bush. Is Howell Raines even trying to keep a straight face?

Great spot, guys. That's why you have a great blog, and Krugman's column provides the answer to this question.

UPDATE: It only gets better. Brad DeLong has a blog.

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