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Tuesday, November 05, 2002

New Candor At The Times

Paul Krugman chooses Election Day to roll out the new slogan for his column: "Stop Making Sense". Appropriate, but hasn't that been done?

Well, he must have worked out the licensing arrangement in time to deliver this:

"Here's the story: In the 2000 campaign George W. Bush portrayed himself as a moderate. Toward the end the public started to catch on to this ruse, but... Mr. Bush made it to the White House. Once there, his true radicalism quickly became apparent, and voters didn't like it."

A "radical" agenda? Krugman uses the word four times to describe Bush's program. Echoes of Al Gore and the "risky tax scheme". Anyway, we presume that the radical agenda includes the tax cut, cleverly hidden in plain sight during the campaign; education reform, similarly concealed; the nomination of conservative judges, to everyone's surprise; and the jaw-dropping decison by Bush and Cheney, former oil-men, to support drilling in ANWR.

How to explain this rhetoric? Krugman open his column thusly:

"It's Election Day, and it's your duty as a citizen to be irrational."

He has done his duty.

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