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Tuesday, February 11, 2003



Was It Over When The Germans Bombed Pearl Harbor?

NO! And the Krugman-bashing will be over eventually - just not yet, I am still warming up. As a late hit, I feel obliged to point out this highlight from his latest column:

"...And the U.S. commentariat, with few exceptions, describes Mr. Bush as a decisive leader who really gets to grips with problems."

Wow. First, he was too modest to write it himself, so I will present the sentence as it actually formed in his mind:

- "And the U.S. commentariat, with a few courageous exceptions... "

MUCH better!

Second, this pronouncement as to the US commentariat seems to represent a bit of bad news for the blogosphere. In earlier columns, P Krug had enodrsed the blogs of B DeLong, Atrios, and J Marshall. Have they fallen from his favor? Or perhaps their embrace of Bush as "a decisive leader" has escaped my attention. Well, "few" is vague, so they might represent "the few, the proud, the disenchanted". And don't forget courageous.

But, more alarmingly, one wonders who in the world P Krug is reading, and what is he smoking?. We already have evidence (see below) that Mr. Sulzberger is not reading Ms. Dowd. One presumes that P Krug has also followed that path of wisdom. But has he also abandoned Bill Keller, who writes:

The president will take us to war with support — often, I admit, equivocal and patronizing in tone — from quite a few members of the East Coast liberal media cabal. The I-Can't-Believe-I'm-a-Hawk Club includes op-ed regulars at this newspaper and The Washington Post, the editors of The New Yorker, The New Republic and Slate, columnists in Time and Newsweek.

Emphasis added. Bush viewed as a decisive leader by the US commentariat, with few exceptions? I would love even a few examples. Otherwise, I am with Keller - the lefty commentators who happen to find themselves in agreement with Bush are quite clearly uncomfortable about it.




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