Friday, April 04, 2008

On Krugman

As for many of us progressives, Paul Krugman has been an absolute hero to me for years. Early in the Bush presidency he was critical of the administration at a time when all other members of the media were continually kissing their asses.

However, clearly the guy has something against Obama. Today M.J. Rosenberg in a column, over at TPMCafe, titled Losing Krugman writes:

Krugman is making two big mistakes. The first has to do with his influence as a columnist. By constantly attacking Obama, he is turning off the 50% of Democrats who favor Obama as our nominee. People like me can no longer read him without thinking "What's up with this guy? Has he really developed such a personal animus to our likely nominee based on his differences with him on health care? What's his agenda here?"

In other words, I no longer trust him....

...the differences between the Clinton and Obama bills do not matter because, in the end, a Democratic President will happily take whatever the Democratic Congress sends him.

I really don't get it. He criticisms are so one sided against Obama - even when he was on ABC's Sunday morning show, This Week he managed to make one or two jabs against Obama. As we all know there are a lot of reasons for a progressive to be critical of Clinton. I really don't understand why there is such silence from him when it comes to Clinton. I would even cut him some slack if he came right out and said he was supporting Clinton, but has far as I know he hasn't. I feel exactly like Rosenberg when he ends his column: "What gives?"

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