I'm glad somebody took this one on. The Howler on Krugman:
You’ve got to be kidding: Good grief! We scanned his words a second time, to see if we’d read them correctly. We’re fairly sure you know our view: Paul Krugman has been the very best, at the top of the pile, for a very long time now. But golly Ned! Here’s how he started this morning’s column. We had to read it twice:
KRUGMAN (11/7/08): Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008, is a date that will live in fame (the opposite of infamy) forever. If the election of our first African-American president didn’t stir you, if it didn’t leave you teary-eyed and proud of your country, there’s something wrong with you.
If those are the rules of the current game, sign us up for “something wrong with you.”
Moi, aussi. If the Howler's the only one on that side of the playground, I'd still be there. The Howler continues:
Were we stirred Tuesday night? We’re not quite sure. Teary-eyed? No, although moist at times. And we very much admired Obama when he took the hand of Biden’s mother and led her to the front of the stage. It made us think of Bill Clinton, on Inaugural Day, when he stopped to talk to a man who may have been homeless—and addressed him as “sir.” In each case, we were pleased to have a president who had such excellent judgment.
But “proud of our country?” No, not at all; we’ll stand with the early Michelle Obama when it comes to such gauzy constructions. Although we see and hear people, every day, engaging in splendid behavior.
Indeed we do.
With Cordelia, "I cannot heave my heart into my mouth"--and never on demand.
I'm not quite sure what the word is for the category of people who demand of others not that they vote in a certain way, not that they act in a certain way, not that they speak in a certain way, but who would reach into their innermost heart and soul and demand that they feel a certain way. Would "emotional fascist" do? (AA calls this, I believe, taking someone's inventory, and recommends further step four work.) I'm surprised to find Krugman falling into this category, and I trust that the lapse is temporary.
But what would I know? I'm a racist.