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Why Doesn't Paul Krugman Want a Unity Pony?

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Paul Krugman in his latest column:

The question Democrats, both inside and outside the Obama campaign, should be asking themselves is this: now that the magic has dissipated, what is the campaign about? More generally, what are the Democrats for in this election?

That should be an easy question to answer. Democrats can justly portray themselves as the party of economic security, the party that created Social Security and Medicare and defended those programs against Republican attacks — and the party that can bring assured health coverage to all Americans.

They can also portray themselves as the party of prosperity: the contrast between the Clinton economy and the Bush economy is the best free advertisement that Democrats have had since Herbert Hoover.

But the message that Democrats are ready to continue and build on a grand tradition doesn’t mesh well with claims to be bringing a “new politics” and rhetoric that places blame for our current state equally on both parties.

And unless Democrats can get past this self-inflicted state of confusion, there’s a very good chance that they’ll snatch defeat from the jaws of victory this fall.

Of course, you should read the whole thing. It's Krugman.

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Submitted by myiq2xu on

"Of course he said that. Krugman is an Obama hater."

Or a racist Hillbot. Or a secret McCain supporter.

They have ears, but cannot hear. They have eyes, but cannot see.

"Where's the beef? - Clara Peller

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Submitted by amberglow on


"Let me offer an alternative suggestion: maybe his transformational campaign isn’t winning over working-class voters because transformation isn’t what they’re looking for.""

And it's not just working-class, but most Dems, i think.

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Submitted by koshembos on

Krugman has to play nice; he writes for the NYT. The Post-, By-, whatever partisanship pony was Obama's circus act that never meant anything. His campaign divided the party, produced hate and racism and has the side effect of being an almost a fascistic movement (supreme leader, worship, everyone else is an enemy, we are perfect, we are better, etc.).

This campaign is not a train rack; it's Three Mile Island. It's a sure defeat now and the radiation will stay around for a long time.

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Submitted by cenobite on

Unity is for Republicans. You don't have any choice except to play along, really.

The TMI accident had little long-term consequences - there was a significant release of a short-lived radionuclide (of nitrogen, IIRC) and that's about it. Chernobyl is a better choice there, nearly the entire fuel load of the reactor is in a highly radioactive unrecoverable puddle in the sub-sub-basement and the building they built around the reactor is in danger of collapsing and spewing a huge amount of radioactive dust. Like Hanford and Oak Ridge, it will be a big problem for a long time.