I fully recognize that taking Paul Krugman  down a peg or three is akin to arm-wrestling an infant. The contest can only go one way, Krugman’s going to loose…and the winner is invariably left with the task of dealing with the losers soiled pants.
Still, Krugman’s readers, particularly his devotees, are mentally impaired enough to take him seriously. Therefore, someone’s got to counter that. However, something so noble is not my intent. I come to analyze Krugman, not to bury him. Whatever else he may be, he occasionally, in his self-absorbed misdirection, gives us a clue as to what’s going on in leftist groupthink.
And he even saves us the chore of wading paragraphs deep, this time, into his twaddle. He gives us the clue in the very first para:
Yesterday The Times published a highly informative chart laying out the positions of the presidential candidates on major issues. It was, I’d argue, a useful reality check for those who believe that the next president can somehow usher in a new era of bipartisan cooperation.
And what is the clue, here? I said over a year back:
The only time you ever see Democrats talking about “bipartisanship” is when they realize they’re vulnerable.
Krugman, who is one of the biggest apologists for the left around, talking about bipartisanship. Think for a minute what that means. If they were confident of winning, if they were convinced they had the support of the American people, if their policy was that well recieved by the American people, do you think they’d be talking about bipartisanship? I don’t. It’s simply not in their makeup… and having read Krugman for many years, I can certainly tell you it’s not in his.
Think, now; They swore up and down that they were going to usher in a new era of bipartisanship when they took over congress. However, as even the left-wing Washington Post noted at the time , they were working to sideline Republicans before the very first gavel.
So why the push now for ‘bipartisanship’? Simple…. they know they’re bound to lose some of their power if they don’t play the old unity game. They can always ditch the game after the election, just like last time.