Krugman nails it again. It’s time for a lot of people to realize who the bad guys really are in this election. Psst., Tom Friedman, are you paying attention?
I’ve written before that “fanatical centrist” is not an oxymoron; in fact, it’s a type that makes up a large part of our pundit class — people so wedded to their self-image as centrists standing between the extremes of the two parties that they cannot bring themselves to acknowledge that one party already advocates all that they are calling for.
And TPM documents the latest example:
President Obama would have this election in the bag, according to a number of leading columnists, if only he would act more like President Obama.
A number of pundits are turning up the volume on demands that the White House offer a jobs plan based on new infrastructure spending, a long-term deficit plan that includes taxes and entitlement cuts and a market-based health care plan, among other requests. Obama will have a hard time taking their advice, however, given that he’s already proposed those very ideas.
I kind of wonder about the state of mind that makes a professional pundit — you know, someone whose whole job is supposed to be following policy debates — unable to see, right in front of him, the fact that Obama has already proposed what he demands. But so it goes.