What Makes Krugman So Effective?

It’s no secret that I really like what Paul Krugman has to say … and that Tea Party Republicans really hate him. I believe the reason for both positions is simple: You can’t slide nuthin’ by Paul Krugman. Unlike so many “pundits,” who are nothing more than glib former reporters with no special training, i.e., they deal opinion based on, well, nothing, but ideology. Krugman, in stark contrast, attacks the charlatans, like Romney or Paul Ryan, with facts based on research, economics, and mathematics. That’s why Krugman is so effective. Indeed, he’s become the most influential commentator in the WORLD. Here’s why:

By Paul Krugman

Mike Konczal and Jonathan Chait both have good pieces on “You didn’t build that”, the Obama statement that, deliberately misinterpreted, has dominated right-wing discourse these past few days. Go read. But I think both of them miss a couple of tricks.

The first is that both in effect shrug their shoulders over the fact that for several days running the central theme of the Romney campaign has rested on a complete lie. I understand; going on about the dishonesty can get boring. But we should step back often to look at this remarkable spectacle. I really don’t think there’s been anything like this in American political history: a presidential campaign, with a pretty good chance of winning, that is based entirely on cynical lies about what the sitting president has said. No, Obama hasn’t apologized for America; no, he hasn’t denigrated achievement. Yet take away those claims, and there’s nothing left in Romney’s rhetoric.

Mike Konczal and Jonathan Chait both have good pieces on “You didn’t build that”, the Obama statement that, deliberately misinterpreted, has dominated right-wing discourse these past few days. Go read. But I think both of them miss a couple of tricks. Read it all here.

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