Krugman Turns Lemonade into Lemons
by the mollusk, Mon Mar 03, 2008 at 06:06:18 AM EST
This week, Krugman's Monday Obama piece takes on a slightly different tone than his previous efforts. For months now, Krugman has devoted his Monday column to dissecting various policies espoused by Obama to assure us that Hillary Clinton was actually the better candidate. He garners great respect in Progressive circles and so his columns provided a rich, if not unbiased, perspective on the differences between the Democratic candidates.
Apparently seeing the writing on the wall, Krugman forgoes a discussion of policy this week and instead warns that if Obama does not win the election and become the next FDR, "the recriminations could tear the party apart."
Krugman, it seems has concluded that if his candidate (Clinton) does not get the nomination, there is a real danger that the whole party could collapse. Now if that is not an endorsement, I'm not sure what is. Unfortunately, it has the ring of "sour grapes" and perhaps a certain stage of grief. Nevertheless, it does suggest that Obama has won the nomination.
I have a great deal of respect for Krugman. He was often a lone voice of dissent in the early 21st Century. I very much looked forward to his weekly pillorying of the Bush Administration that you just couldn't find anywhere else. But in this nomination, he very early decided on Clinton and hasn't been able to say anything good about Obama since.
We all make choices, Krugman has made his and I don't blame him for that. Krugman has a large microphone and he uses it. Frankly, that's what made him a favorite of Progressives in the first place. But he has apparently given up inspecting Obama's policies and has decided to go with the written version of a 3am phone-call commercial.
The momentum behind Obama has been building and has become, I beleive, palpable. But this is the clearest sign to me that the nomination is over. Krugman's article is 50% "Obama can't deliver", 25% "we need another FDR", and 25% "I told you so". It is that final 25% that says it all.