Home > Elitist, Krugman, Public Choice > You know Obama is not doing so hot when Krugman’s support goes away.

You know Obama is not doing so hot when Krugman’s support goes away.


It’s more of a complaining piece than anything else. Yet, Krugman’s column should give Obama some pause.

But progressive disillusionment isn’t just a matter of sky-high expectations meeting prosaic reality. Threatened filibusters didn’t force Mr. Obama to waffle on torture; to escalate in Afghanistan; to choose, with exquisitely bad timing, to loosen the rules on offshore drilling early this year.

Then there are the appointments. Yes, the administration needed experienced hands. But did all the senior members of the economics team have to be protégés of Robert Rubin, the apostle of financial deregulation? Was it necessary to install Ken Salazar at the Interior Department over the objections of environmentalists who feared, rightly, that his ties to extractive industries would make him slow to clean up a corrupt agency?

This has to be the first piece I’ve read from Krugman that didn’t explicit blame Bush for all that’s wrong with the Obama administration. Krugman has tried that for almost 2 years now, and only highly partisan Democrats, like himself, actually bite at that anymore. Everyone knows that Obama didn’t have any business being in the White House. The Democrats were blinded by rhetoric and a candy coated surface. Just goes to show how “smart” they really are.

O.K., I don’t really know what’s going on. But I worry that Mr. Obama is still wrapped up in his dream of transcending partisanship, while his aides dislike the idea of having to deal with strong, independent voices. And the end result of this game-playing is an administration that seems determined to alienate its friends.

Imagine that, politicians not liking independent thought. Imagine a populace that doesn’t drink the Kool Aid, that probably frightens Krugman and the rest of the Democratic party leadership more than any Republicans gains this November.

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  1. Seth
    August 2, 2010 at 15:47

    Or, that tells you that Krugman has a serious case of too-clever-by-half syndrome. If you haven’t known anyone with that, they are folks deemed to have high IQs by imperfect intelligence tests and have been told all their lives how smart they are. The syndrome part comes in when their ego about their smartness becomes so large that it blocks out signals as to when they’re wrong. If any of those signals do make it past, they spend a great deal of time rationalizing to avoid having to admit error.

    That’s what he’s doing now. Rationalizing why it all isn’t working out as he hoped.

  2. AbigailAdams
    August 3, 2010 at 02:05

    Yeah, Seth’s right I think. We have an entire generation of people (and not all young) whose character development has been crippled by false pride, leaving them with the inability to say those three little words so necessary for their own growth: “I was wrong.” It really is too bad for them.

  3. yttik
    August 3, 2010 at 19:14

    We’re currently somewhere between the second and third stage of grief, I think.
    Anger, denial, and bargaining/rationizing, seems to be all I hear from these pro-Obama pundits and economists. There’s not much left but the depression and acceptance phase.

    • August 3, 2010 at 20:11

      Maybe…but I doubt they will ever get to the acceptance stage.

  4. August 3, 2010 at 20:10

    Seth, Abigail….
    Both your thoughts can be summed up in two words, grade inflation.
    Kids are not taught critical thinking in schools anymore. Thor knows they aren’t taught it at home anymore either. The system just keeps these kids moving along, giving them good grades because they don’t want to hurt their self-esteem or hurt their chances of landing a job down the road. (That post on Law school grade inflation I made a while ago.)

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