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Monday, February 8, 2016

Paul Krugman, "The Time-Loop Party": Hillary Clinton Good, Marco Rubio Bad

In a New York Times op-ed entitled "The Time-Loop Party," Paul Krugman savages Marco Rubio's performance during Saturday's GOP debate:

"Mr. Rubio’s inability to do anything besides repeat canned talking points was startling. Worse, it was funny, which means that it has gone viral. And it reinforced the narrative that he is nothing but an empty suit. But really, isn’t everyone in his party doing pretty much the same thing, if not so conspicuously?

The truth is that the whole G.O.P. seems stuck in a time loop, saying and doing the same things over and over."

Saying the same thing over and over, like Obama repeatedly declaring "No matter what you’ve heard, if you like your doctor or health care plan, you can keep it"?

More to the point, Krugman honestly believes that Hillary, whom he deems "a genuine policy wonk," does not make a habit of repeating canned tripe, or even worse, flip-flopping on key issues?

Krugman continues his opinion piece by observing:

"Meanwhile, on foreign policy the required G.O.P. position has become one of utter confidence in the effectiveness of military force. How did that work in Iraq? Never mind: The only reason anybody in the world fails to do exactly what America wants must be because our leadership is lily-livered if not treasonous. And diplomacy, no matter how successful, is denounced as appeasement."

Let there be no mistake: unlike Hillary, I opposed the Second Gulf War. However, how is Obama's "diplomacy" working out in Syria? Answer: More than 250,000 people dead, and over nine million people who have abandoned their homes.

Perhaps you recall Hillary's inexcusable 2011 defense of Syria's homicidal president, Hafez al-Assad:

"Many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reformer."

Hillary is a "genuine policy wonk"? Sorry, Paul, but there is nothing "genuine" at all about a candidate who cannot bring herself to release transcripts of her paid speeches to Goldman Sachs.

Shame on you, Paul.

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