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Monday, October 31, 2016

Paul Krugman, "Working the Refs": Krugo Cries Foul

Accusing FBI Director James Comey of "appeasing the modern American right" in his latest New York Times op-ed entitled "Working the Refs," Paul Krugman declares:

"Mr. Comey apparently had no evidence suggesting any wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton; he violated longstanding rules about commenting on politically sensitive investigations close to an election; and he did so despite being warned by other officials that he was doing something terribly wrong.

So what happened? We may never know the full story, but the best guess is that Mr. Comey, like many others — media organizations, would-be nonpartisan advocacy groups, and more — let himself be bullied by the usual suspects. Working the refs — screaming about bias and unfair treatment, no matter how favorable the treatment actually is — has been a consistent, long-term political strategy on the right. And the reason it keeps happening is because it so often works."

Comey let himself be bullied? Sorry, Paul, but this is bullshit. Hillary was coasting toward an easy victory, and Comey has now placed himself on the Clintons' enemies list. The expedient move on the part of Comey would have been to reopen the investigation, if at all, after the election.

Believe me, Comey already knows what's in those emails.

So now there are two horrifying possibilities in play: A man with a severe narcissistic personality disorder could become America's next president, or equally bad, Hillary could be impeached, and America could be stuck with Tim Kaine.

Ugh! Or perhaps double ugh!


  1. In South Korea, they apparently still have free press, unlike the USA where the NYT is Baghdad Bob in print...

    " almost seems to be on the verge of a revolution.
    Choi Sun-sil’s shameless behavior is obviously bizarre. What is even more astounding is that her unethical, irregular and outright illegal acts were observed without any opposition for the past four years not only by the government, the ruling Saenuri Party and large conglomerates (and of course the Blue House) but also by schools and universities. How could this have happened?
    Choi Sun-sil is frequently compared to Shin Don during the reign of King Gongmin of the Goryeo Dynasty or to Rasputin in Czarist Russia. But Shin Don and Rasputin were figures from feudal society, when the king and the state were the same thing. Choi Sun-sil is different from these figures in the sense that she appropriated the authority of the government in a democratic republic, in which sovereignty belongs to the people. The Choi Sun-sil scandal reveals that democracy in South Korea is not even at the level of a feudal monarchy. ...
    The parade of brazen lies made by the people ruling this country shows that they see the public as slaves. Lies are habitual to a master dealing with his slaves. For those who regard the public as slaves (or even as “dogs and pigs,” as Na Hyang-wook, a former Education Ministry official said), a lie is no big deal. Lying to slaves doesn’t even prick their conscience.
    In a slave democracy, elections don’t guarantee real democracy, either. In reality, they’re just a formality in which the slaves vote for their new masters every four or five years...."

  2. You actually read Paul Krugman? You have intestinal fortitude if you read his political commentary. When he writes about economics, he is occasionally interesting. But the rest of his writing is predictable and uninteresting.