And speaking of the latter, his take on Wednesday night's Republican Roast was classic comedy.
Mr. Krugman starts out by suggesting that Ben Carson's denial of monetary involvement with Mannatech, a dietary supplement marketer, and the audience booing of Carl Quintanilla was evidence of Republican chicanery. Of course, anyone who actually watched the roast knows that Mr. Quintanilla was booed only after the second time he persisted in calling Mr. Carson a liar on national television.
And what in thunder does Dr. Carson's preference in dietary supplements have to do with his ability to be President? The presentation of that irrelevant and obviously baiting question should have been booed at the outset. Was Mr. Quintanilla trying to revive the Reagan jellybean "scandal?"
Mr. Krugman goes on to accuse mild mannered and politically naive Ben Carson of trying to "brazen it out." Really, Mr. Krugman? You dare talk of "brazening it out" while Hitlary Clinton is desperately trying to brazen out her culpability in the Benghazi tragedy and her criminal destruction of incriminating emails, and while Barack "Obama" Davis is trying to brazen out his Obamacare debacle?
Mr. Krugman then attacks Marco Rubio, accusing him of being "engaged in a different, classier kind of scam," although Mr. Krugman declines to specify what that might be. He closes his unsupported attack on Senator Rubio with, "and they are empowered in part by the way the grifters have defined respectability down" – whatever the hell that means.
Mr. Krugman then rambles thorough consecutive attacks on internet marketers, Glenn Beck, and Congressman Ron Paul – without offering any explanation of what these ancillary entities have to do with Wednesday night's attempted roast or with his original contention that Republicans are nothing but a bunch of charlatans.
"You might think," Mr. Krugman rants, "that such revelations" – (as his "revelation" that Goldline sponsors the Glenn Beck show?) – "would be politically devastating. But the targets of such schemes know, just know, that the liberal mainstream media can’t be trusted, that when it reports negative stories about conservative heroes it’s just out to suppress people who are telling the real truth."
Well, Mr. Krugman, if Americans still had any doubts about the untrustworthiness of the Marxist-Socialist Media, their doubts were efficiently dispelled by Monday night's self-exposure of – to quote Texas Senator Ted Cruz – "the reason the American People don't trust the media."
If Mr. Krugman's intent in Friday morning's rant was to mollify the effect of Monday night's blatant display of media unprofessionalism, political activism, and outright hostility, he failed miserably – almost as miserably as John Harwood, Becky Quick, and Carl Quintanilla failed in their attempt to embarrass the forces of truth and right.