Kruggie Gone Wild

I’m not yet ready to say “I used to like reading Paul Krugman”, but with every new column he writes about the election, Krugman’s really pushing my patience.

There’s too much wrong with Krugman’s column from today’s NY Times for me to have the time to dig into everything, but I’d like to rebuff one of his arguments.  To do such, I’ve found a picture that will save me the need for verbosity.

Krugman relates Obama’s recent “bitter” comments to Thomas Frank’s “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”, then he attempts to let us all know that Frank’s book, upon giving it a second look, is dead wrong:

I was impressed by Mr. Frank’s book when it came out. But my Princeton colleague Larry Bartels, who had an Op-Ed in The Times on Thursday, convinced me that Mr. Frank was mostly wrong. […]

So why have Republicans won so many elections? In his book, “Unequal Democracy,” Mr. Bartels shows that “the shift of the Solid South from Democratic to Republican control in the wake of the civil rights movement” explains all — literally all — of the Republican success story. […]

Anyway, the important point is that working-class Americans do vote on economic issues — and can be swayed by a politician who offers real answers to their problems.

Uh, yeah.  Perhaps you forgot about this image, Paul?

2004 Elections by county

That’s a map of how counties voted in the 2004 presidential elections.  Notice all that red in the non-metropolitan areas of the country?

One is free to disagree with the thesis of Frank’s book, but to say that “the important point is that working-class Americans do vote on economic issues” is pretty much bunk.  Reality has debunked it.  The reason for why this is is open to debate, but it would be nice if the Hillary supporters wouldn’t try skewing reality for the sake of their flimsy arguments. 

5 Responses to “Kruggie Gone Wild”

  1. Oh dude, I lost patience with him. A long, long time ago. And I don’t think I can say that I ever “enjoyed reading him”. Anyway, good point, good post, thanks.
    sorrygroggy now

  2. tas says:

    Some of his economic columns are still good, but.. At school, I get the weekly edition of NY Times for free if I get to the dispenser soon enough before all the copies are gone. Let’s just say that I’m not hustling to that dispenser Monday and Friday — Krugman’s days — anymore. (Though regardless, I rush to the dispenser anyways because the Times always goes first, it has the most news, and the other three papers available — USA Today, Boston Globe, and the Republic, which actually is the name of the local rag — suck.)

  3. I can’t even read print media. I don’t want to sound snobbish, I just don’t have the patience for it anymoe, plus, it leaves a lot of clutter. Naw, Krugman just kind of went insane and decided nothing Obama ever says will ever satisfy him.

    Oh well.

  4. tas says:

    Most days I don’t lug my laptop to school (I need a lighter one, and for that, I need money; so I’m not getting a lighter laptop for a while), so for me NY Times becomes essential. It’s the only paper readily available to me that has a 30 page A section everyday with stories from everywhere. When I do bring my laptop with me, my favorite web source is the UK’s Guardian — another print media outlet.

    Someday blogs will be at the point where their reporting can match up to the print media’s, but for right now it’s only the print media that has the organization of reporters around the world setup to get stories out. It’s what the blogosphere relies on for its content. I’m perfectly willing to rely on other sources, or even do reporting myself, but.. As far as that’s concerned, it’s all about the $$$. Journalism can be an expensive hobby.

  5. Or a time sucking one. Actually, ever since Memeorandum has been getting overloaded with political minutiae, I’ve been relying on more and more for my information.

    And have I sent out our Iraqslogger accounts to everyone yet? I can’t remember. We should probably start focusing on that.

    But I hear you, portability is not something that I am overly concerned with considering that I’m either at my office computer or on my laptop on my couch.

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