Paul Krugman: Barack Obama like George Bush in a flight suit.
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I won’t try for fake evenhandedness here: most of the venom I see is coming from supporters of Mr. Obama, who want their hero or nobody. I’m not the first to point out that the Obama campaign seems dangerously close to becoming a cult of personality. We’ve already had that from the Bush administration — remember Operation Flight Suit? We really don’t want to go there again.
Alas for Mr. Krugman, his time in TimesSelect exile has perhaps atrophied his ability to sense danger. This isn't 2004, where Democratic partisans (and he's fairly clearly a Clinton partisan) could face off each other fairly cleanly, secure in the knowledge that it wasn't going to really matter anyway*. This is 2008, and the eventual Democratic nominee actually has a shot at winning this time around. That means that he's going to be possibly surprised at the, ah, vehemence of the reaction to this otherwise innocuous enough article (I expect that certain people are likewise going to be very unhappy with Susan Estrich, but she's probably expecting it more). Which is a real shame, isn't it? No really:
I’d like to see more moments like that, perhaps starting with strong assurances from both Democratic candidates that they respect their opponents and would support them in the general election.
You almost have to feel bad somebody who is that dead to irony. Particularly since he's also clearly suffering from acute amnesia...
Pass the popcorn, folks.
*Folks, it's been four years. You Democrats can safely admit that Kerry was just a caretaker candidate nominated for your pride's sake, because your Party would never live down actually passing on a Presidential election. It's OK. It happens.