As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Shorter Paul Krugman

David Brooks can't handle the truth.

(a little backstory. Ronald Reagan may or may not have been a racist, but he openly appealed to racists to win the Presidency. David Brooks is shocked that St. Reagan would be "slandered" by such a characterization. Paul Krugman spends 800 words calling him a fool.)

So there’s a campaign on to exonerate Ronald Reagan from the charge that he deliberately made use of Nixon’s Southern strategy. When he went to Philadelphia, Mississippi, in 1980, the town where the civil rights workers had been murdered, and declared that “I believe in states’ rights,” he didn’t mean to signal support for white racists. It was all just an innocent mistake.

Indeed, you do really have to feel sorry for Reagan. He just kept making those innocent mistakes.

When he went on about the welfare queen driving her Cadillac, and kept repeating the story years after it had been debunked, some people thought he was engaging in race-baiting. But it was all just an innocent mistake.

When, in 1976, he talked about working people angry about the “strapping young buck” using food stamps to buy T-bone steaks at the grocery store, he didn’t mean to play into racial hostility.

Read the whole thing. In the faded mists of history, Republicans wouldn't dare see their hero Ronnie as anything but a kindly saint. They're wrong.

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