You say I'm a bitch as if that were a bad thing...
Finally a bit of good news to pierce the gloom.Dr. Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize recipient and the guy whom Slate was glad to be rid of!
Minor nitpick. There is no Nobel Prize in economics. There is The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, which Krugman won.
As weird as the timing was for him personally, it couldn't have been better politically. Coming at this moment, it actually has a chance to impact a current set of decisions of enormous importance.
The wingnut response is writing itself as we type.
I've got my own piece up on Krugman's award over at my own blog, but apart from my happiness tht he's been honored, it's definitely schadenfreude time. This is a big international thumb in the eye to Dubya, Greenspan economic libertarians, and the entire GOP.Oh, if only Tim Russert had lived to see this day. It's fairly obvious now that Russert banned Krugman from the NBC networks after Krugman criticized his Social Security demagoguery and effectively called him a liar. As soon as the dust settled from Russert's death, most of the NBC and MSNBC people fell all over themselves to regularly get Krugman on the air. When you watch the coverage of the current financial mess, you can sense their relief at having at an economics expert who can talk about these topics and keep them accessible for most people. Krugman's a national treasure, and alone among his press colleagues, he never flinched from criticizing Dubya, even during the dark months after 9/11. In my opinion, this makes him an American hero.
Krugman is a giant in his profession. He was on the Noble short list for a long time.It's gratifying to see him acknowledged universally.The Democrats have more well know guys in the wings.
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