Monday, February 11, 2008

Clinton, Krugman, and forgiveness

Today's Krugman op-ed in the NYT was disturbing - "hate springs eternal"? "most of the venom I see [in this campaign] is coming from supporters of Mr. Obama"? Yikes.

Let us see... "fairy tale" (video); "drug dealer"; "absolutely stupid"; continuously trying to explain away Senator Obama's victories as similar to Jesse Jackon's Black-candidate strategy... Yes, all the venom is coming from Senator Obama's campaign, while the Clinton campaign is pure as the driven snow.

Sure, there are some Obama supporters who would rather vote McCain than Clinton, and there probably are some personality cultists who are drawn by Senator Obama's charm. But there are just as many irrational folk on Senator Clinton's side - see Robin Morgan's rant (my take), or the NY chapter of NOW berating Senator Ted Kennedy for endorsing Senator Obama.

Melinda Henneberger writing for the XX Factor on Slate has this response to Krugman's op-ed.

Recently, David Shuster of MSNBC was suspended for saying Chelsea Clinton's recent campaign involvement meant she's being "pimped out." Shuster's friend Daniel Gross has an interesting response (self-admittedly likely biased), which Emily Yoffe suggests means Senator Clinton has a thin skin... Dahlia Lithwick tries not to say pimp while watching Senator Clinton describe Nelson Mandela's forgiving attitude toward his foes.

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