Donald Trump’s most endearing characteristic is the unmitigated batshit insanity he exposes in others. That, and his penchant for nominating textualist judges.
Paul Krugman is a Nobel Prize-winning economist. But he has been reduced to making observations that sound more at home from some rando surfing the fiery edges of Reddit.
The latest evidence came today in an Op-Ed he wrote in the New York Times. Unlike the big Op-Ed on Wednesday, we KNOW the source of this one. It might have been better if Krugman had submitted it anonymously.
In it, he claims that if Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to the US Supreme Court, Republicans “will have filled two positions with nominees chosen by a president who lost the popular vote and eked out an Electoral College win only with aid from a hostile foreign power.”
Wow…Again, this is a Nobel Prize winner.
First of all, the popular vote doesn’t matter. Did you read that? It. Does. Not. Matter. Not in a Presidential Election. I learned this arcane fact in eighth-grade civics. If I could absorb and retain this crucial information while battling the ravages of puberty and juggling that with dating my first girl—then certainly someone as erudite as Mr. Krugman could remember.
Secondly, Trump won the Electoral College by a 306-232 margin. That is not eking out a win. That is the equivalent of winning a football game 31-23. Not a blowout, but not a squeaker, either. Plus the margin of victory is not a factor in determining a President’s legitimacy. It’s like the old adage…”What do you call the guy who finishes last in his class in Medical School? You call him ‘Doctor.'”
Thirdly, there is no evidence that Russians prevented Trump’s opponent from campaigning in crucial states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania; opting instead to run up the score in comfortably-blue states. There is also no evidence that foreign interference made Hillary Clinton about as popular as genital warts.
Of course, Trump Deragement Syndrome hit this once-august economist from Day One. When Trump was elected, Krugman presciently observed that the stock market would take a tumble from which it would never recover.
All this comes amidst the backdrop of this week’s Jerry Springer marathon, cleverly disguised as a Senate confirmation hearing. It has featured more than 70 arrests, Kavanaugh’s children being escorted out for their own safety, veteran Senators launching their 2020 Presidential runs by playing to the cameras; and a seasoned jurist calmly answering questions from activists who also happen to be Senators.
Other publications have joined in the inanity. Huffington Post today unleashed a BLOCKBUSTER on Kavanaugh. It was an e-mail exchange between him and several friends who were planning a weekend sailing. Seriously. There are many more articles just as zany.
Brett Kavanaugh will be confirmed by the US Senate to replace retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. I think a couple of Democrats will join Republicans. And thanks to the forward-thinking or former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democrats are absolutely powerless to stop it.
And remember—all of this drama comes over the replacement of a “moderate” justice. I can only imagine the industrial strength pearl clutching that will ensue should Trump have a chance to nominate a replacement for a liberal like Ruth Bader Ginsburg.