Yet another article on the Obama movement turning into a cult of personality. I used to like Paul Krugman’s columns for the NYT, but this is one especially insulting. Back Hillary if you must, Paul, but don’t insult my intelligence. I chose Obama out of my own free will, not because Michelle Obama water-boarded me one weekend .
From today’s Huffington Post:
In a long screed in this morning’s New York Times, Krugman fulminates far and wide on the sins of the Obama camp. “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.” He believes that the Obama campaign is “dangerously close to becoming a cult of personality. (Oh, really?) He finds it “saddening” how “many Obama supporters seem happy with the application of ‘Clinton rules'” which is, “the term a number of observers use for the way pundits and some news organizations treat any action or statement by the Clintons, no matter how innocuous, as proof of evil intent.”
Well, it’s a good thing he’s not faking evenhandedness here! Krugman makes a lot of bold claims, and then fails to substantiate every single one of them. As to his claim that “most of the venom” is emanating from the Obama camp, he provides not a single shred of evidence. He provides no example of the Obama supporters, evincing the behavior that “saddens” him. Frankly, he fails to pull off the whole “cult of personality” charge as well, but my wife, having earned a deep dislike of chanted mantras from her work at elementary school, finds the constant “Yes we can!” refrain deeply grating, so I’m happy to sympathize with Krugman on that point.