Wow: Even the Obama 2012 campaign tired of Krugman

posted at 9:25 am on August 18, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

On one hand, it’s hard to blame Ray Sandoval.  Most of us are tired of Paul Krugman, too, and of the rhetorical bomb-tossers of the Left.  On the other hand, we’re not Democratic campaign operatives hoping to garner support for a failing incumbent President, either:

The Obama campaign’s point person in New Mexico recently sent an email to supporters defending the president’s position on the debt deal and bashing the Nobel Prize winning New York Times columnist Paul Krugman and the “Firebagger Lefty blogosphere.”

On the evening of Aug. 1, just after Congress passed legislation to raise the debt ceiling, Obama for America (OFA) New Mexico State Director Ray Sandoval sent an email to supporters with the subject line, “Please take 5 minutes to read this, Please.”

“I know many of you have raised frustrations, but please, I implore you, please take 5 minutes and read the article below. It does a great job of explaining the Debt Ceiling deal,” Sandoval wrote in bold text.

Sandoval quotes Spandan Chakrabati, a former Howard Dean activist, in blasting Krugman and progressives for their criticism of Barack Obama and the debt-ceiling deal:

Paul Krugman is a political rookie. At least he is when compared to President Obama. That’s why he unleashed a screed as soon as word came about the debt ceiling compromise between President Obama and Congressional leaders – to, you know, avert an economic 9/11. Joining the ideologue spheres’ pure, fanatic, indomitable hysteria, Krugman declares the deal a disaster – both political and economic – of course providing no evidence for the latter, which I find curious for this Nobel winning economist. He rides the coattails of the simplistic argument that spending cuts – any spending cuts – are bad for a fragile economy, ignoring wholeheartedly his own revious cheerleading for cutting, say, defense spending. But that was back in the day – all the way back in April of this year. [...]

No, the loudest screeching noise you hear coming from Krugman and the ideologue Left is, of course, Medicare. Oh, no, the President is agreeing to a Medicare trigger!!! Oh noes!!! Everybody freak out right now! But let’s look at the deal again, shall we? [...]

Now let’s get to the fun part: the triggers. The more than half-a-trillion in defense and security spending cut “trigger” for the Republicans will hardly earn a mention on the Firebagger Lefty blogosphere. Hell, it’s a trigger supposedly for the Republicans, and of course, there’s always It’sNotEnough-ism to cover it.

Er … firebagger?  HuffPo’s Amanda Terkel explains that it’s “most likely” a term that combines the “teabagger” epithet beloved by the Left for Tea Party activists and the progressive blog FireDogLake.  Chakrabarti says he coined it to emphasize that the progressive Left has become as unreasonable as he sees the Tea Party, more interested in ideological battles than in actual policy progress.  FireDogLake blogger Jane Hamsher isn’t amused, according to ABC’s Devin Dwyer:

“What exactly does OFA [Obama for America] think they stand to gain by ridiculing Krugman as a ‘political rookie,’ a hysterical ‘fanatic’ and an ‘ideologue’?,” blasted Jane Hamsher, author of the popular liberal blog FireDogLake. “Do they think they hold so much sway with liberals that they can discredit Krugman and thus neutralize his criticism?”

Oh, I don’t know.  After his recent remarks about the boom growth that would follow a space-invasion false alarm, Krugman’s managed to discredit himself without much help from OFA.  Maybe the campaign is just trying to catch up to common sense, which admittedly would be a first for them.

Dwyer notes that this isn’t the first time an Obama organization has expressed exasperation with the Left’s punditry:

Since taking office, several top Obama aides have raised the ire of liberals with their words.  Former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel last yearprivately called a group of liberal activists “f—ing retarded,” while several months later former press secretary Robert Gibbs lashed out at what he called the “professional left.” One blogger confronted senior strategist David Axelrod to demand an end to the administration’s “hippie punching.”

Bear in mind that these were the very people courted by Obama early in his campaign, when he needed the energy of the activist progressive Left to gain traction against Hillary Clinton in the 2007-8 primary season.  In one sense, distancing Obama from Hamsher and Paul “Space Invaders” Krugman is strategic, positioning Obama more to the center and disassociating himself from the hard Left.  After all, Obama doesn’t have to worry about a primary challenge this time around, which means he needs to keep his eyes on the general election and winning the center.

However, that assumes the center can be won this time around, and Obama’s polling on the economy puts that into serious doubt.  He might have to shift tactics and try to get a base-turnout election to save him, in which case he’ll need Krugman and the “firebaggers” to be on his side.  This doesn’t appear to be a good way of arguing that Obama really wants to be more progressive but can’t, which is exactly how he’d need to get a base turnout model like Bush got in 2004.

Hamsher’s right at least in one sense, as she told Terkel at HuffPo: “[I]f this is a brilliant political strategy on the part of OFA, someone is going to have to explain it to me. I know the goal is to attract the much-prized Independent for 2012. But who do they think is keeping Obama’s poll numbers afloat?”  It sure isn’t the independents.

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Most of us are tired of Paul Krugman…

I am not tired of Krugman. He is comical and needs to co-host a show with Olbermann. When a person can no longer be taken seriously and is seen as a laughing stock by most I say raise him up. We need to support people like Krugman who are speaking truth to power and preparing us for the coming extraterrestrial invasion!

NotCoach on August 18, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Another quaalude and they gonna love me again.

/kruggie

The Mega Independent on August 18, 2011 at 9:29 AM

I loved the term fleebaggers…..now we have firebaggers! Happy Thursday!

search4truth on August 18, 2011 at 9:32 AM

“What exactly does OFA [Obama for America] think they stand to gain by ridiculing Krugman as a ‘political rookie,’ a hysterical ‘fanatic’ and an ‘ideologue’?,” 

Credibility?

Count to 10 on August 18, 2011 at 9:32 AM

FireDogLake blogger Jane Hamsher isn’t amused

Don’t you mean “the lovely and talented FireDogLake blogger Jane Hamsher”??????

SlimyBill on August 18, 2011 at 9:33 AM

I’m just tired of that AzzHat being linked on Hotair. Who gives a rip about the nobel-prize winning sharkjumper no matter what the context of the story (even in this case)?

Youngs98 on August 18, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Øbama is giving another speech. How do I know? The market is tanking again.

petefrt on August 18, 2011 at 9:35 AM

I’m just tired of that AzzHat being linked on Hotair. Who gives a rip about the nobel-prize winning sharkjumper no matter what the context of the story (even in this case)?

Youngs98 on August 18, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Lighten up. He has reduced himself to comedic theatre. It is no longer possible for me to be upset at anything he writes or says. And a little bit of lightheartedness is good for everyone.

NotCoach on August 18, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Firebagger? Really?

ZK on August 18, 2011 at 9:37 AM

“Most of us are tired of Paul Krugman, too, and of the rhetorical bomb-tossers of the Left.”

Leftist rhetorical bomb-tossers now fragging each other.

Dusty on August 18, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Wow. First time I heard the term firebagger. I’m not sure the WH should be using slurs like that even though I can’t stand Krugman, the left, Hammy, etc.

Blake on August 18, 2011 at 9:39 AM

In a month, they’ll be kissing Kruggies azz.

Where else is the Left gonna go?

catmman on August 18, 2011 at 9:41 AM

My neighbor reads Krugman.

I don’t think I have to say anymore.

darwin on August 18, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Krugman’s solution to our economic woes: Alien Attack.

Give that man another Nobel Prize, or whatever it was he got.

petefrt on August 18, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Don’t you mean “the lovely and talented FireDogLake blogger Jane Hamsher”??????

[SlimyBill on August 18, 2011 at 9:33 AM]

Yup, that popular liberal blogger who’s responsible for this.

Dusty on August 18, 2011 at 9:45 AM

In a month, they’ll be kissing Kruggies azz.

Where else is the Left gonna go?

catmman on August 18, 2011 at 9:41 AM

I really don’t think so. Krugman has entered the Olbermann Zone. The left is becoming more and more embarrassed every day that he is on their side. The political left anyways. The NutRoots will always have a place in their hearts for people like this. After all, we don’t call them the NutRoots for nothing.

NotCoach on August 18, 2011 at 9:46 AM

Breaking, OT:

Fox Business News reports that Obama just demanded Assad step down and we have frozen all Syrian assets under our control.

TXUS on August 18, 2011 at 9:46 AM

Ha! The left is being devoured by a combination of cabin fever and syphilis. Love it!

Sharke on August 18, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Excellent piece, Mr. Morrissey. It is a bit touching to see the “independents” getting raked over the coals by both sides. It’s not like they do anything but ultimately vote in elections. It’s a bit scary to think the direction of our nation hinges on a winning advertising campaign at any given moment? Yes, we can hope for change.

Cindy Munford on August 18, 2011 at 9:51 AM

I guess the WH crew is too busy ‘manning the pumps’ to Obozo afloat to listen to the usual idiotic chattering these days.

Besides, Krugman’s ‘advice’ isn’t advice…it’s Leftist economic fantasy porn.

And all it’s doing now is stirring up the ‘sane people’ who see the economy of fire (and not in a good way) and a WH doing NOTHING helpful, or useful.

Just ‘words’ and grand pronouncements about ‘solutions’…that are anything but solutions.

[Point-of-fact...they look more like economic 'molotov cock-tales' thrown square into the face of the Free Market.]

CPT. Charles on August 18, 2011 at 9:51 AM

“Firebagger.”

This spreads around enough, and the Bamster’s dropping to 25%. Count on it.

KingGold on August 18, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Watching Krugman and Obama’s goons attack each other is like watching Iran and North Korea nuke each other. Everyone’s a winner.

Chuck Schick on August 18, 2011 at 9:56 AM

In terms of the upcoming election, none of the left on left bloodletting really matters. They will ALL pull the lever for Obambi anyway.

What we need to do is (of course) continue to laugh heartily at Kruggie & Pals while they wet their collective beds and stay focused on sane, rational, thinking Americans that were simply sucked into the hope and change hype last time around and now know better.

Tim Zank on August 18, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Sharke on August 18, 2011 at 9:51 AM

Of course, it is not possible for Krugmann to get syphillis.

But he certainly is proof that liberalism is a mental disorder.

Really Right on August 18, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Have you ever tried to actually put yourself into the mindset of a liberal? Krugman and his musings would be the perfect example. Go through any of his writings and try to put yourself into his frame of mind, as if you really could believe what he says is the way the world should be. It makes your head hurt to know he think the way he does and that other people actually believe like he does.

hawkdriver on August 18, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Chakrabarti says he coined it

well, no. like teabaggers, they coined it for themselves.

sesquipedalian on August 18, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Dow down 460.

Chuck Schick on August 18, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Krugman declares the deal a disaster – both political and economic – of course providing no evidence for the latter, which I find curious for this Nobel winning economist.

… who worked for Enron.

But seriously, I can just picture Krugman sitting in a corner sucking his thumb, holding his binky, and crying out for his mommy because someone on the left ß!t¢Ħ$l@ƤƤҼd him for his unending, idiotic economic rants.

VibrioCocci on August 18, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Hahahaha, even boing boing had a laugh at Krugman and his alien theory. And I’ve NEVER seen them poke fun at a liberal before.

scalleywag on August 18, 2011 at 10:09 AM

well, no. like teabaggers, they coined it for themselves.

sesquipedalian on August 18, 2011 at 10:03 AM

This intelligent reply coming from someone who still uses the word ‘teabaggers’, though I have to wonder if you’re just subconsciously referencing your personal life.

VibrioCocci on August 18, 2011 at 10:10 AM

well, no. like teabaggers, they coined it for themselves.

sexypedophile on August 18, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Teabaggers coined teabaggers? How so?

Chuck Schick on August 18, 2011 at 10:11 AM

sexypedophile on August 18, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Chuck Schick on August 18, 2011 at 10:11 AM

*snicker*

VibrioCocci on August 18, 2011 at 10:13 AM

well, no. like teabaggers, they coined it for themselves.

sesquipedalian on August 18, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Gay men coined the term Firebagger?

OK, I’ll bite. What do gay men have to do with a website most known for putting political opponents in blackface?

Don’t strain yourself on that one, junior. It’s a toughie.

MNHawk on August 18, 2011 at 10:13 AM

economic 9/11

yo on August 18, 2011 at 10:13 AM

One thing that confuses me. I know that Clinton caught he11 from the extremem left because he actually did have a minor Conservative streak; at least in comparison to Obama. What the heck do they have to be upset with Obama over? For God’s sake, if liberals think Obama needs to go even further left, they’re nuts if they think we’re going to sit by and watch it happen. If they honestly think he’s gone too far left, then, maybe there is some hope for us.

hawkdriver on August 18, 2011 at 10:14 AM

You had me at “Krugman’s a rookie”!!! Pure Gold!

Rovin on August 18, 2011 at 10:18 AM

What the heck do they have to be upset with Obama over?

hawkdriver on August 18, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Spoiled children always want more.

VibrioCocci on August 18, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Spoiled children always want more.

VibrioCocci on August 18, 2011 at 10:20 AM

I reckon.

hawkdriver on August 18, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Go through any of his writings and try to put yourself into his frame of mind, …..”

Shouldn’t this statement come with a warning Hawk? Something along the lines of “attempting this exercise may cause permanent and irreversible brain damage”?

Rovin on August 18, 2011 at 10:24 AM

The left is always referring to us disparagingly as “baggers”. It just makes me think they hate grocery store workers.

juliesa on August 18, 2011 at 10:25 AM

The left has been predicting a Republican “civil war” while salivating over the “signs” of one. Yet it seems they are the ones on the verge and no wonder with their failed president. One thing they have in common with Obama is that they’ve got the Blame Game down pat!

cartooner on August 18, 2011 at 10:27 AM

The left is always referring to us disparagingly as “baggers”. It just makes me think they hate grocery store workers.

juliesa on August 18, 2011 at 10:25 AM

No, they don’t hate grocery baggers, it’s one of the jobs food stamps create!

cartooner on August 18, 2011 at 10:29 AM

Obama campaign : Krugman :: Abercrombie + Fitch : Jersey Shore and The Situation

I honestly think they’d pay him to shut up for the next 2 years after his nutzo “We need an alien invasion!” argument.

teke184 on August 18, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Rovin on August 18, 2011 at 10:24 AM

It should. And I stand corrected. But then again, for all of them the same is true. I hurts to read what they write.

hawkdriver on August 18, 2011 at 10:39 AM

“Paul Krugman is a political rookie off his meds.”

FIFY

Mangy Scot on August 18, 2011 at 10:39 AM

[former Enron advisor] Paul Krugman is a political rookie. At least he is when compared to President Obama.

Well, compared to my 9 year old, Obama is a political rookie, so that is a pretty rough put down of Krugman.

deadman on August 18, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Bear in mind that these were the very people courted by Obama early in his campaign, when he needed the energy of the activist progressive Left to gain traction against Hillary Clinton in the 2007-8 primary season.

Heh, lefties are just now coming to realize Obama’s long standing pattern, once he gets what he wants/needs from you, you are regulated to being an after thought in his considerations. Just ask Alice Palmer.

Archimedes on August 18, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Taking a cue from the late great Chicago columnist, the legendary Mike Royko, Paul Krugman has always had wooly caterpillars crawling between his ears.

pilamaye on August 18, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Turning on each other. I love it. I hope these people continue to pump up Krugman, spend time on an irrelevant hack.
My first smile of the day

JusDreamin on August 18, 2011 at 10:49 AM

It hurts.

hawkdriver on August 18, 2011 at 10:50 AM

O/T. Beg, borrow, or steal today’s WSJ. PRICELESS quote from Warren Buffet’s dad, circa 1956– in the notable &quotableSection. Absolutely priceless

herm2416 on August 18, 2011 at 10:50 AM

How can anyone take Krugmoron seriously? All you have to say is the guy won a Nobel Prize. Look at the rest of the clowns that have won the same award…..the Goracle, BO, the nutball in the energy dept, etc.

David in ATL on August 18, 2011 at 10:53 AM

I’d have guessed the term had something to do with reaching for the KY and grabbing a tube of BENGAY® from the nightstand by mistake.

Barney Frank likely could tell us for sure.

saint kansas on August 18, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Krugman is a very, very smart economist. He definitely deserved his Nobel, although for work done long before he became a rabid lefty political commentator.

This Obama operative is 100% right (not an oxymoron this time!), Krugman is a political rookie. Watch him on any Sunday show, read his column. It is perpetual amateur hour when he does political commentary.

Also, he should shave his I-Grew-This-To-Look-Smart beard.

BocaJuniors on August 18, 2011 at 11:04 AM

The word “firebagger” doesn’t appear at your link at all. Do you want to try again?

blink on August 18, 2011 at 10:54 AM

It was in a comment, blink. It still doesn’t change the fact that the Tea Party did not take to calling themselves “teabaggers”. Disgusting liberals.

hawkdriver on August 18, 2011 at 11:08 AM

Let’s get his title right; it’s “the ferret-like former Enron adviser Paul Krugman”.

slickwillie2001 on August 18, 2011 at 11:14 AM

After all, Obama doesn’t have to worry about a primary challenge this time around

He keeps on the current path, that may very well happen. According to Maxine Waters, even Blacks are getting pissed at Barry.

GarandFan on August 18, 2011 at 11:14 AM

“Do they think they hold so much sway with liberals that they can discredit Krugman and thus neutralize his criticism?”

Jane, you would suck the One’s Koch in town square on July 4th at high noon, and then pay him for the honor.

So, yes… that’s exactly what they think.

JohnGalt23 on August 18, 2011 at 11:22 AM

So this whole ‘alien invasion would stimulate our economy’ thing. My take on this is that Krugman is saying he pines for a reason to take up the nazis ‘total war’ economic stimulus philosophy, only in a way that wouldn’t, you know, fight anybody whose complaints would matter. Only he can’t actually come out and credit the source, much as his column is in substance a tribute.

perries on August 18, 2011 at 11:24 AM

I love it when BOR treats Krugman like a baby harp seal…

Other than that, I think he doesn’t pay enough taxes…

Khun Joe on August 18, 2011 at 11:32 AM

He does strike me as a numbers geek that has found this audience that will give him the attention his daddy or girls in high school never did.

watson007 on August 18, 2011 at 11:39 AM

These incidents of the libs turning on each other will only increase as we get closer to November, 2012. And after Obama loses? Oh brother, look out.

Ward Cleaver on August 18, 2011 at 12:10 PM

Of course, it is not possible for Krugman to get syphilis….

Really Right on August 18, 2011 at 10:00 AM

Because no man nor woman nor beast would ever, um, get into bed with him of his/her/its own free will, you mean?

Mary in LA on August 18, 2011 at 12:12 PM

I’m sure bayam still loves Krugman. She never met a Keynesian she didn’t like.

blink on August 18, 2011 at 11:19 AM

crr6 too.

Del Dolemonte on August 18, 2011 at 12:15 PM

All the hopey changey dopey mangies may be starting to figure out Chicago power politics gets votes by doing what it needs to do to get the votes, then does what the hell it pleases after it wins.

MarkT on August 18, 2011 at 12:29 PM

Democratics on the Congressional ‘Super-Committee’ now asking that stimulus be included in any package that they come up with. Woe is we.

slickwillie2001 on August 18, 2011 at 12:33 PM

Progressive sharks eating their own?

What’s not to love about that?

PappyD61 on August 18, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Er … firebagger? HuffPo’s Amanda Terkel explains that it’s “most likely” a term that combines the “teabagger” epithet beloved by the Left for Tea Party activists and the progressive blog FireDogLake. Chakrabarti says he coined it to emphasize that the progressive Left has become as unreasonable as he sees the Tea Party, more interested in ideological battles than in actual policy progress. FireDogLake blogger Jane Hamsher isn’t amused, according to ABC’s Devin Dwyer:

And our point is…

The Tea Party rhetoric is focused primarily policy, so it would be expected for detractors to argue otherwise.

Thing is, policy has to be based on some kind of ideology.

The left arguing that Tea Party policy is to “ideological” is hypocritical since their own liberal agenda is just as ideological.

So who’s really being inflexible, ideologically? Is it the left who can’t abide conservative philosophy at all and offer no clear solutions to anything, or is th the Tea Party who are actually putting forth plans and solutions?

Lawrence on August 18, 2011 at 12:59 PM

I wonder who’s going to coin the term ‘Bagbaggers’…

Oh, wait…

trigon on August 18, 2011 at 1:18 PM

Kruggie reminds me of an Ewok. A deranged Ewok.

“…who do they think is keeping Obama’s poll numbers afloat?”

So, in the new progressive lexicon, “afloat” = “underwater”.

well, no. like teabaggers, they coined it for themselves.

sesquipedalian on August 18, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Use of that term brands the user as a gutless punk. I’m anxiously awaiting one of these childish cowards to use the term to my face. (But not holding my breath.)

novaculus on August 18, 2011 at 2:04 PM

“Paul Krugman is a political rookie. At least he is when compared to President Obama.”

That’s rich! Compared to this president, a newborn is a wizend old scholar.

That said, Krugman is a moron, as well.

PJ Emeritus on August 18, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Firebagger?

Isn’t that what you call the prankster, who craps in a bag, lights it on fire, leaves it in front of the door, then rings the doorbell and runs… On Halloween?

Yep,

That’s Krugman.

franksalterego on August 18, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Blink, the first comment the link rests on.

During Bush’s second term, even most of his own base started to see that he was a failure. Too bad it took his base so long to realize the obvious. Why did it take them so long?

We, on the other hand, see what way too many in Obama’s base aren’t ready to see yet.

How can anyone seriously support any president as he pulls tom-fuckery on the American people? I’d be more than happy if Obama were to fight for the common good and the best interests of the American people. But he’s not. Till he changes course – and till others in his base see that he’s screwing around for all the wrong reasons and screwing us all over in the process – I’ll speak out against him.

Call me PUMA. Call me Firebagger. Call me the last true Progressive standing.

hawkdriver on August 18, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Blink, it was in the first comment the link centers on.

During Bush’s second term, even most of his own base started to see that he was a failure. Too bad it took his base so long to realize the obvious. Why did it take them so long?

We, on the other hand, see what way too many in Obama’s base aren’t ready to see yet.

How can anyone seriously support any president as he pulls tom-f@@@ry on the American people? I’d be more than happy if Obama were to fight for the common good and the best interests of the American people. But he’s not. Till he changes course – and till others in his base see that he’s screwing around for all the wrong reasons and screwing us all over in the process – I’ll speak out against him.

Call me PUMA. Call me Firebagger. Call me the last true Progressive standing.

hawkdriver on August 18, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Krugman just signed on to be the economics/space alien correspondent for the Weekly World News.

curved space on August 18, 2011 at 9:09 PM