Krugman: This is our day of national shame, or something

posted at 1:30 pm on September 11, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

I returned home after the Patriot Day celebration yesterday and checked my e-mail — and found a significant amount of outrageous outrage over Paul Krugman’s blog post for today at the New York Times.  It reportedly dropped off the site for a little while, but if so it reappeared by the time I had the chance to read it.  What did Krugman say that was so outrageous?  Well, for one thing, he referred to George Bush and Rudy Giuliani as “fake heroes” and called the anniversary of 9/11 “an occasion for shame”:

What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. Te atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons.

A lot of other people behaved badly. How many of our professional pundits — people who should have understood very well what was happening — took the easy way out, turning a blind eye to the corruption and lending their support to the hijacking of the atrocity?

Yes, that’s a nasty partisan attack on a day when most of us try to frame our commemoration of the anniversary in non-partisan terms.  Our radio station here in the Twin Cities is unabashedly conservative, yet we were proud to welcome two members of Minnesota’s delegation to Capitol Hill for our observance at the state capitol: Rep. John Kline (R) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D).  Both spoke movingly of their memories of the event and what it meant for them and for all Americans.  We also had a variety of speakers from the military and first-responder communities who didn’t offer any partisan views on the event, either.  That’s a classy way to deal with 9/11 observances, and it’s worth noting that President Barack Obama shared the stage with President George W. Bush for today’s Ground Zero commemoration as well.

But otherwise, I don’t have a problem with political debate on anniversaries of 9/11.  The fact that we’re free to do so is a reason for celebration.  That’s one reason I find it hard to get worked up over this blog post, but the other is that it’s such a lousy piece of writing.  It’s nothing Krugman wouldn’t say (and probably does say) the other 364 days out of the year, and Krugman says it in pretty much the same vacuous manner of the everyday sufferers of Bush Derangement Syndrome.  After reading this, you seriously have to remind yourself that the New York Times pays Krugman to write it; this wouldn’t even pass muster for a Letter to the Editor at most newspapers.  It’s so trite, sad, and cliched that it’s hardly worth the effort to rebut.  He’s mailing this in from 2003.  It’s as if Krugman hasn’t bothered to think about 9/11 in the past ten years at all, which says a lot more about Krugman than it does about 9/11.

And for that matter, so does this:

I’m not going to allow comments on this post, for obvious reasons.

Yes, the reasons are obvious, but it’s equally obvious that Krugman doesn’t have a clue what they are.

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Words of wisdom some someone infinitely smarter than Paul Krugman… Dwight Schrute.

“No, don’t call me a hero. Do you know who the real heroes are? The guys who wake up every morning and go into their normal jobs and get a distress call from the commissioner (not Mayor Giuliani), and take off their glasses and change into capes and fly around fighting crime. Those are the real heroes. You know who’s a real hero? Hiro, from Heroes. That’s a hero… Also, Bono.”

What a schmuck!

Glenn Jericho on September 11, 2011 at 10:58 PM

George Bush and Rudy Giuliani are real heroes of 911.
GW is one of the best Prez in American history up there with Lincoln and Reagan….

Krugman will be swept into the dust bin of human history, along with Obama union thugs, and the Soviet Union…..

dec5 on September 11, 2011 at 11:12 PM

Krugman is so weird. He asks:

Is it just me, or are the 9/11 commemorations oddly subdued?

????? What in the world does that mean? We’re commemorating a day on which nearly 3000 people died. “Subdued” seems, well, appropriate. What does he want, fireworks and marching bands? Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake on a stage?

I could have used more firemen at the ceremony in Manhattan, but I certainly thought keeping it subdued was a sign of respect and good judgment, as opposed to anything sinister.

J.E. Dyer on September 12, 2011 at 12:01 AM

I hope Krugman gets beard cancer.

crosspatch on September 12, 2011 at 12:32 AM

Thanks voter, I knew I remembered that clinton had turned him down. I was responding to mrX who said the republicans had stood in the way.
By the way, just to tell you what a hero Juliana is/was he went to every funeral that he could make in NY. He also stood in for the fathers for many weddings where their real dad had been a first responder. Just how exactly has he made a fortune from this?
Krugman is a man who life has past him by and I don’t care about his nobel or his teaching job where he must wax strong teaching all those young minds, I mean as a loving, real person. He’s a nothing – an empty vessel!

Bambi on September 12, 2011 at 12:46 AM

I hope Krugman gets beard cancer.

crosspatch on September 12, 2011 at 12:32 AM

..I know this is wa-a-a-a-a-y late to the dance, but your post is absolutely hilarious.

The War Planner on September 12, 2011 at 12:50 AM

Clinton, and you can hate him as much as you like, was the #1 proponent of going after Bin Laden. The Republicans stopped him at every turn and won the PR game. I still remember Clinton getting ridiculed for going after Bin Laden by Republicans and the media alike.

So pretty please, with sugar on top, don’t rewrite history like Liberals do.

MrX on September 11, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Hi, Hillary! Or are you now constantine posting under another HA Sleeper Cell name?

Your Meal Ticket was offered bin Laden several times and passed. Also had at least 2 chances to pull an O’bama and illegally assassinate him. He passed every time.

Now, can you provide us credible, multi-sourced cites to back up your claim that the Republicans and the Democrat Media ridiculed Clinton for not going after bin Laden?

Oh, and I promise not to bring up the Later-Suppressed Movie that aired once on TV.

Del Dolemonte on September 12, 2011 at 1:25 AM

In a book that I read (can’t remember the title at this time),
Voter from WA State on September 12, 2011 at 12:31 AM

It was called “Gorelick’s ride to Reno” available on Amazon.pantsuit.lgbt

arnold ziffel on September 12, 2011 at 1:29 AM

I hope Krugman gets beard cancer.

crosspatch on September 12, 2011 at 12:32 AM

He can’ grow one. He had to have it surgically implanted like Michael Jackson

V-rod on September 12, 2011 at 1:37 AM

O/T, but better than Krugman.

From: Baseball memories from the Fall of 2001

I remember Jack Buck’s speech because the game in St. Louis was the first one after 9/11. GWB’s pitch for the World Series is also in the playlist.

INC on September 12, 2011 at 1:48 AM

Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror.

It’s a real mystery to me what shred of a neuron fired that led Paul to produce this bizarre statement.

Pure and utter derangement.

dissent555 on September 12, 2011 at 2:00 AM

“Let him speak so all know him to be mad.”

gstrickler on September 12, 2011 at 2:03 AM

Krugman’s an anti-american coward just like the rest of his co-columnists and the majority of the readers of the New York Times.

Time to start boycotting and picketing the News Media.

They have lied and people have died.

They have hidden the truth and people have died.

They have persuaded those with a vulnerable character to believe and defend those lies. To the enablement of our enemies and people have died.

They are traitors. They are cowards. And they represent very, very accurately the majority of Democrats an Liberals.

jakee308 on September 12, 2011 at 4:45 AM

Krugman is blissfully unaware of the world around him.

kingsjester on September 12, 2011 at 5:48 AM

Nice to see HOT AIR living up to it’s name.

Made a comment prior to 5:48. No cursing, no threats of violence, just calling Krugman what he is.

BUT I get moderated (or maybe even disallowed as comment hasn’t shown up but another has).

Well that’s their right but it’s my right to go elsewhere where things are a little less “restricted” shall we say.

Ever since Townhall took over this blog has gone downhill.

As Charles Johnson would say, I’m flouncing off.

SEE YA!

jakee308 on September 12, 2011 at 6:09 AM

Hey Ed,

Fox and Friends just quoted your article about this. Will you be heading to the curvy couch soon?

BierManVA on September 12, 2011 at 6:43 AM

Liberals will invariably get frustrated, rip off the mask, and show us the slavering socialist beneath the facade.
The most satisfying thing about a guy like Krugman doing it, is that he sacrifices whatever meager credentials he had as an economist in the action.

Murf76 on September 12, 2011 at 7:31 AM

Krugs is a disgraceful piece of $hit.

JayVee on September 12, 2011 at 7:37 AM

Whatever Krugman believes is akin to a rat fart. He deserves the same attention. Just more proof that the NYT is dead. They just refuse to acknowledge it.

SKYFOX on September 12, 2011 at 7:42 AM

Liberals will invariably get frustrated, rip off the mask, and show us the slavering socialist beneath the facade.
The most satisfying thing about a guy like Krugman doing it, is that he sacrifices whatever meager credentials he had as an economist in the action.

Murf76 on September 12, 2011 at 7:31 AM

Unfortunately, like many other examples, this means that… nothing changes.

Conservatives and everyone with two brain cells to rub together already know that Krugman is an ignorant, bitter, partisan POS, and he and NYT already have zero credibility with regard to journalism, economy, or any other topic for that matter.

Liberals, on the other hand, will simply nod their heads in agreement, chalk up another “yep, that’s one clever and intuitive guy, that Mr. Krugman”, and will continue to bathe in and regurgitate that which is excrement to everyone else.

There’s not really any ‘changing of minds’ going on, just solidifying of battle lines.

The liberals are lost to us; best to be separated, removed from power utterly and forever, that they may never again harm themselves or anyone else with their very dangerous stupidity.

Midas on September 12, 2011 at 8:05 AM

to steal a line from one of my favorite movies..
“Calling him stupid, would be an lnsult to stupid people!”

conservativecaveman on September 12, 2011 at 8:13 AM

jakee308 on September 12, 2011 at 6:09 AM

Flouncing is the right word, buttercup. We don’t choose comments to moderate; comments with words in the mod filter or with multiple links automatically go into the mod queue. We have to review and approve those as they come up. Since we do like to sleep at night, that means I ended up approving both of your comments while I was eating my breakfast this morning.

So flounce off, buttercup. You won’t be missed.

Ed Morrissey on September 12, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Krugman is insane.

mankai on September 12, 2011 at 8:31 AM

The only reason to fight a war is to help spur the nation you are fighting against into keynesian economic reneissance, by causing the maximum destruction in human casualties and infrastructure…according to Krugman?

anikol on September 12, 2011 at 8:43 AM

A fake keeps rushing to cash in on the killing of OBL.

Kissmygrits on September 12, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Ed Morrissey on September 12, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Good fot you Ed, I bet she didn’t expect that!

Bambi on September 12, 2011 at 8:48 AM

So pretty please, with sugar on top, don’t rewrite history like Liberals do.

MrX on September 11, 2011 at 9:19 PM

You’re pathetic, Rahm. You don’t have enough problems to deal with in Chicago?

Jaibones on September 12, 2011 at 9:25 AM

Krugman, I acknowledge your right to your opinion, but I will defend to the death my right to disagree with you.

hungrymongo on September 12, 2011 at 9:46 AM

I sent a long email to the NY Times voicing my displeasure with Krapman’s blog post. And suggested he be made to take The Walk of Shame across the city apologizing to New Yorkers for his insulting remarks.

theflyonthewall on September 12, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Paul Krugman can go straight to hell.

HondaV65 on September 12, 2011 at 11:04 AM

BierManVA on September 12, 2011 at 6:43 AM

Saw that this morning and couldn’t believe my eyes and ears! Quoted ol’ Ed, AND put the quote right up there with his name, and the HOT AIR label! FOX is watching you, Ed….kudos!!!

lovingmyUSA on September 12, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Wow. Krugman just made it to the top of my short list of People Most Likely To Be The Antichrist. Sorry, Hillary.

stevezilla on September 12, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Krugman is on the wrong side of history and keeps digging himself in. It’s enough for me to know he’ll end up as history’s jester.

zoyclem on September 12, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Wow. Krugman just made it to the top of my short list of People Most Likely To Be The Antichrist. Sorry, Hillary.

stevezilla on September 12, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Can’t be. The antichrist will be extremely smart, charismatic and able to manipulate otherwise intelligent people to his will.

Does any of that fit Krugman?

Solaratov on September 12, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Krugman not being immediately fired for writing such a “repugnant piece” represents a prima facie case of MSM liberal bias.

Knott Buyinit on September 12, 2011 at 1:45 PM

As Charles Johnson would say, I’m flouncing off.

SEE YA!

jakee308 on September 12, 2011 at 6:09 AM

So flounce off, buttercup. You won’t be missed.

Ed Morrissey on September 12, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Love it Ed!!!!

Charles Johnson who?

itsspideyman on September 12, 2011 at 1:59 PM

Sorry, but this is completely wrong. I understand your desire to set the record straight, but adding more lies isn’t the way to go. Clinton, and you can hate him as much as you like, was the #1 proponent of going after Bin Laden. The Republicans stopped him at every turn and won the PR game. I still remember Clinton getting ridiculed for going after Bin Laden by Republicans and the media alike.

So pretty please, with sugar on top, don’t rewrite history like Liberals do.

MrX on September 11, 2011 at 9:19 PM

You cannot be serious. Just try to find some support for what you “remember.” Might you be referring to criticism of the botched aspirin factory bombing? Do you really interpret criticism of a botched mission as equivalent to criticizing the goals of the mission? If I criticize a lousy football coach am I saying I don’t agree with his goal of winning games?

And the silly claim that Clinton was a “proponent” of going after Bin Laden is hilarious. He wasn’t a columnist; he was commander in chief of the military. What could you possibly mean by, “proponent”? This is some sort of weird spin attempt. Please tell me what you actually mean.

Pythagoras on September 12, 2011 at 2:00 PM

So pretty please, with sugar on top, don’t rewrite history like Liberals do.

MrX on September 11, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Could you quote your sources on this assumption?

itsspideyman on September 12, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Can’t be. The antichrist will be extremely smart, charismatic and able to manipulate otherwise intelligent people to his will.

Does any of that fit Krugman?

Solaratov on September 12, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Hmmm…The False Prophet, perhaps?

StarLady on September 12, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Several things. first. Moral people do not read the NYT, except to check on the criminals. Second. anybody who follows Krugman, let alone his tenants, is also a criminal. these points are not arguable. Obama and his nazis are criminals.

proconstitution on September 12, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Am I to late to tell Freddy Krugman to dropdead.

He’s one sick puppy. Perfect for the NYT

Texyank on September 12, 2011 at 10:41 PM

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