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Round two: Jon Stewart versus Paul Krugman on the trillion-dollar coin

posted at 1:51 pm on January 15, 2013 by

Obligatory after yesterday’s post. Krugman should be quite happy with this, despite the mockery. The worst thing Stewart could have done to him would have been to puncture his “excessive self-regard” with a “Paul who?” routine. Instead he deemed Krugman’s criticism important enough to open the show with a reply, replete with a soothing acknowledgment that he’s a “fan.” Which is curious, because Stewart’s been known to call out nasty hyperpartisan left-wing blowhards from time to time in the past and Krugman is most assuredly a nasty hyperpartisan left-wing blowhard. (George Will all but told Krugman that to his face a few weeks ago.) His low point, as far as I can recall offhand, was when he blamed the right-wing “climate of hate” for the Gabby Giffords shooting that ended up having nothing to do with the right. But he’s got that Nobel and the liberal intelligentsia pays attention to him, so respect must be shown even when he’s pushing a banana-republic idea like a trillion-dollar coin.

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His low point may have been the aftermath of the Giffords shooting, but his high-absurdity point was when he proposed an alien invasion would necessitate a stimulus that would cure our economy. The trillion-dollar coin is rivaling that on the absurdity scale.

Bitter Clinger on January 15, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Stewart always makes you think he actually has balls… but then, alas, he doesn’t. Had to close with “I’m a fan” because, well, he’s afraid that the cool kids he so enjoys being with won’t like him.

Sugar Land on January 15, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Colin Powell to denounce Krugman’s use of the word “Lazy” as racist in 3.. 2.. 1..

ok, maybe not…

trubble on January 15, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Come on, guys — OK, this guy isn’t exactly an expert on economic policy, but he’s pretty consistently a laugh riot.

Same goes for John Stewart.

Chuckles3 on January 15, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Brown nose off, brown nose on.

TexasDan on January 15, 2013 at 3:17 PM

There’s a fine line between genius and madness. Alas for Krugman, he’s nowhere friggin’ near it. lol

Murf76 on January 15, 2013 at 5:34 PM

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