The NYT's self-anointed extremism cop wrote another silly column the other day, ascribing "extreme" to positions that conservative voters in several states endorsed at the polls. Damn that democracy stuff, right? Paul...?
We are left to guess just what it was about these positions that made them "extreme". I mean, does Krugman get to apply that "extreme" label without any exposition of WHY he thinks something is "extreme"? Yes. Yes, he does. Of course, he IS writing for and to an audience of utterly closed minds, who know the script by rote.
But Officer Krugman seems to only be looking in one direction (his right). Profiling much, Paul?
He seems to have missed some really good examples of gob-stopping EXTREME rhetoric happening closer to home.
Chris Mathews, on a nationally broadcast TV show that nobody sees, called for the nationalization of the U.S. oil industry. He seems to like the idea of summary executions for errant oil company executives, too, a la Red China. No need to bother with that pesky "due process" stuff we endlessly fret about for mass murdering Islamists! No, indeed! Oh, and there is NO REGULATION on oil exploration, doncha know.
Woody Allen seems to approve of Mathew's totalitarian impulse. He's all about having Barack Obama have a few years as dictator.
"It would be good...if (Obama) could be dictator for a few years because he could do a lot of good things quickly," Allen is quoted as saying.
Well, sure, Woody! That's worked really well in the past, right? I mean, what could go wrong?
Ted Turner, Reverend Of The First Church Of I've Got Mine, soberly informed the world that the Gulf oil blow-out was God telling us something or other. Ditto the recent deaths of U.S. and Chinese coal miners. "Maybe we ought to just leave the coal in the ground and just use solar and wind power", opined Turner. Talk about your metaphysical miracles!
I dunno, Paul. Utah voters turning out a GOP squish just doesn't seem to compare on my Extreme-O-Meter. But Mathews, Turner, and Allen are your posse, so everything they said is good, right?