On the Opinion Page: April 18th, 2008

18Apr08

In which The Gay Recluse scores selected opinion pieces in The Times.

Paul Krugman/Clinging to a Stereotype

The Short Version: Obama makes me mad!

In his words: “Over all, none of this suggests that people turn to God out of economic frustration.”

Score: D (Desparate)
Krugman is really annoyed that Hillary Clinton’s chances of winning the nomination don’t look too good, so he spends an entire column rehashing the already done-to-death “bittergate.” We wish he would get over it, and stop quoting his professorial friends in a futile battle against common sense. 

David Brooks/How Obama Fell To Earth

The Short Version: I used to love him, but OMG now I hate him!

In his words: “Now, Democrats are deeply worried their nominee will lose in November. ”

The Score: F (Fake)
That the Clinton/Obama scuffle is helping McCain is obviously the Republican story du jour, and Brooks delivers his “disappointment” with Obama with all the sincerity of sex-scandalized politician at the press conference. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: The Maverick is a pompous, shallow loser, which will become quite apparent once he goes head-to-head with either Obama or Clinton. (He may still win, but that’s another issue.) The only reason people like him is because they haven’t seen him in action. (Zzzzzz.)   

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