Man Without Qualities

Monday, January 06, 2003

It's A Terrible Thing To Have Lost One's Mind

In Paul Krugman's case, Dan Quayle was apparently right.

Translated sample from Herr Doktor Professor Krugman's new interview with Der Spiegel (from Andrew Sullivan):

Sometimes I have the feeling that I no longer live in one of the world's oldest democracies, but in the Philippines under a new Marcos. ... I now find myself once again as the lonely voice of truth in a sea of corruption. Sometimes I think that one of these days I'll end up in one of those cages on Guantanamo Bay (laughs).

It is hard to imagine some Krugman Watcher/Basher inventing and putting these words in his mouth as a pointed parody.

MORE: Rush Limbaugh posts a ferret-Krugman montage to illustrate Limbaugh's opinion that Paul Krugman is like a ferret.

Such things are all a matter of taste. But to the Man Without Qualities the ferret montage is distinctly more "fresh faced" and appealing than is the likeness of Professor Krugman on his own New York Times biography page. The Times gives him a rather anxious and suspicious, almost terrified, look - as if he had perhaps just awakened from a nightmare in which conspirators crawled from that sea of corruption to put him in a cage on Guantanamo Bay.

Limbaugh's fresh-faced, warm-and-furry look is definitely better - in my opinion. For one thing, many find that a ferret is a rather nice pet.

As always, the reader is invited to make up her own mind.

Ferret link from Croooow Blog.

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