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Sir Krugman of Shrill

The television was on in the background yesterday morning when I heard the shrill Paul Krugman on ABC’s This Week, lamenting the election of Scott Brown:

[W]e have a super majority system […] in which you cannot at this point get anything done without 60 points in the Senate. I mean, what I’ve been thinking about right now is at this point, the House of Representatives has passed a health care bill and has passed a strong financial reform bill. It has passed a strong climate change bill. In any other advanced democracy, that would mean that all of these things would have happened. But in the U.S. system, it takes 60 votes in the Senate to accomplish anything and because the Democrats nominated somebody in Massachusetts who didn’t know her Red Sox, that entire agenda has run aground — incredible.

That’s right.  You see, you people, in this case the Massachusetts voters who elected Scott Brown, are a bunch of ignorant rubes.  Smart people like Paul Krugman understand that we will never be this close to enabling universal health care in our lifetime, which will inevitably help us attain the quality of life and the type of Euro-style, government utopia of our European equals.  How dare you even question the intellectual superiority of those in your government?  Why can’t you all just STFU?

All joking aside, is it really beyond Krugman’s scope of imagination to understand that it wasn’t about not knowing that Curt Schilling played for the Red Sox while campaigning to represent the people of Massachusetts?  That it wasn’t just about Martha Coakley being a bad candidate?  That stuff just piled on to Coakley’s overall stench as a candidate.  No, it wasn’t about all that.

It’s about democracy in action.  The stakes in the Massachusetts special election couldn’t have been more transparent—Brown campaigned on being the deciding factor in the vote on the Senate bill and Coakley campaigned on voting in the affirmative on that bill.  Sure there were other issues, but it was clear that this was a vote on healthcare reform, and the good people of Massachussets made their point quite loudly.   And, I might add, they did it the way it’s supposed to be done in our country—at the ballot box.

Krugman would much rather pontificate from the confines of his ivory tower, shaking his head as he peers down to the rabble below, wondering how we’re not all as enlightened as he and his intellectual bretheren.  Krugman and his ilk see the democratic system and the Senate rules as an impediment to the betterment of our society, when in fact, it’s an integral part of the process.

I’m not pretending to be shocked at Krugman’s drivel, it’s pretty much standard fare from these elitist types.  I’m the idiot I guess, for getting so irked every time it happens.

UPDATE. King Banaian has an interesting post over at Hot Air about the same point I was trying to make and does a better job of spelling it out.  Read the whole thing.

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