He was shrill before but mostly towards movement conservative Republicans. Then he found out Obama *are* one. In Conservative Origins of Obamacare, Krugman lays out the case that we’ve been making for three years now:
The essence of Obamacare, as of Romneycare, is a three-legged stool of regulation and subsidies: community rating requiring insurers to make the same policies available to everyone regardless of health status; an individual mandate, requiring everyone to purchase insurance, so that healthy people don’t opt out; and subsidies to keep insurance affordable for those with lower incomes.
The original Heritage plan from 1989 had all these features.
These days, Heritage strives mightily to deny the obvious; it picks at essentially minor differences between what it used to advocate and the plan Democrats actually passed, and tries to make them seem like a big deal. But this is disinformation. The essential features of the ACA — above all, the mandate — are ideas Republicans used to support.
Then, in Obama the Moderate Conservative, Krugman just gives up and admits that the guy is one of them, admitting that he will get plenty of “foaming at the mouth” comments.
You know, Paul, I’m not so sure about that. The foaming has mostly stopped to be replaced by wide open mouthed thunderstruck gaping. The Obots are finally starting to realize they’ve been played. Even ThereIsNoSpoon isn’t going shwing! over Obama today. He’s more subdued like, “Obama is totally sucking, wow, I can’t believe how bad he is. Damn, wish I didn’t have to vote Democrat in 2012”. So, you know, it’s bad.
But it had to be said, Paul. I admire your optimism in the face of so many inauspicious early data points. You do realize that there’s no going back. There are still a %#$@load of unemployed people out here and our prospects will get bleaker if any deficit reduction plan is implemented. Whether he’s doing it to get re-elected or because he really believes it’s good for the country, we are still going to suffer hard, long and unnecessarily. If that sounds like a description of rape, well, that’s because that’s what it feels like. And it’s only going to get worse right up to election day 2012 because the Republicans *want* the economy to be as bad as it can possibly get before November 2012. I’m not just going to eat my peas because some cocky young jerks and machine politicians in Chicago are calling the shots. Are you?
In any case, we will be sending you our complimentary Democrats in Exile welcome package complete with knitting needles, white sheet and HRT starter pack. Welcome to the club.
In other news: Democrats are starting to agitate for Obama to use the 14th Amendment option. Things are getting a little too interesting in this lifetime.
Did I mention that the Tea Party Representatives really are out of their Fucking minds?? From Hullabaloo:
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said today that some members of his own caucus who are refusing to agree to a compromise debt ceiling deal are hoping to unleash “chaos” and thus force the White House and Senate Democrats to make bigger concessions than they’re already offering. As many as 40 House Republicans, especially Tea Party members and freshmen, have demanded nothing short of changing the Constitution to include a balanced budget amendment before they would vote to raise debt ceiling, even though that has zero chance before the U.S. faces potential default on Aug. 2.
Speaking on conservative radio host Laura Ingraham’s show this morning, Boehner agreed that failing to raise the limit before the deadline would be devastating, and said the “chaos” plan won’t work when asked by Ingraham what’s motivating the recalcitrant Republicans:
BOEHNER: Well, first they want more. And my goodness, I want more too. And secondly, a lot of them believe that if we get past August the second and we have enough chaos, we could force the Senate and the White House to accept a balanced budget amendment. I’m not sure that that — I don’t think that that strategy works. Because I think the closer we get to August the second, frankly, the less leverage we have vis a vis our colleagues in the Senate and the White House.
And then there is this from John McCain who is calling House Republicans names:
Earlier today, he called them Hobbits who were going to refuse to raise the debt ceiling so that the country would turn on Barack Obama and bring down Mordor.
That’s silly, John, Hobbits aren’t that ambitious.
Heads up, Tea Party: If you really want to make Obama one-termer, you do not want to make Democrats start to feel sorry for him.