Thursday, August 18, 2011

the shreek of mighty KRGTHULU!

I knew something was up today when "krgthulu" kept popping up in my web site analytics. So I went over to Eschaton to see what was up.

Yes, Duncan Black had indeed flung the K-bomb.

Apparently the Obama campaign has been doing some hippie bashing - because since you've already pissed off the Left with the crappy debt deal, why not bash some hippies while you're at it?

Lots more at the Huffington Post.

I can't help but wonder if the Obama administration has it in for Krugman for pointing out a very embarrassing moment for Obama:
Obama, at his press conference last December, announcing his surrender to the GOP on tax cuts; the questioner was Marc Ambinder:

Q Mr. President, thank you. How do these negotiations affect negotiations or talks with Republicans about raising the debt limit? Because it would seem that they have a significant amount of leverage over the White House now, going in. Was there ever any attempt by the White House to include raising the debt limit as a part of this package?

THE PRESIDENT: When you say it would seem they’ll have a significant amount of leverage over the White House, what do you mean?

Q Just in the sense that they’ll say essentially we’re not going to raise the — we’re not going to agree to it unless the White House is able to or willing to agree to significant spending cuts across the board that probably go deeper and further than what you’re willing to do. I mean, what leverage would you have –

THE PRESIDENT: Look, here’s my expectation — and I’ll take John Boehner at his word — that nobody, Democrat or Republican, is willing to see the full faith and credit of the United States government collapse, that that would not be a good thing to happen. And so I think that there will be significant discussions about the debt limit vote. That’s something that nobody ever likes to vote on. But once John Boehner is sworn in as Speaker, then he’s going to have responsibilities to govern. You can’t just stand on the sidelines and be a bomb thrower.

Although I've called Obama a sell-out, this incident is much more worrying - when Obama was asked the question he didn't quite understand what the reporter was asking - as if it never occurred to him that the Republicans would pull even more evil in the future.

The next day The Daily Show also highlighted the moment - and you can see how young Ambinder looks - something that Stewart points out ("Peewee Blitzer"). The relevant section begins at minute 4:00.
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As of this posting Krugman has not yet responded but - he mentioned on his blog recently that his postings would be light due to travel.

But seriously, Obama for America (OFA) New Mexico State Director Ray Sandoval needs to be fired. I don't think he realizes just how influential Krugman is. Seriously, what's next - go after The Daily Show for criticizing the Obama's abysmal performance on the deal negotiations?