Hate Springs Eternal, by Paul Krugman (emphasis mine):

“Racism, misogyny and character assassination are all ways of distracting voters from the issues, and people who care about the issues have a shared interest in making the politics of hatred unacceptable.”

Racism, misogyny, character assassination, and the politics of hatred. Sounds like a Eugene Robinson and Paul Krugman analysis of the Tea Parties.

But in fact, Krugman penned that column in February 2008, and was talking about Democrats in the 2008 Democratic primary:

… [T]hese days even the Democratic Party seems to be turning into Nixonland.

The bitterness of the fight for the Democratic nomination is, on the face of it, bizarre….

I won’t try for fake evenhandedness here: most of the venom I see is coming from supporters of Mr. Obama, who want their hero or nobody. I’m not the first to point out that the Obama campaign seems dangerously close to becoming a cult of personality….

But most of all, progressives should realize that Nixonland is not the country we want to be. Racism, misogyny and character assassination are all ways of distracting voters from the issues, and people who care about the issues have a shared interest in making the politics of hatred unacceptable.

The internet sure does have a long memory. For those who know how to use Google.

Note: With this post I officially start a “Paul Krugman” tag. Because his material is priceless.

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