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Paul Krugman

There’s plenty of good op-ed columnists out there but Paul Krugman continues to outshine them all.

His Sept. 3 column on the Repugnican convention borders on a must read. It concludes:

Mr. Bush, it’s now clear, intends to run a campaign based on fear. And for me, at least, it’s working: thinking about what these people will do if they solidify their grip on power makes me very, very afraid.

Cheney’s speech and Tom Ridge continuing to pound the terror drum whenever there’s one piece of bad news are just the most recent examples that fear is the driving force behind the Misleader’s campaign.

Then, here’s the lede from today’s column:

It’s the dishonesty, stupid. The real issue in the National Guard story isn’t what George W. Bush did three decades ago. It’s the recent pattern of lies: his assertions that he fulfilled his obligations when he obviously didn’t, the White House’s repeated claims that it had released all of the relevant documents when it hadn’t.

You’d think the column was about Bush being AWOL. But Krugman does what he does best. Uses this as a springboard for how Bush will also lie to us about taxes and spending.

Krugman’s columns run in the NY Times every Tuesday and Friday and are archived here. If you’re not reading them regularly, you should.

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