Opinion | Unicorns of the Intellectual Right – by Paul Krugman – NYT

“The hiring-then-firing of Kevin Williamson followed a familiar script. A mainstream media organization hires a conservative in the name of intellectual diversity, then is shocked, shocked to discover that he’s dishonest and/or holds truly reprehensible views – something that the organization could have discovered with a few minutes on Google. But when the bad hire is let go, the right treats him as a martyr, proof of liberal refusal to let alternative viewpoints be heard. Why does this keep happening?

As others have pointed out, the real problem here is that media organizations are looking for unicorns: serious, honest, conservative intellectuals with real influence. Forty or fifty years ago, such people did exist. But now they don’t.”

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Socrates
Downtown Verona. NJ

In 1993, Kudlow predicted that Bill Clinton’s tax increases would dampen economic growth.

When the economy boomed in the late-1990s, Kudlow credited it to tax cuts enacted during the Reagan administration (1981-1989).

Kudlow was a strong advocate of George W. Bush’s substantial tax cuts, and argued that the tax cuts would lead to an economic boom of equal magnitude.

After the implementation of the Bush tax cuts, Kudlow insisted year after year that the economy was in the middle of a “Bush boom”, and chastised other commentators for failing to realize it.

Kudlow firmly denied that the United States would enter a recession in 2007, or that it was in the midst of a recession in early to mid-2008. In December 2007, he wrote: “The recession debate is over. It’s not gonna happen. Time to move on. At a bare minimum, we are looking at Goldilocks 2.0. The Bush boom is alive and well. It’s finishing up its sixth splendid year with many more years to come”.

In a May 2008 column entitled “‘R’ is for ‘Right'”, Kudlow wrote: “President George W. Bush may turn out to be the top economic forecaster in the country”.

By July 2008, Kudlow continued to deny that the economy was looking poor, saying “We are in a mental recession, not an actual recession.”

The most important Republican political talent is a sociopathic combination of pathological liars, congenital greedsters, and award-winning incompetents.

Republicans adore manmade catastrophe.

Grand Old Psychopaths are in the cockpit.

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