Opinions of convenience
Posted by: Jon Henke
on Saturday, February 09, 2008
A letter in today's New York Times, responding to Paul Krugman's Feb 1st column "The Edwards Effect", in which Paul Krugman wrote that John Kerry ran "a cautious campaign, without strong, distinctive policy ideas."
Paul Krugman ridicules John Kerry’s 2004 campaign as “cautious” and “without strong, distinctive policy ideas.”
Talk about a flip-flop that would even make Mitt Romney jealous: Mr. Krugman suggests that Mr. Kerry’s policies weren’t distinctive, but in 2004 when writing about health care policy he said, “The difference [from Bush] couldn’t be starker.”
How is it that so many of the same policies Mr. Krugman found “cautious” in 2004 have become “bold” in 2008?
Let me add a bit more of what Krugman said about Kerry's 2004 policy proposals.
- In July 2004, Paul Krugman wrote that "John Kerry has proposed an ambitious health care plan", which was "a truly good idea".
- In November 2004, Paul Krugman said of Kerry's health care policy, "I'm in love with one piece of it, and I think it is just brilliant ... actually a very smart idea."