Is it just me, or have you also noticed that ever since Paul Krugman began appearing on cable news shows his Princetonian tolerance for conventional bullshit has undergone a pronounced decline? Yesterday, for instance, I caught just a minute of Krugman on Fareed Zakaria's "GPS," in which he was hilariously dismissive of the Beltway's prevailing wisdom. I paraphrase: Everyone keeps saying President Obama should focus on the economy, to which Krugman added, What's Obama supposed to do? Wander around the White House muttering "I'm focused on the economy?" even though there's not a chance in hell of the GOP House following up? On anything productive?
And in today's column, there's this:
O.K., at this point the conventions of punditry call for saying something to demonstrate my evenhandedness, something along the lines of "Democrats do it too." But while Democrats, being human, often read [empirical] evidence selectively and choose to believe things that make them comfortable, there really isn’t anything equivalent to Republicans’ active hostility to collecting evidence in the first place....
[F]or all the talk of reforming and reinventing the G.O.P., the ignorance caucus retains a firm grip on the party’s heart and mind.
No, it's not an untethered rant or anything close to blogospheric rage, but it seems to reflect an increasing, almost unTimes-like impatience with, and what's more a growing disgust of, his commenting colleagues' willful ignorance.
Perhaps he has suffered long enough the George Wills on panels and David Brookses in print. Or maybe I'm just projecting.