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Paul Krugman and Randall Terry Have This in Common

James Taranto 25 February 2010 No Comment

From James Tarranto in the WSJ

We’ve noticed a troubling trend in American politics. This is a Puffington Host post from October 2008:

A local station runs a disturbing story about a Ohio resident named Mike Lunsford who has hung an effigy of Barack Obama in his front yard. Lunsford freely admits that he is against Obama because of his race.

Here’s a CBS News story from last October:

Randall Terry, the anti-abortion rights activist and Operation Rescue founder, believes it’s time to “start drawing from our proud American tradition of burning people in effigy.”

And he’s starting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Terry wants like-minded individuals to burn effigies of the two Congressional Democratic leaders on Halloween to protest health care legislation that he suggests will make Americans pay for “child killing.”

This is from The New Yorker’s profile of former Enron adviser Paul Krugman, an economist at Princeton University:

Once Obama won the primary, Krugman supported him. Obviously, any Democrat was better than John McCain.

“I was nervous until they finally called it on Election Night,” Krugman says. “We had an Election Night party at our house, thirty or forty people.”

“The econ department, the finance department, the Woodrow Wilson school,” Wells says. “They were all very nervous, so they were grateful we were having the party, because they didn’t want to be alone. We had two or three TVs set up and we had a little portable outside fire pit and we let people throw in an effigy or whatever they wanted to get rid of for the past eight years.”

“One of our Italian colleagues threw in an effigy of Berlusconi.”

Krugman is a New York Times columnist, Nobel laureate and Ivy League professor, so you have to assume he is a leader in this movement and the likes of Lunsford and Terry are mere followers.

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