In a recent Newsweek "net exclusive" the politically liberal Jonathan Alter begins his column by telling readers:
Paul Krugman is a brilliant Princeton economist and fine columnist for The New York Times who was far ahead of the pack in asserting that George W. Bush is a total disaster as presidentAnd that isn't all.
In the next sentence, Alter assures readers:
[Frugman's] clarity in explaining what academics call "political economy" is without peer.Wow!
If Alter had stopped there, I might have believe he thinks Krugman is brilliant.
But in the very next sentence Alter says of his fellow liberal and passionate Bush-hater Krugman:
But his attack on Barack Obama on December 17 was wrong on history, wrong on politics and wrong on what the future holds for Obama's "big table" idea.Woah, Nelly!
If a Princeton professor and NYT columnist is wrong on history, politics and "what the future holds for Obama's 'big table' ideas," how can he be brilliant?
It's a little like believing it was a brilliant politican who said, "I never, ever had sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky," before the DNA study revealed it was his seman which stained her dress.
Alter's entire column is here.