Krugman rationing his rationality
No one could have anticipated...
Just two days after Krugman (again) pronounced that Obama is a conservative (if inaccurately, as a moderate one) Obama is now a "mystery man," presumably antagonistic to conservative outcomes, but squandering "his own bargaining power" by his insistence on weak tactics of "compromising [and] his continuing faith in bipartisanship."
Predictable as this was, still... wow, just wow.
FWIW, both posts have former Reaganite Bruce Bartlett as their muse, not that I expect that particularly factors into the equation.
Krugman has some propensity to walk the plank, to get oh-so-near exiting the ObamaDem fold... and a countervailing propensity to walk it back, at least enough to recoil into the posture of Obama being—not a clear and present conservative—but a disappointment or conundrum.
Perhaps, to feed the hobgoblin of consistency, Krugman would be willing to swap these realities on a more-orderly schedule. On odd-numbered days, Obama could be understood as a conservative with policy objectives inimical to liberal values and interests—and simply to the needs of the era. On even-numbered days, he'll be a spineless weakling wrapped in an enigma.
That way, readers won't continually be subjected—like Memento's Leonard Shelby or 50 First Dates'Lucy Whitmore—to amnesiatic whiplash.