TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2013
The key thing Jon Stewart knew: Oof.
By light years, Paul Krugman has been the most valuable player in upper end journalism over the past dozen years.
That said, we have increasingly felt that his political judgments aren’t always as crisp as his understanding of policy. And uh-oh:
Last night, Jon Stewart had a bit of fun at Krugman’s expense. We think the tape is worth watching. Click here.
A bit of background:
Last week, Stewart was mocking that trillion dollar coin before it rolled under that million pound couch. Krugman voiced his annoyance, even calling Stewart “lazy.” This produced last night’s rebuttal.
Our take: As an economist, Krugman understands policy in ways that few journalists ever do. But as a comedian, Stewart understood something too.
Stewart understood how easily this magical platinum coin could be mocked. He knew that every person in every bar would have thought the idea was just nuts.
Politics involves understanding the way the world will look to others. Tjis is a skill at which we liberals are often remarkably weak.
Going into bars to tell jokes is one way to learn about others. Professors rarely do this.
Warning: Grover Norquist does!