Andy degenerates into pure stupidity
While I think that Andy Sullivan is a fairly intelliegent person, I have to wonder if I am giving him too much credit. Case in point:
KRUGMAN’S NEW LOW: If you want a good example of the sheer partisan degeneracy that now marks Paul Krugman’s New York Times columns, check out today’s. It’s about the rise of nepotism in America’s political system. It’s a worthwhile point, and one I’ve made myself on several occasions. But Krugman manages to make it an entirely partisan issue. Every example of nepotism he gives is Republican or conservative, implying a seamless connnection between family favors and his increasingly unhinged idea that America is now in the grip of a brutal plutocracy. He doesn’t mention Al Gore or Nancy Pelosi, for example, two of the most prominent Democrats whose families were already in the business
America, we all know, is the land of opportunity. Your success in life depends on your ability and drive, not on who your father was.
Just ask the Bush brothers. Talk to Elizabeth Cheney, who holds a specially created State Department job, or her husband, chief counsel of the Office of Management and Budget. Interview Eugene Scalia, the top lawyer at the Labor Department, and Janet Rehnquist, inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services. And don’t forget to check in with William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, and the conservative commentator John Podhoretz.
With the exception of Jeb Bush, everyone mentioned by Krugman in the government jobs, (George W Bush, Elizabeth Cheney, Janet Rehnquist, and Eugene Scalia, and let’s not forget Jim Bunning and Strom Thurmond’s sons, or Michael Powell) were appointed to their positions. Not elected, like Al Gore or Nancy Pelosi. Once again, they were A-P-P-O-I-N-T-E-D. Nepotism is part of the patronage system that was supposed to have fallen by the wayside, but is rearing its ugly little head again during the Bush Administration, with the appointment of the sons and daughters of the well connected. Al Gore ran for his first offices and won, and we will grant that Gore had the advantage of his famous last name, but he was voted into office by the citizens of his district, not handed the job like the others. Pelosi was elected to office in San Francisco which, last I checked was not Baltimore.
Why can’t Andy get this through his head? He’s really starting to look like an idiot about this…
Talk about “partisan degeneracy”…