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5 January 2004

Bad blood

One bomb burst of the bizarre this morning. NPR's Diane Rehm Show scheduled a program about the economic outlook, and Paul Krugman (Princeton professor and columnist for The New York Times) and Grover Norquist (head of Americans for Tax Reform) were booked; Krugman apparently said that he would not appear alongside Norquist.

So Diane did the first half of the hour with Krugman, the second half with Norquist, and I'm wondering: have these guys been feuding lately? Krugman has occasionally sniped at Norquist, but I'm surprised things have gotten to such a state.

Posted at 9:45 AM to Political Science Fiction


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I would say it's more a case of Krugman not wanting to share air time with someone that would make him look like the fool he is.

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip at 6:04 PM on 5 January 2004

Krugman really is an intellectual weakling and a bully. At least his right-wing counterpart, Ann Coulter, will actually appear with people who disagree with her. Then again, she castrates them as soon as they open their mouths, so I don't suppose that's any improvement.

Posted by: Dean Esmay at 5:44 AM on 6 January 2004

Nowhere during the hour did I get the impression that Norquist would have objected to Krugman's presence, so I have to assume that Krugman has, um, issues.

To give Ann Coulter her due, she doesn't shrink from any confrontation with anyone.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:34 AM on 6 January 2004

I sense that Krugman, like myself would do poorly in a shouting match. Coulter thrives on confrontation. If you've ever seen Krugman you would know that he is not your angry firebreathing commentator but rather more the mousy academic.

I would have prefered they appear together though.

Posted by: bruce at 2:56 PM on 6 January 2004