Mon Sep 17, 2012, 09:14 AM
n2doc (41,547 posts)
Krugman- Five Points To Nowhere
by Paul Krugman
We’re now getting a lot of “Romney in disarray” stories; we’re also hearing that the solution is for Romney to go out there and sell his five-point plan for the economy.
You’ve got to be kidding. Has anyone actually looked at that “plan”? Not only is it pathetic; its patheticity (pathos? That doesn’t sound right) is no accident. On the contrary, it reflects the same forces that have made the Romney campaign in general such a dud.
It’s not just that the plan’s rhetoric is the same as every other GOP plan since 2004. Nor is it just the complete absence of specifics. It’s the fact that the plan is written in code; Romney doesn’t dare say explicitly what he’s talking about, because his actual agenda is so unpopular.
So, let’s look at the “plan”....
... What the Romney revival people imagine is that he can now go out and aggressively sell his carefully unsubstantive economic ideas, without letting voters know that his underlying ideas involve things they really don’t want.
Good analysis, as always...
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Mon Sep 17, 2012, 10:52 AM
cthulu2016 (10,960 posts)
4. The correct word would be "patheticness"
though it is such a clunky Frankenstein word that one would usually restructure a sentence to avoid it.
Response to cthulu2016 (Reply #4)
Mon Sep 17, 2012, 02:38 PM
Jim Lane (7,721 posts)
5. I agree. The more recent usage would be to call the plan "lame" and decry its "lameness".
Of course, some disability-rights advocates may take umbrage at the youth culture's use of "lame" as a general derogatory adjective.