The Nobel hasn't conferred any classiness on Paul Krugman. Dancing on the GOP's grave this morning in his NYT column, the newly-minted laureate impugns the party of Lincoln as "a haven for racists and reactionaries."
According to Krugman [file photo], tomorrow's election will purge the Republican congressional delegation of some of its more moderate members, leaving it even more "extreme."
The only evidence Krugman adduces in support of his Republican-are-racists slur is that GOP Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia "observing large-scale early voting by African-Americans, warns his supporters that 'the other folks are voting.'” Where's the racism, given that 90+% of African-Americans are expected to vote for Obama and presumably for Chambliss's Dem opponent?
View video after the jump of Joe Scarborough on today's Morning Joe ripping Krugman as a "shrill, silly, partisan cartoon-character" who takes his cues from the left-wing kookasphere.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: He has accused the Republican party of being racists. This is a shrill, silly, partisan cartoon-character--seriously, he is--and he is not a serious thinker. He has thought patterns --
MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Didn't he win the Nobel Peace Prize?
SCARBOROUGH: He did, that's why I'm saying this. He has thought patterns that are lifted directly from the most extreme elements of the blogosphere. He engages in hyperbole, exaggeration, what I would consider to be hate speech. And he has been rewarded, Mike Barnicle, a Nobel Prize.
MIKE BARNICLE: That's for economics.
Good point. The Peace Prize is reserved for truly deep thinkers. Like Al Gore.