Just finished the New Yorker Krugman piece. I realize that what the world needs now is another Bob Somerby like I need a hole in my head, but I’m always struck by what a watershed event the 2000 election was:
It was the 2000 election campaign that finally radicalized him. He’d begun writing his column the year before, and although his mandate at the outset was economic and business matters, he began paying more attention to the world in general. During the campaign, he perceived the Bush people telling outright lies, and this shocked him. Reagan’s people had at least tried to justify their policies with economic models and rationalizations. Krugman hadn’t believed the models would work, but at least they were there.
Update. Speaking of Somerby, he’s writing a book about the 2000 election that you can read here (h/t Dennis G).