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Irony of ironies!

Paul Krugman went ignored throughout 8 years of Bush and 2 years of Obama campaign. He’s been ignored during the times when economy made page one of papers and tabloids.

But the man who kept himself out of the secret meetings of Obama & his propagandists is started to be noticed now. Funny, all he had to do for this was stay in one spot, not change his tune as Jr made room to Jr.Jr – and somehow he stood out enough to become object of curiosity (and judging by the “Dumbledore Army” like poster seen in NYC, is developping a following as well)

…a lot of people have a ‘creeping feeling’ that the Cassandra from Princeton may just be right. After all, the original Cassandra was.”

Washington Monthly which seems to be on a mission to explain to us how every occurrence in the Universe is meant to help Obama, comes with the “Overton window” concept

Krugman is fulfilling that role, opening what many have called the Overton window, moving the conversation away from the failed conservative ideas of the past.

Yeah, and it makes Obama’s ideas seem less extreme in the “Goldilocks window”, I bet.

But they do include Krugman’s reaction to his new found celebrity

I’ve long been a believer in the magazine cover indicator: when you see a corporate chieftain on the cover of a glossy magazine, short the stock. Or as I once put it (I’d actually forgotten I’d said that), “Whom the Gods would destroy, they first put on the cover of Business Week.”

In other news, our “internationally backgrounded POTUS” who listed under foreign experience “growing up in Indonesia” and was supposed to repair the damage created by Jr, seems to be just as effective abroad as within the borders.

According to the New York Times

Obama Will Face a Defiant World on Foreign Visit

But how can that be? The beer, bratwurst and a show crowd in berlin promissed different! The world was supposed to be his oyster, non?

New York Times, the newspaper who championed him and made all the previous predictions, now writes

Despite his immense popularity around the world, Mr. Obama will confront resentment over American-style capitalism and resistance to his economic prescriptions when he lands in London on Tuesday for the Group of 20 summit meeting of industrial and emerging market nations plus the European Union.

And it seems that Obama needs to lower expectations for his Jr.jr goals.

The president will not even try to overcome NATO’s unwillingness to provide more troops in Afghanistan when he goes on later in the week to meet with the military alliance.

And in East Europe Obama is sacrificing everyone else to Russia

In Prague, Mr. Obama will confront an Eastern Europe nervous about Russian attempts to reassert itself in an area that Moscow views as its backyard. Mr. Obama has taken pains to reassure Russia that his administration will tread carefully regarding Bush administration plans to locate a missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic.

Yet in placating Russia, Mr. Obama has raised hackles in Poland, where officials seek closer ties to the United States.

And his economic choices are unpopular over seas as well

Compounding the problem for Mr. Obama is that the route that he has chosen to lead the United States out of the mess — heavy government spending — is not available to many other countries. European governments, for instance, are far more lukewarm about enormous stimulus programs because they already have strong social safety nets, and more fears of inflation, than does the United States.

So, let’s see: we picked this guy because he was eloquent (not),, would be different than Bush (not) would restore our image abroad(oops). Who would have thunk it?

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Not Your Sweetie

March 2009