Paul Krugman Shreds GOP Contenders, Says They Are Their Own ‘Hurricane Katrina’

Paul Krugman, arguably one of the best economists in America, loves to shut down the Republicans at any turn. He calls them out on not just issues in the economic/fiscal realm, but on social and cultural issues too.

In a recent op-ed in the New York Times, he really laid into a few of the 2016 GOP contenders – Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Donald Trump and Scott Walker. And, given the recent 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Krugman pointed out that these men, because of their repeated blunders and sophomoric outlook on life, will ultimately be their own Hurricane Katrinas.

In other words, their reputations are nothing but smoke and mirrors and will eventually ruin them.

While Republicans like to think of every ‘”scandal” as “Obama’s Katrina,” nothing could be further from the truth, Krugman contends. President Obama has fixed or made right all his “scandals,” whereas Hurricane Katrina showed the nation how truly incompetent and phony President George W. Bush was.

Much like George W. Bush, his brother Jeb, Chris Christie, Donald Trump, and Scott Walker are too.

In Christie’s case, he used to be the tough-talking, no-nonsense, up-yours-Washington outsider the Republicans were wetting themselves over in 2012. While his boisterous, Jersey-esque attitude resonated with conservatives, his policies failed, and New Jersey saw an unprecedented pattern of repeated credit downgradings. Christie can talk the talk but he certainly can’t govern. And in order to make himself even remotely relevant in the GOP, he’s resorted to outrageous immigration “solutions” – like tracking them like FedEx packages.

Krugman is right when he says Christie looks pathetic.

With Jeb Bush (who rode on the coattails of his brother), you have a very unexciting, pandering blowhard. Krugman admits in his op-ed that Bush was once hailed as the best governor in the United States (in part to a successful housing bubble). But now that it’s time for the big boys league – President of the United States – Jeb Bush can’t form a logical, sustainable or affordable policy agenda, which Krugman points out means Jeb was never all that smart to begin with.

Krugman’s words, not mine. Though I tend to agree wholeheartedly.

While mocking the notion that Walker was “the man to watch” and Bobby Jindal was smart, Krugman writes:

“I know, now I’m supposed to be evenhanded, and point out equivalent figures on the Democratic side. But there really aren’t any; in modern America, cults of personality built around undeserving politicians seem to be a Republican thing.”

This is where Donald Trump comes into play.

According to Krugman, Trump’s ignorance of past elections and over-the-top rhetoric will only be his demise. While the Republican establishment ogles at his actually anti-establishment positions, his  arrogance and lack of truly understanding the issues will cause him to have his inevitable Katrina moment, ending all hope of a Trump presidency.

I hope Krugman’ observations extend past Bush, Trump, Christie, Walker and Jindal. In the end, for the sake of the country in 2016, I hope the GOP as a whole has their own Hurricane Katrina. The loonies from the Tea Party have sabotaged a once respectable party and have turned it into a bona fide freak show.

If anything, a Katrina-esque force will allow them to pickup the pieces, rebuild, and become stronger for the better.

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