Paulie, We Hardly Knew Ye

Which, on the whole, is just as well. As of today, the New York Times has put its bizarro lineup of political columnists–Paul Krugman, Maureen Dowd, Frank Rich, Bob Herbert, Nick Kristof, Tom Friedman et al.–behind a $50 a year barrier called “Times Select.” To which all we can say, in George Strait’s immortal words, is:

Goodbye, farewell, so long, vaya con Dios,
Good luck, wish you well, take it slow.
Easy come girl, easy go.

It’s not just that we won’t be reading Krugman and the rest of the Times’ menagerie any more. Neither will anyone else. So, while I’ll miss the fun of dissecting Krugman’s efforts, there isn’t much point in tearing apart something that our readers didn’t see in the first place.
So, to paraphrase Richard Nixon, we won’t have Paul Krugman to kick around any more. All good things must end, I guess. Autumn winds must blow. Time to hit the “save” button!

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