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What a difference a simple majority makes: The (at least) two faces of Paul Krugman

Above is the face of Paul Krugman people see on TV in the New York Times, but the man has (at least) two. Depending upon which party is in power, he is of two faces on the filibuster.  Just see the examples below. (Brought to our attention by a friend.)

Here he is on March 29, 2005:

“But the big step by extremists will be an attempt to eliminate the filibuster, so that the courts can be packed with judges less committed to upholding the law than Mr. Greer.”

And here he is yesterday:

“Senators themselves should recognize this fact and push through changes in those rules, including eliminating or at least limiting the filibuster. This is something they could and should do, by majority vote, on the first day of the next Senate session.”

The only thing that has changed between then and now is which party controls the Senate and by how much, specifically the election of Senator Scott Brown from Massachusetts.

I would ask how Krugman can look at anyone with a straight face, but he probably has a third face for just that occasion.

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