EW YORK -- New York Times columnist Paul Krugman didn't name names in Monday's column calling out "centrist" defenders of Rep. Paul Ryan's budget plan, but signs point to two fellow Times writers: David Brooks and James Stewart.
In "The Gullible Center," Krugman knocked those commentators whose "self-image, and to a large extent their professional selling point, depends on posing as high-minded types standing between the partisan extremes, bringing together reasonable people from both parties -- even if these reasonable people don't actually exist."
So does the moderate conservative Brooks see himself as the "centrist" in question?
"I really can't comment on a colleague's column," Brooks told The Huffington Post. "Tough enough to keep up with my own."
Well, if Brooks hasn't been keeping up, here's a brief rundown.
On Friday, Brooks slammed President Obama for his harsh critique of Ryan's budget days earlier, arguing that the president had taken the low road and distorted Ryan's proposal. Stewart suggested in a Saturday column that Obama's criticism was part of the "overheated partisan rhetoric" on the left surrounding Ryan's budget plan.
That same day, Krugman fired off a blog post about "Ryan apologists," arguing that they come in two types.
My intent was to post the Brooks article. What a divisive jacka$$ Krugman is. And we wonder why politics is what it is... people like him.