What are You Saying, Paul?

Paul Krugman on Obama on health care:

The initial reaction of the cable talking heads was that Obama blew it because he didn't couch his argument in terms of personal anecdotes, Reagan-style. Then, when it was pointed out that he did, in fact, offer a number of specific examples of people harmed by our current system, the whine became that he didn't give their names.

Now, it's true that George Bush liked to give names of people who would benefit from his tax cuts; but Ronald Reagan's anecdotes -- about, say, the Cadillac-driving welfare queen -- generally didn't name names. And there was a good reason for that: with rare exceptions, Reagan's folksy anecdotes weren't true.