by Patrick Appel
Watching the health care ruckus, Krugman feels vindicated. During primary season last year he predicted that any Democrat would be unfairly attacked by Republicans. He sees the town halls as disproving the charge that Hillary Clinton was too polarizing. Drum tweaks:
If Hillary Clinton had won last year's Democratic primary and gone on to become president, and then this year's town hall meeting had turned into insane gatherings of lunatics yelling about death panels, every single pundit in Washington Every. Single. One. would be blaming it on her. Their unanimous take would be: Democrats knew that she was a divisive figure and chose to put her in the White House anyway. It's hardly any wonder that conservatives have gone nuts, is it?