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09-30-2012, 08:23 PM   #1
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Krugman asks if the election will be honored

Daily Kos: Paul Krugman asks if the election will be honored

and no, in The Real Referendum, his Monday column for The New York Times, the Nobel Laureate is not raising a question of the election being stolen. He operates from an assumption that the election is not, as the Republicans had expected, a referendum on the President where he would be found wanting.

Instead he sees it like this:

Voters are, in effect, being asked to deliver a verdict on the legacy of the New Deal and the Great Society, on Social Security, Medicare and, yes, Obamacare, which represents an extension of that legacy.

Krugman, assuming the President would win such a referendum against Romney/Ryan, then offers this:

If the polls are any indication, the result of that referendum will be a clear reassertion of support for the safety net, and a clear rejection of politicians who want to return us to the Gilded Age. But here’s the question: Will that election result be honored?

If you think that is a reference to the President still supporting the Simpson-Bowles framework in the search for the so-called "Grand Bargain" in the lame duck session, you would be correct.

Please keep reading.

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A referendum? Romney? The same guy whose state mandated medical plan Obama copied? The medical plan is here to stay regardless of who wins. Romney will do nothing more than tweak a few minor details and then call the whole thing his own.
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As long as Romney was considered the "moderate," there probably wasn't as much greater meaning. Discussion of the 47 per cent speech has broadened the referendum a bit.
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