Current Wisdom

Current Wisdom

By From the April 2012 issue

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Columnist Paul Krugman makes another obscure point about something that Rick Santorum did or did not say that can be heard on the Internet or it cannot, and then there are the Crusades, which—oh the hell with it. Krugman is an acquired taste:

[S]omething has clearly gone very wrong with modern American conservatism.

Start with Rick Santorum, who, according to Public Policy Polling, is the clear current favorite among voters, running 15 points ahead of Mr. Romney. Anyone with an Internet connection is aware that Mr. Santorum is best known for 2003 remarks about homosexuality, incest, and bestiality. But his strangeness runs deeper than that.

For example, last year Mr. Santorum made a point of defending the medieval Crusades against the "American left who hates Christendom." Historical issues aside (hey, what are a few massacres of infidels and Jews among friends?), what was this doing in a 21st-century campaign?
(February 13, 2012)


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