Paul Krugman of the New York Times, no fan of Republicans, savages Tim Pawlenty this afternoon in his blog “The Conscience of a Liberal“:
I have to say that there is a mystery associated with Pawlenty — but not about the candidate. Instead, the question is why pundits continue to represent him as a smart, qualified guy. On economics, he has been awesomely clueless — making gross factual errors, demonstrating on repeated occasions that he doesn’t understand anything about monetary economics, etc. (My favorite was the rant against “fiat money“). Maybe there are some subjects on which he isn’t an embarrassing ignoramus, but I’ve yet to see them.
I mean, as far as I can tell he’s Sarah Palin in a suit.
Ouch. But at least he doesn’t say TPaw’s got Michele Bachmann eyes.