02/02/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Krugman: GOP Has Become A "Party Of Whiners"

In an editorial, economic Paul Krugman describes the Republicans as a "party of whiners":

As the new Democratic majority prepares to take power, Republicans have become, as Phil Gramm might put it, a party of whiners.

Some of the whining almost defies belief. Did Alberto Gonzales, the former attorney general, really say, "I consider myself a casualty, one of the many casualties of the war on terror"? Did Rush Limbaugh really suggest that the financial crisis was the result of a conspiracy, masterminded by that evil genius Chuck Schumer?

Read the whole thing. Krugman also touched on Gonzales' quote in a blog post this week, saying he was "having a vocabulary problem" attempting to describe "the kind of person who considers his mild discomfort the equivalent of torture, crippling injury, or death for other people."

Gonzales gave the description of himself as a 'casualty of the war on terror' in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, in which he discussed his plans to write a book on the Bush Administration.

"What is it that I did that is so fundamentally wrong, that deserves this kind of response to my service?" he asked the paper. "For some reason, I am portrayed as the one who is evil in formulating policies that people disagree with."