Krugman also won the Tea Party Terrorists Award for another blast of toxicity, this one less than two hours after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot (and several others murdered) by a young madman. Krugman didn't need to wait for the evidence. He knew the culprits. He blamed conservatives.
"We don't have proof yet that this was political, but the odds are that it was. She's been the target of violence before." This was a reference to her district being "targeted" in a Sarah Palin list of Democrats to defeat. "Her father says that 'the whole Tea Party' was her enemy. And yes, she was on Sarah Palin's infamous 'crosshairs' list. Just yesterday, Ezra Klein remarked that opposition to health reform was getting scary. Actually, it's been scary for quite a while, in a way that already reminded many of us of the climate that preceded the Oklahoma City bombing. ...Violent acts are what happen when you create a climate of hate. And it's long past time for the GOPs leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers."
Where were Krugman and his fellow Democratic opponents of "toxic talk" to take a stand against left-wing radio host Mike Malloy, who asked for Bush to be assassinated by Navy SEALs after they killed Osama bin Laden? "So when does SEAL Unit 6, or whatever it's called, drop in on George Bush? Bush was responsible for a lot more death, innocent death, than bin Laden." That won the Damn Those Conservatives Award.
Conservatives are assumed to be deeply racist by the tolerant left. The Ku Klux Con Job Award was won by MSNBCs Lawrence O'Donnell for shocking liberal ex-Gov. Jennifer Granholm with the notion that the phrase "Obama and his union bosses" in an ad was racist: "Does that sound to you like they are trying to consciously or subconsciously deliver the racist message that, of course, of course a black man can't be the real boss?" Granholm confessed she hadn't thought about that. It takes a Paul Krugman level of "imagination" to smear conservatives with this kind of mud.