Distinctions without differences
Boy oh boy is Paul Krugman a jerk:
Al Gore never claimed that he invented the Internet. Howard Dean didn’t scream. Hillary Clinton didn’t say she was staying in the race because Barack Obama might be assassinated. And Wesley Clark didn’t impugn John McCain’s military service.
As Thomas Disch once wrote,
Not, that nasty little snot, must always disagree,
if you say that something’s so, he’ll say it cannot be.
Let’s take those claims in order.
Al Gore never claimed that he invented the Internet.
Not exactly and precisely, no. What he actually said was:
During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.
He “took the initiative in creating the internet” which, as any fool can tell you, is not at all the same as actually creating it. Completely different. The two aren’t even related tenuously. When he says he took the initiative in creating it, you’re not even supposed to think he had anything to do with the internet, let alone that he played any kind of intiatory role in creating it.
Only idiots and right-wing hacks could possibly think otherwise.
Howard Dean didn’t scream.
Oh, no. Not at all:
Not a scream. A “yeaaaaagh”, in a whiny high-pitched voice, okay. But not a scream.
Hillary Clinton didn’t say she was staying in the race because Barack Obama might be assassinated.
Here’s how the New York Post quoted her:
“My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don’t understand it,” she said, dismissing calls to drop out.
So, clearly, she did not say that she was staying in the race because Obama might be assassinated.
And, just as clearly, that’s exactly what she was trying to imply, without actually saying it.
So no, she did not precisely say it, but she sure wanted you to think it.
The rest of his column is the usual twaddle, trying to conflate McCain with Evil Overlord Karl Rove, and smear him with the Swift Boat label. Ignoring completely that the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth have never actually been shown to be, you know, lying, even though John Kerry could easily and at any time release his military records which supposedly disprove their assertions.