Paul Krugman Forces Obama Back To The Drawing Board

Sayeth Kruggles: “Yes, I’ve heard about the notion that I should be nominated as Treasury Secretary. I’m flattered, but it really is a bad idea. Part of the reason is that I am indeed the World’s Worst Administrator — and that does matter. Someone else can do the paperwork — but an administrative job requires making hiring and firing decisions, it means keeping track of many things, and that, to say the least, is not my forte…officials inside the administration can of course have even more influence — but only if they’re good at a very different kind of game, that of persuading the president and his inner circle in behind-closed-doors discussion. And everything I know about myself says that I’m not very good at that game. By my reckoning, then, an administration job, no matter how senior, would actually reduce my influence, leaving me unable to say publicly what I really think and all too probably finding myself unable to make headway in internal debates.” [NYT, related]

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13 Responses to “Paul Krugman Forces Obama Back To The Drawing Board”

  1. guest says:

    Obama must be devastated.

  2. everyone says:

    the world would have been better off ending last month.

  3. 10xLevered says:

    "I suck."
    -Paul Krugman

  4. Incitatus says:

    Waaaaaaaaay too many cats.
    -United States Senate

  5. Bowing to The Master says:

    I used to think I was the "King of the Bullshitters" but now even I must refer to Paul Krugman as "Sire…."

  6. Mrs_Slocombe says:

    …In a related report, Krugman further commented “Notwithstanding my inability to manage even the simplest task (including re-ordering filters for the department Mr. Coffee machine), accepting such a Treasury post would hamper my ability to tax all that young co-ed ass.”

  7. gfgf says:

    Maybe all the persuasion in the world couldn't push a bad idea?

    – guy who thinks krugman developed a model to tell him if he'd be successful at closed-door discussions

  8. nakedahort mobile says:

    my dad loves your shit

  9. Dobo says:

    Thanks Paul for finding something we agree on.

  10. jim toronto says:

    Couldn't squeeze in "World's Worst Administrator" alongside "Nobel Prize Winner," "Former Enron Adviser," and "Unabashed Partisan Hack" on that resume

  11. 2 cubes over says:

    Where's his pussy cat?

  12. Shaqtus says:

    (sigh) I hate you so much Paul.

  13. sohbet says:

    telling these little stories, here's a good idea: Have a point. It makes it so much more interesting for the listener.