Paul Krugman: Few GOPers are crazier than Ted Cruz

"There are a lot of politicians just as crazy as Ted Cruz, but very few who are ... crazier than Ted Cruz"

By Elias Isquith

Published November 13, 2013 10:44PM (EST)

Paul Krugman                                                                                                                                                                   (AP/Lai Seng Sin)
Paul Krugman (AP/Lai Seng Sin)

At his New York Times blog, Paul Krugman has some fun with what he calls "the crazy lower bound," arguing that while there's a continuum of crazy throughout the political spectrum, there's a "bunching" of crazy on the right-wing that's unlike anything else.

Krugman writes:

[Y]ou might expect the views of US politicians to be spread along a smooth left-right continuum — and that it indeed what you find if you look at the center and left of US politics. On the right, however, there certainly seems to be a lot of bunching right at a sort of crazy lower bound — there are a lot of politicians just as crazy as Ted Cruz, but very few who are (or at least are willing to be seen as) crazier than Ted Cruz. It’s a lot like the distribution of wage changes, where there is a spread of positive changes but a large spike at zero and very few actual wage cuts.

Krugman doesn't offer any concrete theories as to why there's the Cruz crazy lower bound; he just insists that folks shouldn't be so quick to dismiss the usefulness of the left-right political model for judging the crazy. "[W]e really do have a pretty one-dimensional political universe," he writes.

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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