January 16, 2004

O'Neill, Intimidated?

Krugman today:

"Another is that the Bush people really are Nixonian. The bogus security investigation over Ron Suskind's "The Price of Loyalty," like the outing of Valerie Plame, shows the lengths they're willing to go to in intimidating their critics. (In the case of Paul O'Neill, alas, the intimidation seems to be working.) A mild-mannered, upbeat candidate would get eaten alive."

The Guardian, in a typically anti-Bush piece, doesn't go that far:

"Mr O'Neill's disillusion personifies a latent split in the Republican party between traditional moderates and followers of the president's father, and the hardliners around the second President Bush. Mr O'Neill served in the Nixon and Ford administrations before moving on to run the Alcoa aluminium corporation, where he dedicated himself to improving worker safety. He insists he continues to support the wider Republican cause but he is not going to be silenced. He declares: "I'm an old guy, and I'm rich. And there's nothing they can do to hurt me." [empasis added]

As Glenn pointed out, Dan Drezner pretty much has the definitive post on the whole O'Neill flare up. Go read it, Drezner's created a no-spin zone on the issue with some sober analysis. Too bad he's not writing at the Guardian or Times...

Posted by Gregory at January 16, 2004 10:48 AM
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