New York Times op-ed writer Paul Krugman — a lauded economist — has been with greater frequency of late delving into political punditry, albeit with varying degrees of success.
And now Krugman threw down a gauntlet that few could ignore: That Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders — who just won the New Hampshire primary — isn't a socialist.
Krugman indeed is hip to the fact that Sanders calls himself a socialist — except he apparently just doesn't buy it, noting that the 78-year-old Vermont senator "isn't actually a socialist in any normal sense of the term.
He's basically what Europeans would call a social democrat — and social democracies like Denmark are, in fact, quite nice places to live, with societies that are, if anything, freer than our own."
Krugman knows this and added in his Times' piece that "if Sanders becomes the Democratic presidential nominee, his misleading self-description will be a gift to the Trump campaign.