SHRILL? ME?….Who says Paul Krugman doesn’t have a sense of humor?

To accuse the current administration of wrecking the federal budget sounds, well, shrill ? and we don’t want to sound shrill, do we?

Heh heh. And speaking of Krugman, here is Donald Luskin in NRO explaining how Krugman does it:

But more important is his limitless willingness to prevaricate, exaggerate, character assassinate, use innuendo, and scare-monger ? whatever it takes to make his case.

This is coming from National Review? It was all I could do to keep from choking on my Milky Way bar when I read that last night. I guess NRO has a sense of humor too.

Luskin’s piece is an example of that second most favorite of online activities: fact checking their asses. Like most people who play this game, Luskin seems to think he has scored some devastating hits on Krugman’s veracity but instead ends up sounding mostly juvenile and ridiculous ? rather like a 15-year-old proudly trumpeting a newfound proof that God doesn’t exist. Typical is his effort to “prove” that Krugman was lying when he said that Bush “mortally insulted the Turks.” Luskin is outraged! “They’re still alive,” he says cleverly, apparently referring to Bush’s diplomatic triumph in getting approval to keep our warships bobbing happily in the Mediterranean.

Of course, Luskin gives away the game at the beginning of his article anyway. It’s neither Krugman’s shrillness nor his dedication to the truth that bothers him, but rather that he uses his column “like a flamethrower aimed at everything conservatives and libertarians hold dear.”

Indeed he does, and may he continue to do so for as long as the Times allows him to.