Paul Krugman wrote in the New York Times on Wednesday that this election marked “the end of the monster years.” He explained that what he meant was that the past fourteen years had been dominated by “Monsters like Tom DeLay, who suggested that the shootings at Columbine happened because schools teach students the theory of evolution. Monsters like Karl Rove, who declared that liberals wanted to offer “therapy and understanding” to terrorists. Monsters like Dick Cheney, who saw 9/11 as an opportunity to start torturing people.”
Krugman didn’t write about Minnesota, but his readers did, as they challenged his thesis that the “monster years” are over.
Four of the first fifteen comments on his column mentioned our own, re-elected Michelle Bachmann. A commenter from Chicago summed up their sentiments:
“I wish I could agree with you. But this morning my joy at the election of Senator Obama quickly vanished when I learned that Prop. 8 passed in California, that Ted Stevens and Rep. Bachmann were reelected.”