Mr. Sensitive

August 21, 2012

Niall Ferguson is a Republican

Filed under: Uncategorized — lbej @ 13:14

We got this in the mail today.

Yes, I still read news magazines in magazine-form.  So I read the cover article.  This guy, Niall Ferguson, is a Republican; he doesn’t hide that fact.  Newsweek is all-but-hiding it, so credit goes to Ferguson for not pretending he doesn’t have a partisan rooting interest.  Evidently that’s all the credit he should get.  He’s off on key facts, especially about the ACA’s budget impact, but I’m not interested in talking about that.  What disappointed me about the article is the complete failure of the author to make a case for the Republican ticket, the task he sets himself in the second half of the piece.  Much of his criticism of Obama’s executive performance is fair; while I don’t blame Obama for the macroeconomic trends Ferguson tries to pin on him, his handling of the Democratic Congress during his first term was laughable, and he’s not a good manager.  What Ferguson fails to note–glaringly–is that his party has refused to work with Obama on anything since taking control of the House after the 2010 elections, making its one and only goal the President’s defeat in 2012.  Right-wingers like to call Obama a dictator, but of course he isn’t–maybe they skipped school for the Social Studies lesson on ‘how a bill becomes a law.’  If the Congress refuses to do anything but pass a symbolic repeal of the ACA three dozen times, the nothing of the last two years is what results.

The biggest problem I have with the Ferguson article is another failure of fact-checking, I guess.  Turns out, Niall, that Paul Ryan isn’t running for President–Mitt Romney is.  Ferguson has almost nothing to say about the man he wants his readers to put in charge of their country for four years.  ‘Mitt Romney is not the best candidate for the presidency I can imagine,’ he says.  ‘But he was clearly the best of the Republican contenders for the nomination.’  Then Romney gets two more sentences: one, a nod to his business experience, and the other, praise for his wisdom in choosing Ryan as his running mate.  The rest of Ferguson’s article is a love letter to Paul Ryan, who–fact-checking is a bitch–is still not running for President.  Where was the incisive critique of Joe Biden, Niall?  There wasn’t one?  Is that because Biden is running for Vice President, the office of which has no Constitutional powers other than voting to break a tie in the Senate?  If Romney does win in November, he better not get anywhere near Niall Ferguson.  With only Mitt between the love of his life and the Oval Office, I don’t know if Niall will be able to resist taking a shot.

As for the criticism of Ryan’s plan (Ryan, who isn’t running for President), including President Reagan’s budget director’s description of it as ‘a fairy tale,’ Ferguson’s rebuttal is, to paraphrase, ‘nuh-uh.’



  1. When I just saw this pop up in my email and read the title, I thought it was going to be about that One Direction boy named Niall and that you’d broken Reagan’s heart by telling her she couldn’t like him anymore.

    Comment by euregirlsandboys — August 21, 2012 @ 13:19 | Reply

    • That must be a British name; this Ferguson dude is British, too. What’s up with that? I thought we threw them out in 1781.

      Comment by lbej — August 21, 2012 @ 13:34 | Reply

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