Paul Krugman is not just a Nobel Prize-winning economist. He's also a writer with real power and economy — one of the best columnists in the country. Here's an example, from a Wednesday post:
….for the past 14 years America’s
political life has been largely dominated by, well, monsters. 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.
And in our national discourse, we pretended that these monsters were
reasonable, respectable people. To point out that the monsters were, in
fact, monsters, was “shrill.”
Four years ago it seemed as if the monsters would dominate American
politics for a long time to come. But for now, at least, they’ve been
banished to the wilderness.
And here's a sketch from Toles, on what those monsters look like: