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Paul Krugman: Newt Gingrich Is ‘A Stupid Man’s Idea Of What A Smart Person Sounds Like’

Paul Krugman: Gingrich Is 'A Stupid Man's Idea Of What A Smart Person Sounds Like'

On This Week with Christiane Amanpour, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman gave his two cents about why Republican support is beginning to coalesce around Newt Gingrich, with a snarky barb thrown in for good measure. “It was his time, the Republican base doesn’t want Romney and they keep looking for an alternative, and Newt — although somebody said ‘he’s a stupid man’s idea of what a smart person sounds like,’ but he is more plausible than the other guys they’ve been pushing up.”

Earlier, panelist Peggy Noonan gave Gingrich props for his debate strategy and going after the media. “One thing that I think Newt has going for him is we’re a nation of insiders in the way that everybody’s always on the internet reading stuff. The base of the Republican Party knows that the establishment of the Republican Party doesn’t like Newt. That’s a big plus,” Noonan observed. “The second thing is that Newt’s debate strategy was so fresh — and so spoke to Republicans because he did this, he said I’m not going to fight with the other guys, they know I’ll be a better president than Obama. What I’m going to do is tell what we have to do to get out of the mess we’re in. Plus, I’m going to hate the media for you and take them on.”

Watch Noonan and Krugman’s analysis of Newt Gingrich below via ABC:

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