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Paul Krugman, Reluctant Messiah

Says the humble New York Times scribe:

Yes, I’ve heard about the notion that I should be nominated as Treasury Secretary. I’m flattered, but it really is a bad idea.

Part of the reason is that I am indeed the World’s Worst Administrator — and that does matter. Someone else can do the paperwork — but an administrative job requires making hiring and firing decisions, it means keeping track of many things, and that, to say the least, is not my forte.

Oh, and there’s not a chance that I would be confirmed.

But the main point, as I see it, is that it would mean taking me out of a quasi-official job that I believe I’m good at and putting me into one I’d be bad at.

He goes on to explain why. If Our Lord had had a New York Times blog…

Yes, I’ve heard about the notion that I should be nominated as the Messiah, the King of the Jews. I’m flattered, but it really is a bad idea.

Part of the reason is that I’m the World’s Worst Administrator. I hand-picked my executive leadership team, and one of them turns out to have been a mole whose corporate espionage caused a catastrophic, if temporary, failure for the firm. What’s more, the guy I tapped to head the team went AWOL on me when I was trying to deal with the crisis the mole caused. Keeping track of these things is not, to say the least, my forte.

Oh, and there’s not a chance I would be confirmed. …

Et cetera.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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