Krugman finds various commentators ably demolishing the arguments in Bobo’s pro-voucher piece this morning. That’s great. One should remember, however, that Bobo is not — not anywhere, but especially not here — interested in presenting real arguments, he’s interested in catapulting the propaganda. He uses the phrase “premium support” and pushes the bogus Medicare Part D comparison. He doesn’t delve too deeply into anything, sticking to quick, faux high-brow, totebagger-friendly anecdotes about the power of the free market. If Paul Krugman stops him and starts sticking his big snout in the column, the subterfuge won’t last, but at a glance the arguments will appear to be sound.
I think Bobo is making a mistake here. All discussion of vouchercare hurts Republicans. Producing conservative flim-flam about the awesomeness of vouchercare may get a few Charlie Rose viewers to nod along, but it also produces…more discussion of vouchercare. And that’s bad for the conservative movement.
Bobo should lay low, produce a few columns about what some Assistant Professor of Psychology thinks about dick tweets and so on. But he can’t — conservatives are drawn to vouchercare like moths to a flame.