Arguably, the current state of the Republican Party is such that only extreme narcissists have a chance of getting nominated.
I suppose a lot of things are "arguable," like whether Governor Mike Huckabee, who is both one of the least narcissistic people walking the Earth and the runner-up in this weekend's Iowa Straw Poll of Republican candidates, has a chance of getting nominated. But this is just Krugman being Krugman. What caught my eye was the next statement:
To be a serious presidential contender, after all, you have to be a fairly smart guy — and nobody has accused either Mr. Romney or Mr. Giuliani of being stupid.
Really? What Presidential primary contest is he watching? Here's what Google has to say on the matter:
Much of the political commentary surrounding the election will, in some way or another, be the political fringes on the right and the left calling some candidates stupid; that is, when the rhetoric does not rise to the level of calling them "extreme narcissists" in major media outlets.