It’s always a peril of political punditry to assume that because we support or oppose something, it’s therefore good or bad political strategy respectively (see post below on the interpretation of elections routinely offered by pro-choicers). There’s a great example today. Paul Krugman attributes the troubles of the Democrats to their insufficient toughness on Wall Street. That may be a contributing factor, but he wants to look the other way when it comes to the unpopularity of the auto bailouts and the massive spending spree so far. If only Democrats had structured things a little differently, he wants to believe, the public would be clamoring for even more government action and spending. Behold the awesome power of self-delusion.